Understanding Substance Abuse & Addiction

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is a “primary chronic disease of the brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Addiction is characterized by the inability to stop using harmful substances despite its negative effects on your personal and professional life. Prolonged use of these substances can cause greater dependence on them and increase your risk of disability or premature death.

Whether you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, it’s vitally important that you know the facts, understand the potential dangers, and are able to make a difference. With that in mind, here is a collection of resources to help you get the information you need.


Alcohol


Marijuana


Heroin


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Teens


Substance Abuse and Addiction in Adults