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Patients with Pre-Existing Substance Use Disorders – Patient and Family Resources

Patient and family resources on managing pain with a co-morbid substance use disorder.

About Opioid Addiction and How to Prevent It

Opioid Abuse

  • About opioid abuse, why people become addicted, and how to avoid addiction.

How Opioid Addiction Occurs

  • This resource from the Mayo Clinic describes how even short term opioid use can lead to addiction.

NIH/NIDA: How Can Prescription Drug Misuse Be Prevented?

  • Information on how physicians, their patients, and pharmacists all can play a role in identifying and preventing nonmedical use of prescription drugs.

What to Do If You or Someone You Know Has a Problem With Drugs

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Adults

  • Resources for adults who have a problem with drugs.

What to Do If You Have a Problem with Drugs: For Teens and Young Adults

  • Resources for teens and young adults who have problems with drugs.

What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs

  • Information for parents or guardians whose child has a problem with drugs.

What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs

  • Information on how to know if a friend or loved one has a problem with drugs and what to do about it.

For more information on pain management in people with a SUD, tailored toward providers: