Understanding substance use disorders

Understanding Addiction: A New Perspective (12/2018, NJOTF): Informative explanation of the physiology of addiction.



Understanding the Basics of Addiction (10/2018, NJOTF): Provides the basics of addiction including contributing factors, treatment, and innovative court programs being used to combat the opioid crisis.


Involuntary Commitment and Guardianship Laws for Persons with a Substance Use Disorder (10/2018, NJOTF): Provides a list of states that have enacted involuntary commitment and guardianship laws for those suffering from alcoholism and/or substance use disorders (SUDs).

Addiction and Overdose (Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (2018, National Academy of Medicine)

What is the U.S. Opioid Epidemic? (9/2018, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Drug Facts (National Institute on Drug Abuse): Useful landing page that has links to basic facts and effects of various drugs, addiction, recovery, and prevention.

Drugs and the Brain (7/2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse): Good primer on addiction and the brain.

Drug Misuse and Addiction (7/2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse)

A Revealing Look at the Brain on Heroin (6/2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders (2/2018, National Institute on Drug Abuse): Provides information on the state of the science in the comorbidity of substance use disorders with mental illness and physical health conditions.

The ADDICTION Series (Addiction Policy Forum): Educational animated series to expand public understanding about addiction and SUDs.

Addiction Science (7/2015, National Institute on Drug Abuse): Excellent resource to educate coworkers, system partners, and stakeholders.

In Brief: Chronic Substance Use and Cognitive Effects on the Brain: An Introduction (10/2016, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA): Excellent resource for anyone who works with this population. Explains addiction in understandable language and provides some strategies to employ.

Addiction is a Disease. We Should Treat it Like One (10/2016, Michael Botticelli, TEDxMidAtlantic)

Words Matter: How Language Choice Can Reduce Stigma (11/2017, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies)

Why We Should Say Someone is a ‘Person with an Addiction,’ Not an Addict (6/11/2017, National Public Radio)

Language of Recovery (7/2016, Faces and Voices of Recovery, Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, Phoenix Center)

The Words We Use Matter. Reducing Stigma through Language (6/2008, The National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment)

Stigma Reducing Language (Shatterproof)

The Rhetoric of Recovery Advocacy: An Essay on the Power of Language (White, William L.)

How to Be Human: Talking to People with Addiction or Substance Use Disorders (Healthline)

Economic Opportunity and the Opioid Crisis: Geographic and Economic Trends (6/2018, Office of The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation)

The Underestimated Cost of the Opioid Crisis (11/2017, The Council of Economic Advisors)

The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis (11/2017, Executive Office of the President of the United Stated, pp 19-36)