According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 14 Americans reports experiencing a substance use disorder. Some people may use drugs to cope with stress, trauma, or to help with mental health issues. Some may develop an addiction after misusing opioids that have been prescribed by a licensed physician.
Know the Signs of Addiction:
- Difficulties at school, disinterest in school-related activities, and declining grades
- Poor work performance, being chronically late to work, appearing tired and disinterested in work duties, and receiving poor performance reviews
- Changes in physical appearance, such as wearing inappropriate or dirty clothing and a lack of interest in grooming
- Altered behavior, such as an increased desire for privacy
- Drastic changes in relationships
- A noticeable lack of energy when performing daily activities
- Spending more money than usual or requesting to borrow money
- Issues with financial management, such as not paying bills on time
- Changes in appetite, such as a decreased appetite and associated weight loss
- Bloodshot eyes, poor skin tone, and appearing tired or run down
- Defensiveness when asked about substance use
If you or someone you know has a mental health condition or a substance use disorder, there are resources and services available to assist with screening, treatment, and recovery:
Step by Step Guides to Finding Treatment for Drug Use Disorders
American Society of Addiction Medicine - Patient Resources
Addiction Treatment Needs Assessment
American Addiction Centers
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Take Action and Prevent Addiction
SAMHSA's National Helpline
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental health and substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery, in English and Spanish.
Assists employers and union representatives with policy development, drug testing, employee assistance, employee education, supervisor training, and program implementation.
Naloxone is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids. Naloxone can quickly restore normal breathing to a person if their breathing has slowed or stopped because of an opioid overdose.
- Naloxone Drug Facts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Opioid Overdose Toolkit | SAMHSA
- Naloxone for Opioid Overdose: Life-Saving Science | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Is naloxone accessible? | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- The Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative | NIH HEAL Initiative
- Medications to Treat Opioid Disorder | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Buprenorphine Practitioner & Treatment Program Locator
Find information on locating practitioners and treatment programs authorized to treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers, at SAMSHA.gov.
Opioid Treatment Program Directory
Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers at Opioid Treatment Program Directory.
Find out more about these treatment topics:
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: Confidential and anonymous source for individuals seeking treatment facilities for substance use disorder, addiction, and mental health concerns.
- Find a Health Center: Some health centers provide mental health and substance use disorder services. Contact the health center directly to confirm availability of specific services and to make an appointment.
Recovery is Possible
Life in Recovery
The Many Paths to Wellness
10 Guiding Principles of Recovery
Sober Apps: New Tools to Help Those in Recovery
What you need to Know About Treatment & Recovery
Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART)
SMART Recovery Meetings
12 Steps to Recovery
Recovery Research Institute
Recovery and Recovery Support
Warning Signs of Drug Abuse
Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders
Growing Up Drug Free: A Parent's Guide to Substance Use Prevention (2021)
Raising Drug-Free Young People
Substance Use in Adolescence
National Institute on Drug Abuse - Teens
Opioids: Facts Parents Need to Know
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction
Life Saving Naloxone
Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Laws
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