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Welcome to Understanding Addiction. This resource is designed to help those struggling with addiction and those who support them learn how to identify, treat and recover from all types of addiction.

  • Defining Substance Abuse and Addiction
    Defining and understanding a complex disease
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  • Alcoholism
    Alcoholism is serious and powerful. Lifelong recovery is possible through education and treatment.
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  • Drug Addiction
    Drug addiction ruins health, relationships and disrupts lives. Discover why it occurs and how to work toward recovery.
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  • Internet Addiction
    Just as destructive as other addiction types, but far more overlooked.
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  • Gambling Addiction & Treatment
    Gambling addiction has the potential to ruin lives, but can be treated with professional help.
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  • 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.
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  • Teen Addiction & Abuse
    Teen substance abuse is prevalent and has long-lasting consequences. Early education and intervention can help.
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  • Relationships & Addiction
    Relationships and addiction are closely linked and must be addressed simultaneously for lasting recovery.
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  • Addiction Treatment Types
    Recovering from addiction is hard work, but addicts can rest assured that effective treatment is available in a variety of forms.
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  • Co-Occurring Disorders
    Mental health issues and addiction frequently go hand-in-hand. Discover why it’s critically important to address both.
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  • Addiction Stats
    Equip yourself to recognize and confront addiction and mental health issues.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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