Substance Use Disorder

Pills and bottle of alcohol on a tableA person with a substance use disorder misuses prescription and over the counter drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. Substance use disorder (also called substance abuse) is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior, and can complicate personal and professional relationships. Treatment options include therapy, medication or both. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

Support Groups, Forums & Hotlines

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This guide lists many mobile apps useful for recovering from addiction. Tools include tracking progress, locating meetings, communicating with sponsors, and other features.


Resources selected by Terri Ottosen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed January 23, 2024

Last updated January 23, 2024 at 5:32 pm