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.

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.