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Substance Use Disorder

Understanding Substance Use Disorders

There are more deaths, illness and disabilities attributed to the use of alcohol and other drugs than any other preventable health condition.

Unfortunately, substance use disorders are also one of the most highly stigmatized medical conditions that exist. 

Substance use disorders are the diagnosable addictive illnesses listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which currently lists nine types of substance addictions—alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, inhalants, opioids, sedatives, hypnotics, and anxiolytics, stimulants and tobacco.

Because addiction is a disease and not a moral weakness or shortcoming, treatment is possible and even effective!

Research shows that treatment can help patients stop using, avoid relapse and successfully recover their lives. Of individuals with chronic dependence who achieved sustained recovery, the majority did so after participating in treatment.

Understanding Substance Use Disorders Brochure

Want to learn more? Read our brochure or check out Tips & Info From Our Experts below. 

Tips & Info From Our Experts

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Are You Sober Curious?

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How to Provide Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery

How to Provide Healthy Support to Family Members in Recovery

When we understand addiction as a disease, we are more likely to provide empathy and support to someone who may be struggling with substance use disorder.

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The Power of Group Therapy in Residential Addiction Treatment

The Power of Group Therapy in Residential Addiction Treatment

Learn how group therapy in a residential addiction treatment setting helps provide social support, reduces isolation and decreases stigma.

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Addiction: A Physician’s Perspective

Addiction: A Physician’s Perspective

Nearly 120,000 of our friends, neighbors, and family will die of this disease within the next year. If one considers addiction to nicotine, that number swells to well over one-half million. Addiction finds its home in some of the deepest parts of...

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