Substance Use Disorders
Substance use disorders affect more than 23 million Americans and involve a broad range of concerns, from the nonmedical use of prescription drugs to underage drinking. Alcohol and other drug use can contribute to significant academic, family, and life challenges; mask or aggravate mental health conditions; increase the risk of injury and exposure to violence; and lead to involvement with the child welfare and justice systems. Families and communities face increasing challenges to health, safety, and well-being when substance use disorders remain unaddressed. Of particular relevance is the current epidemic of opioid misuse.
Individuals with substance use disorders may require integrated physical and behavioral health care services to achieve health, well-being, and recovery. Schools, college campuses, and communities need comprehensive approaches to prevention that incorporate individual and environmental strategies.