A 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.
Managing substance use disorder can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Substance Use Disorders page.
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 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 Linda Johnsen, Independent-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed January 17, 2023