There are a lot of excellent resources available if you would like to learn more about what substance use disorder is, and how you can help your patients. Here are a few.
Still the program with the highest recovery rate around. Take a look around the site, check out the Big Book (the AA “Bible” – read and reread by alcoholics everywhere), and note all the literature and resources available online for health care and other professionals. You can also find a meeting, or help someone else find a meeting – here are the lists for AA meetings in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Minnesota Recovery Connection
These guys are not affiliated with any specific recovery program (AA or otherwise). They are just a great community group that provides peer-to-peer recovery support, public education, and advocacy.
High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict’s Double Life, by Tiffany Jenkins
Also: the audiobook is read by the author, and it’s REALLY good!
Drinking: A Love Story, by Caroline Knapp.
Lit: A Memoir, by Mary Karr.
Nice Girls Don’t Drink, by Sarah Haffner.
Broken, by Bill Moyers.
Tweak, by Nic Sheff.