Washington, DC— The Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization based in Washington, DC with State Chapters in Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, is proud to launch its ‘What is Addiction?’ community education toolkit today.
Over 21 million people nationwide suffer from the disease of addiction, and a staggering 1 in 7 people will struggle with substance use during their lives. Despite the prevalence and pervasiveness of this disease, in 2016 only 10% of the people who needed specialty substance use disorder treatment received it. The Addiction Policy Forum makes its community education toolkits available to the public free of charge, with the goal of combating stigma with science and arming patients, families, and advocates with the information they need to educate themselves and others about this disease.
The ‘What is Addiction?’ toolkit contains the printed materials “What is Addiction,” “Facts and Figures,” and “Substance Use Disorder Signs and Symptoms;” a USB drive containing an informative presentation about addiction risk factors and how addiction changes the brain; and the video series “The Science of Addiction” featuring accessible content about brain development, what makes substances addictive, and the impact of drugs and alcohol on the developing adolescent brain.
“Our goal is to better equip patients and families with the knowledge they need to understand what causes substance use disorders, how they change the brain, and their implications for prevention and treatment,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, Founder and President of the Addiction Policy Forum.
To order your free What is Addiction? toolkit while supplies last, please visit: www.addictionpolicy.org/what-is-addiction.