If someone you love is struggling with addiction, don’t let self-care slide. Read Dr. DuPont's blog on the 5 things you can do to improve your overall health and wellness
This toolkit was created to translate the science of prevention into strategies parents can incorporate into busy lives to help build a strong foundation of health and wellness for their children. The digital toolkit includes “10 Things Parents Can Do,” “The Disease of Addiction,” and “Risk and Protective Factors,” “10 Things Parents Can Do”, “Signs and Symptoms”, and further reading and resources.
This toolkit contains training videos on how to recognize and respond to an overdose, information about how to administer naloxone, harm reduction education, resources and further reading. This resource is open source, and we encourage you to share it with your communities and loved ones who could benefit from this information.
One important step we can all take to help address addiction is to safely dispose of old and unused prescription medication. Prescription medication can be extremely dangerous if they fall into the wrong hands. It takes mere moments to safely dispose of old medications, but this precaution can have a lifelong impact.
Our videos translate the science of addiction into stories that stick. Each video is developed in collaboration with scientists and our amazing network of patients and families, and all are free and open source.
Alcohol and drug use can affect important areas of the brain that control motivation, impulse control, reaction to stress, memory, and decision-making, and can eventually lead to the compulsive substance-seeking and use that is central to the experience of substance use disorders (SUDs).
This resource aims to expand public understanding about addiction and replace the myths and misinformation that keep substance use disorders (SUDs) from being treated like any other medical condition.
If your loved one starts behaving differently for no apparent reason—such as acting withdrawn, frequently tired or depressed, or hostile—it could be a sign he or she is struggling with a substance use disorder (SUD).
Did you know that 1 in 7 people will struggle with substance use during their life? Or that over 20 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders? This resource provides 8 basic facts you need to know about the impact of substance use disorders in the U.S.
Naloxone is an antidote for opioids, meaning it can reverse an overdose. This information card instructs on how to recognize the signs of an overdose and administer naloxone if needed.
It is important to be prepared when providing care for someone who has just suffered an overdose. This information card provides facts about overdose and instructions on how to best handle the situation.
Anyone taking an opioid, even if it is prescribed by a doctor, can experience an overdose. Therefore, it is important to be educated about how to prevent an overdose. The C.A.R.E. model explains how to responsibly take opioids in order to stay safe and empowered.
There are many different types of opioids, including prescribed pain relievers and illicit drugs. Opioid use can lead to dependence and addiction, so it is important to be aware of their possible side effects.
When words are used inappropriately to describe individuals with a substance use disorder, it not only negatively impacts the cultural perception of their disease, but creates stigma that can stop people from seeking help. Language matters. Let's replace terms like "addict" and "junkie" with smarter language that aligns with the science.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with behavioral counseling to treat substance use disorders. There are FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and tobacco use disorder.
There are a wide variety of evidence-based approaches for treating a substance use disorder, including behavioral therapies and medications. Treatment plans should be tailored to the unique needs of the patient by their care provider and will vary depending on the types of substances used, any co-occurring health conditions, and the severity of their illness.
While relapse is not uncommon in the process of recovering from addiction, it can be dangerous and all measures should be taken to prevent future relapses from happening. Here are some questions that can help you learn about your own triggers and make a plan to help you avoid high-risk situations in the future.
Patients are diagnosed with a specific type of disorder based on the primary kind of substance that they misuse. This may include alcohol use disorder, tobacco use disorder, marijuana use disorder, sedative use disorder, opioid use disorder, stimulant use disorder, hallucinogen use disorder, and polysubstance use disorder.