You will hear many different terms about the unhealthy use of alcohol and drugs. Sometimes you’ll hear about addiction. Other times, you might hear the term substance abuse. The newest term is substance use disorder. All of these terms, no matter which one you prefer or feel fits your current situation, deal with the reasons someone uses alcohol and drugs.
These terms also address the harm alcohol and drug use can do to the body and mind, relationships and society. It is important for families and communities to discuss substance use in order to recover a healthy lifestyle for those living with substance use disorders.
Try one of these confidential, online screenings:
Taking a screening is a quick way to capture how you are feeling and see if you might have a substance use issue.
Updated: October 6, 2023