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Substance Abuse

Alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction constitute major health and safety concerns in the United States, with costs running into the billions of dollars annually for health care, related injuries and loss of life, property destruction, loss of productivity and more. Treatment is proven to be effective, but very few who need it have access to and receive care. Private and public funding for treatment remains meager. Families are devastated and children are at increased risk for their own addiction and mental health problems.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders


For people struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, physical safety and overall health risks are greater; the impairment of life skills is greater; and the chances for successful treatment are much less - all of which contribute to stigma.

The NMHA website has several pages designed to assist mental health advocates in increasing their understanding of key issues in the area of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. NMHA is committed to providing accurate and timely materials and information about alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction to the advocates, consumer supporters and consumers in the mental health field. Click here to go to the NMHA site.

If you have comments or questions about NMHA's work in the area of substance abuse/addiction, please contact:

Mental Health Information Center 800/969-NMHA
TTY Line 800/433-5959

For more information contact your local Mental Health Association, community mental health center, or for additional resources, please call 1-800-969-NMHA.

National Mental Health Association
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone 703/684-7722
Fax 703/684-5968
Mental Health Resource Center 800/969-NMHA
TTY Line 800/433-5959

NMHA's Campaign for America's Mental Health works to raise awareness that mental illnesses are common, real and treatable illnesses and ensure that those most at-risk receive proper, timely and effective treatment.

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