Despite the fact that it affects most of us in some way, addiction is not well understood.
We know that the risk and experience of addiction are affected by an individual’s biology, culture, social environment, and family history. We know that addiction can cause grave harm to families and communities, but recovery is common.
We also know that addiction is an emotional issue, and it’s subject to significant social stigma. These external elements can skew both individual- and system-level responses to substance use and addiction.
IRETA strives to provide accurate and credible information about addiction that can help professionals, community members, and larger systems gain a better understanding of how to prevent and treat it.
Because of the complexity of the issue, we encourage you to keep up with our blog, social media platforms, and newsletters. There are lots to learn about addiction, and our understanding is always evolving.
Addiction & Recovery Basics
Addiction is often misunderstood. Here’s a brief introduction to important issues related to addiction, addiction treatment, and the recovery process.
Words matter. Here’s a list of important terms and their meanings.
Useful & Credible Sources on Addiction
You can’t believe everything you read. These sources will provide reliable, scientifically accurate information.