Welcome to Understanding Addiction. This resource is designed to help those suffering from addiction and those who support them learn how to identify, treat and recover from addiction.

Defining Substance Abuse & Addiction

Substance addiction is a complex disorder, but it can be understood and addressed.

Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholism is serious and powerful. Lifelong recovery is possible through education and treatment.

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction ruins health, relationships and disrupts lives. Discover why it occurs and how to work toward recovery.

Types of Drug Addiction

Between illegal and over the counter drugs individuals can become addicted to a wide variety of substances.

Internet Addiction

Just as destructive as other addiction types, but far more overlooked.

Gambling Addiction & Treatment

Gambling addiction has the potential to ruin lives, but can be treated with professional help.

Sex Addiction

Sex is part of a healthy life, but when it becomes an addiction it can harm a person's health, relationships and daily functioning.

Addiction in Teens

Teen substance abuse is prevalent and has long-lasting consequences. Early education and intervention can help.

Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a national epidemic. Millions of teenagers throughout the U.S. abuse alcohol, thus risking serious consequences that could have lifelong impact.

Teen Drug Addiction

Teenage drug abuse commonly requires immediate, professional intervention.

Relationships & Addiction

Relationships and addiction are closely linked and must be addressed simultaneously for lasting recovery.

Addiction Treatment Types

Recovering from addiction is hard work, but those suffering from addiction can rest assured that effective treatment is available in a variety of forms.

Co-Occurring Disorders

Mental health issues and addiction frequently go hand-in-hand. Discover why it’s critically important to address both.

The Impact of Substances on the Brain

Learn how substance use can interfere with brain chemistry, impact the developing brain, lead to long-lasting consequences, and more.

Drug Poisoning Facts and Prevention Tips

Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs. Learn more about drug poisoning and the ways it can be prevented.

Addiction in the Workplace

The Addiction Crisis confronting the United States deeply effects its workforce.

Opioid Overdose

Overdose is common among persons who use illicit opioids such as heroin and among those who misuse medications prescribed for pain, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine.