This three-part video series is made in collaboration with Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) that explains the nuts & bolts of evidence-based prevention and seeks to empower everyone to play a role–at home, at school, and throughout our communities.
90% of people who have a substance use disorder started using alcohol or drugs before they turned 18. By practicing prevention and delaying the onset of first use, you can help to protect the brain during this important period of development.
Communities play a key role in protecting adolescents from early substance use. Prevention efforts can be implemented by building coalitions and comprehensive strategies to reduce risk factors for substance use and addiction.
Genetics account for about half of a person's likelihood of developing a substance use disorder. Help young people reduce their risk of developing a substance use disorder by strengthening protective factors.
Want to learn more about how to prevent substance use disorders, how addiction can hijack the brain, and what we can do to get better when it does? Our explainer video gives a 4-minute crash-course on addiction.
Also called a substance use disorder. Over 20 million people nationwide suffer from addiction. 1 in 7 people will experience addiction at some point in their life.
This kid-friendly video explains how repeated substance use can hijack brain function, and the importance of delaying use until the brain has fully developed.
This four-part animated video series 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. Educational episodes run two-to-three minutes and are meant to be consumed like “snack packs” of key scientific information about SUD, including the hijacking of the brain, risk factors, the levels of severity, and the myths surrounding “rock bottom”. The ADDICTION Series is animated by Patrick Smith, an award-winning artist based in New York City.
Learn about how substance use disorders affect tissue function in two main parts of the brain: the limbic system (responsible for basic survival instincts) and the prefrontal cortex (where decision-making and impulse control live).
As a substance use disorder progresses, mental and physical health problems tend to get worse and overall quality of life goes down. Most importantly, the risk of death increases as the disorder progresses, which is why starting treatment as soon as possible is key.
Not everyone who uses alcohol or drugs develops a substance use disorder - why is that? People have different risk factors that make them more vulnerable to developing substance use disorders. These can be environmental or individual factors.
The concept of "rock bottom" can help people describe their experience of recovery from addiction by turning it into a narrative with a clear event that helped turn their life around. But the idea that we should wait for the disease to get worse before seeking treatment is dangerous.
The "ABC's of Addiction" videos feature real voices of real people from key sectors throughout the field talking about substance use disorder. Impacted families, experts, scientists, advocates, and patients come together to discuss important topics regarding addiction. Additional live video content in this series includes forums, hearings, and testimonies from the Hill, where impacted families tell their stories.
Addiction needs to be treated like a disease. Following the disease model helps to change the narrative surrounding substance use disorder.
We've only really had the neuroscience of addiction and understood it for the last 20 years. But we haven't necessarily transmitted that into everyone's living room, so how do we really build empathy and get people to understand this as a health condition?
The Addiction Resource Center supports patients, families, and providers with critical information about addiction and connects them to quality treatment and recovery resources through our vetted database. If you're concerned about your or a loved one's substance use, call 1-833-301-HELP(4357).
"One of the questions I get asked pretty regularly is, 'how did you turn out okay?' When I get asked this question the answer is, 'it's science'."
There's a lot of discussion about why people drink alcohol and use substances. Here's the three c's and two s's of substance use.