Addictions and Substance Use
When Gambling Might be a Problem
The article explains gambling addiction.
Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
This website contains facts about drugs, drug abuse, addictions and treatment. The website is maintained by the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
How to Recognize Signs of Substance Abuse (also Español | MP3 )
This article discusses signs of substance abuse (such as alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs) and steps individuals can take to get help for themselves or someone they care about.
Denial: The Primary Roadblock to Addiction Recovery
This article describes common attitudes and beliefs that people struggling with addictions have about their substance use and talks about how to support them to recover.
Finding Quality Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
This article discusses first steps to take in finding a qualified treatment center for substance use/abuse.
This article describes the association between substance use and sexual risk behaviors in adolescents. It gives common risk factors and methods for prevention.
Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco
This infographic addresses the health risks associated with tobacco use.
This document outlines tips for quitting from counselors at the California Smokers’ Helpline.
"QuitGuide is a free app that helps you understand your smoking patterns and build the skills needed to become and stay smokefree. Use the app to track your cravings by time of day and location, and get motivational messages for each craving you track."
"The quitSTART app is a free smartphone app that helps you quit smoking with tailored tips, inspiration, and challenges."
Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping
Electronic smoking devices include e-cigarettes, JUULs, vapes, tank systems, mods, e-hookahs, etc.
This article explains what e-cigarettes are and common misconceptions surrounding them.
This fact sheet describes what "juuling" is, the safety risks associated with it, and what parents, educators, and health care providers can do to intervene.
This infographic gives information about JUUL and the health risks associated with it.
Marijuana / CBD
This infographic addresses the health risks associated with marijuana use.
This brochure gives tips for parents to engage their children in conversations about marijuana use.
This fact sheet gives information about how marijuana can affect pregnancy, your baby's health after birth, and breastfeeding.
This article gives information about using, carrying, and growing cannabis under California law.
This article gives information about California's medical cannabis laws.
This graphic gives some facts about short-term usage of opioids and their effectiveness for pain relief.
This article describes what opioid addiction is, the factors that increase the risk of overdose, and what to expect when taking prescription opioids.
This fact sheet describes how an overdose can occur, signs and symptoms of opioid overdoses, and how to respond if you think someone is overdosing.
This fact sheet discusses how opioid pain medications can affect pregnancy.
Prescription and Synthetic Drugs
This infographic gives practical advice for parents to talk to their teenagers about using prescription medications safely. It describes the signs of prescription drug abuse, outlines misconceptions teenagers may have about prescription drugs, and offers resources to learn more.
Synthetic Drugs: ‘For Sale’ Doesn’t Always Mean it’s Safe (also Español | MP3 )
This article explains what synthetic drugs are and their dangers.