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Addiction Resources

Addiction is a complex disease. Choosing recovery is possible.

According to a study published in 2014, an estimated 21 million Americans struggled with substance use disorder. 80% struggled with alcohol use disorder, while 7 million struggled with a drug use disorder. About 8 million Americans are coping with a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental illness, or co-occurring disorders. Together, addiction and drug abuse cost Americans $200 billion a year.

The good news is choosing recovery is possible.

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Facts about addiction

Choosing recovery starts by understanding the symptoms of substance use disorder and addiction. There is no one cause for addiction, which is a complex and chronic disease. The articles below will help you better understand the signs and symptoms of addiction and what causes it.

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Coping with opioid addiction

Opioid medications, such as prescription painkillers, and street opiates, such as heroin, are highly addictive and addiction to these substances can often lead to death. Learn more about opioid addiction and treatment options for opioid addiction - such as medication assisted treatment - in the following articles.

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Substance abuse in the family

Substance abuse is often hereditary. The following articles will help you cope with substance use disorder, alcohol abuse and addiction in your family.

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Understanding mental illness

An estimated 8 million Americans struggle with substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental illness, or co-occurring disorders. The articles below will help you understand the signs of mental illness and how mental illness can affect someone who is struggling with substance use disorder.

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Addiction help for veterans

Our Veterans Programs offer services to men and women veterans and their families. We offer treatment for mental health issues, PTSD, substance use, release from incarceration, disabilities and homelessness. Learn more about how substance abuse and addiction affects veterans in the articles below.

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Treatment for addiction

While addiction is a chronic and complex disease, choosing recovery is possible. The articles below will help you understand your treatment options when it comes to addiction.

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Facts about addiction

Nearly 22 million people in the United States are affected by drug and alcohol abuse. In fact, 1 in 7 people will experience addiction during their lifetime. Understanding the symptoms and risk factors for addiction is an important step in preventing substance use disorders and finding treatment.

Learn more about substance abuse and addiction.

Our free substance abuse eBook is a great place to start. We cover topics like:

  • What is addiction?
  • What drugs are commonly abused?
  • What causes substance abuse?
  • Can substance abuse be prevented?
  • Can substance use disorders be treated?
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Coping with opioid addiction

Opioid drugs include prescription painkillers like Oxycodone, Vicodin, and Fentanyl. Illegal substances like heroin are also considered opioid drugs. Opioid substances are addictive because of how they interact with the brain and nervous system. They change brain chemistry which can lead to drug tolerance and dependence. While opioids are highly addictive, there are treatments available that make achieving recovery possible.

How Suboxone treats opioid addiction

Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used as part of medication assisted treatment (MAT). It is used to treat opioid dependence and can help discontinue opioid use and support recovery.



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Substance abuse in the family

If your loved one is struggling with addiction, having a healthy and positive support system can make a difference. It's important to be prepared with the tools and knowledge you need to start tough conversations. We know how difficult it can be when someone you love is affected by substance abuse, but you are not alone. We're here to help you find treatment and support your family needs.

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Understanding mental illness

People who are struggling with substance abuse and addiction are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health condition. When this happens, it is called a co-occurring disorder. Because many of the behavioral side effects of alcohol and drug use are similar to symptoms of a mental health condition, receiving a diagnosis for a co-occurring disorder can take time. However, you should not wait for a diagnosis to seek treatment for addiction.

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Addiction help for veterans

The needs of veterans struggling with addiction are unique. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 1 in every 3 veterans seeking treatment for substance abuse also struggle with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder. There is hope. PTSD and substance abuse can be treated at the same time. Options like medication assisted treatment (MAT) are especially effective in treating both addiction and mental health conditions.

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For nearly three decades, we've been helping veterans in our community make a positive change in their lives. Learn more about our veterans programs.

Treatment for addiction

Regardless of how long you have been struggling with addiction, recovery is possible. Whether it is alcohol, opiates, or other substances, treatment is available. Effective addiction treatment addresses both the addiction and the underlying causes. This is why medication assisted treatment (MAT) is the preferred treatment method for treating addiction. Taking the first step towards overcoming addiction can be nerve-racking. We're here to help you understand your options and to support you, wherever you are in your journey.

What is medication assisted treatment (MAT)?

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an addiction treatment method that works by using specific addiction medications and behavioral therapy to help you achieve recovery.

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