Division of Substance and Alcohol Abuse

Division of Substance and Alcohol Abuse

The addictive disorders of alcohol and drug abuse are among the leading major health problems in the nation and around the world. According to
the World Health Organization (WHO) status report in 2004, a causal relationship exists between alcohol consumption and more than 60 various types of diseases and injuries. Moreover, these conditions are associated with enormous suffering to affected individuals and their families and with a staggering economic cost. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that substance abuse costs the U.S. more than $484 billion per year, even more so than costs associated with other diseases such as diabetes ($131.7 billion annually) and cancer ($171.6 billion annually).

The Division of Substance and Alcohol Abuse is dedicated to improving the treatment for persons suffering from addictive disorders through commitment to education and research, and a highly personalized approach to care, recovery, prevention and health promotion. Our multidisciplinary faculty is an integrated team of highly experienced, nationally renowned clinicians, clinical scientists and basic neuroscientists. They lead the development of clinical, educational, and research programs for the division.