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.
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.