As a result of decades of research on addiction, we know that substance use affects the body, brain and behavior. Despite the science, many misunderstandings persist about what makes a person vulnerable to substance use disorder, its progressive nature and how to prevent and treat the disease. Dr. Elizabeth Harwood tackles these misconceptions using science to help us make informed decisions for our families and communities.
Explore more on the topics and themes discussed in this episode:
National Institute on Drug Abuse – This link provides up-to-date information on the science of addiction. You can search by substance.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – This link includes several brochures on how parents/caregivers can talk to their teens about alcohol and other drugs.