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Substance Use Disorder

Substance Use Disorder is a condition in which the use of one or more substances leads to a clinically significant impairment or distress.

Addiction Policy Forum

The Addiction Policy Forum is a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction and to improve national policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery and criminal justice reform.

Family Resource Center

familyThere is a lot of good information out there about adolescent substance use, but there is a lot of bad – and even dangerous – information out there too. The Family Resource Center is a directory of those resources that are backed by various degrees of scientific support to those that come from the most notable, national sources. By organizing and vetting these quality resources, we hope to relieve families of the burden of sorting and evaluating information themselves. This is a place to start getting informed about how to prevent drug or alcohol use, intervene early, find treatment and support adolescents in addiction recovery. It also provides insight on how you can help YOURSELF during this time.

NIDA: National Institute on Drug Abuse


NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

NIDA Notes

NIDA Notes

Keep up to date on research advances in the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and AIDS with NIDA’s newsletter NIDA Notes.

NIDA For Teens – The Science Behind Drug Abuse

NIDA For Teens

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.

Office of National Drug Control Policy


The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation’s drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.

Rural Assistance Center: Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit

RAC toolkit logoWelcome to the Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit. It is designed to help you develop and implement programs to improve community mental health using proven approaches and strategies.