SUBSTANCE ABUSE RESOURCES

 

Important decisions often require research. Here are resources to help you get started. From statistics from government and non-profit organizations on substance abuse to contact information for agencies that can help. We want you to make informed decisions and have all the tools you need to move forward with your life in the best way possible. 


 

Video Resources

Information on Prescription Drug Video NIDA: Which drugs can addict?

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA/NIH). NIDA scientist Wilson Compton talks about the facts and dangers of prescription drug abuse.

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs

You might think that only some types of people can get addicted to drugs. The truth is, it can happen to anyone, whether you’re young or old, rich or poor, male or female. This video from NIDA explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment.

Why Are Drugs So Hard to Quit?

Quitting drugs is hard because addiction is a brain disease. Your brain is like a control tower that sends out signals to direct your actions and choices. Addiction changes the signals in your brain and makes it hard to feel OK without the drug. This video from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains addiction in simple terms and offers a hotline to help you or a loved one find treatment.

Opioid Painkiller Prescribing: Where You Live Makes a Difference

This month’s Vital Signs (www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/) reports health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Higher prescribing of painkillers is associated with more overdose deaths. The report also has examples of states that reversed its overdose trend.

CNN: How Addiction Changes Your Brain

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the brain is “rewired” when someone becomes addicted.