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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Human Resources

Knowledgeable | Helpful | Responsive

Phone: 503-823-3572

Benefits Line: 503-823-6031

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 987, Portland, OR 97204

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Alcohol/Substance Abuse

Substance Abuse

Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive (mood altering) substances, including alcohol, prescription and illicit drugs.

Many people don't understand why or how others become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. Drug addiction is actually a complex disease and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to. Fortunately, researchers know more than ever about how drugs affect the brain and have found treatments that can help people recover from drug addiction and lead productive lives. To learn more about treatment options, check out the links below

Treatment Centers in Portland, Oregon:

OSHU Portland Alcohol Research Center

Brookside Center  

Providence Substance Abuse Center

Oregon Substance Use Disorders Services Directory

Getting Help for Yourself and Others

National Intervention Referral

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Al-Anon

Narcotics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous  

How to support someone intoxicated or in recovery

Safe use of Alcohol or prescription drugs

Risk, sign of misuse and health consequences of drug addiction