Addiction: A Nurse's Story

Help is available. Whether the rate of addiction among nurses is greater than that among the general population is unknown.1,2 But however many nurses may develop an addiction, it's an illness that requires treatment, not punishment. Nurses are especially vulnerable to addiction to prescription drugs because of work-related stress and easy access to drugs.3 Work-related factors that might be associated with nurses' use and abuse of drugs include...


Facing Addiction in America

This Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health addresses the prevalence of alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug misuse in the United States. Chapters of the report cover neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery, health systems integration, and recommendations for the future.


Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment

Provides research-based information about addiction, drug treatment, opioids, and recovery for new patients undergoing treatment for addiction, and for their friends and families. Helps guide new patients in getting the most from their treatment and warns about possible difficulties during addiction treatment and recovery.


The Intersection of Human Trafficking and Addiction

The following is a product of the Human Trafficking Expert Consultant Network funded by the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The purpose of the Network is to engage experts, particularly those with lived experience, to provide expertise and input on Department of State anti-trafficking policies, strategies, and products related to human trafficking, both in the United States and abroad. The author has a range of expertise related to human trafficking, marginalized communities, substance use disorder, and trauma, including as a clinician.


Navigating Treatment and Addiction: A Guide for Families

Navigating Addiction and Treatment: A Guide for Families is a resource for family members who are trying to navigate the complex world of addiction and help loved ones achieve recovery. The guide includes basic definitions, as well as in-depth information about substance use disorders, treatment options, communication strategies, and self-care tips. This guide was released in the summer of 2020. It was created by the Addiction Policy Forum staff in conjunction with an Expert Review Panel composed of prominent researchers and physicians in the addiction field. The guide was also crafted with support from the Family Support Advisory Committee made up of family members with lived experience.


Health Care Professionals: Addiction and Treatment

Health Care professionals (HCPs) are widely considered to be the champions of healthy habits and, on the whole, demonstrate healthier lifestyles than the general population, including lower rates of smoking and higher rates of exercise.1 However, substance misuse and addiction rates are no different among HCPs than they are in the general population, and HCPs demonstrate significantly higher levels of opioid abuse.1,2 These problems are particularly troubling in a provider population, as they can lead to serious safety issues for the patients HCPs treat while under the influence.


Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment (Spanish)

Provides research-based information about addiction, drug treatment, and recovery for new patients undergoing treatment for addiction, and for their friends and families. Helps guide new patients in getting the most from their treatment and warns about possible difficulties during treatment and recovery.


TAP 07: Treatment of Opiate Addiction With Methadone

Treatment of Opiate Addiction With Methadone


TIP 22: LAAM in the Treatment of Opiate Addiction

This TIP presents current knowledge about the use of levo-alpha-acetyl-methadol (LAAM), an opioid agonist medication approved for use in 1993.


Research Report: Cocaine Abuse and Addiction (Spanish)

El abuso y la adicci�n a la coca�na contin�an siendo un problema serio que aflige a nuestro pa�s. Por ejemplo, de 1965 a 1967 solamente el 0.1 por ciento de los j�venes hab�an usado coca�na alguna vez en su vida, pero esta tasa continu� subiendo a lo largo de las d�cadas setenta y ochenta alcanzando el 2.2 por ciento en 1987.


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