Learn more about addiction, how to talk about substance use and recovery, how to help a loved one, how to dispose of drugs and medicine, and more.
Taking Care of your Behavior Health
Tips on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during COVID-19. This fact sheet explains social distancing, quarantine, and isolation in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. It discusses feelings and thoughts that may arise during this time and suggests ways to cope and support oneself during such an experience.
"Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives."
DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Use and Addiction
Words Matter: Preferred Language for Talking About Addiction
Addiction is a chronic but treatable medical condition. Often unintentionally, many people still talk about addiction in ways that are stigmatizing—meaning they use words that can portray someone with a substance use disorder (SUD) in a shameful or negative way and may prevent them from seeking treatment.9 With simple changes in language harmful stigma and negativity around SUD can be reduced or avoided. Read on to learn more about what stigma is, how it affects people with SUD, and how you can help make a change.
For Parents, Families, and Friends
Every family is unique, but all families share a bond that can be used to support one another during trying times.
Families Supporting a Loved One
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Partnership to End Addiction Family Helpline
Text, email, or schedule a call. Free, confidential hotline. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling or other caregiver — our helpline is here for you and anyone else playing a supportive role in the life of someone struggling with substance use.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach and each family is unique. Our trained and caring specialists will propose a personalized course of action, offering the best tools and resources to help you help your child, yourself and your family. They are ready to listen to your challenges, setbacks, obstacles and difficult emotions that go along with a child’s substance use or addiction.
Safe Drug Disposal Information
Unused medicines can spell many things—including danger and addiction—so why put your family at risk? With many of us spending more time at home, it’s important that you take the steps to prevent accidental ingestion or diversion. Learn how to safely dispose of unused or expired medicines in your home before they can do harm.
If you don't have a disposal site nearby, learn more about the DEA flush list and how to dispose of medicines in the trash.