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Explore content collected and curated by the InterAct team to learn more about addiction & recovery, collegiate recovery programs, wellness strategies, drugs & alcohol, coexisting disorders, and life skills.


Addiction

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults (aged 12 and older) battled a substance use disorder in 2017 and many developed the disease of addiction. Learn more about the risk of addiction, the warning signs, and the science behind the disease.

Recovery

 Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Explore content on the recovery process and how individuals can manage the disease of addiction successfully and live a healthy and fulfilled life.

Collegiate Recovery

The Association for Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) defines collegiate recovery as a "College or University-provided, supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to engage in a lifestyle of recovery from substance use." Learn more about collegiate recovery and their value.

Drugs & Alcohol

Addiction often begins with the misuse of drugs and alcohol leading 1 in 10 people becoming addicted before they leave high school. Learn about the substances that individuals misuse, the effects on the brain and body, and how those substances lead to the disease of addiction.

Coexisting Disorders

The disease of addiction most often coexists with other mental issues and disorders such as anxiety, depression, PTSD and trauma. Successful addiction treatment strategies take into account the coexisting disorders and address them to ensure that the individual can have a successful recovery.

Health & Wellness

Treating addiction and maintaining long-term recovery involves strategies to promote health and wellness. Learn more about how nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, meditation, and other wellness strategies promote long-term recovery and keep individuals healthier throughout the process.

Life Skills & "Adulting"

Because the disease of addiction often disrupts the process of maturing and experiencing normal life events in a healthy way, addicts sometimes fail to develop essential life skills such as finding and holding a job. Explore life skills and adulting strategies that are essential to lead a more normal and productive life.

Prevention

1 in 10 young people will become addicted before they leave high school based on their misuse of substances. It's critical for parents, educators and the community to recognize the warning signs of potential addiction, understand who is most at risk and implement strategies to prevent the onset of the disease.