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Other Drugs, Prevention, and Addiction


Prevention stops problems (such as substance use or misuse) before they start. Prevention promotes health, wellness, and well-being. There’s a science to what works in prevention ― including SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (PDF | 3.3 MB), prevention planning manuals, prevention toolkits (PDF | 2.7 MB), and registries of proven interventions.

Drug addiction is a complex disease. Drugs change the brain, in ways that make it hard to quit.

There are treatments (including counseling and medications) that help people recover from addiction. And for some, medications can help sustain recovery.

Visit ― to find support for issues with mental health, alcohol, or other drugs.


Individuals and Families

Parents and Caregivers


Older Adults

Community Members and Practitioners


Need Help?

For mental or substance use disorders, call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, or text your zip code to 435748 (HELP4U), or use the to get help.

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Last Updated: 06/06/2023
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