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Many people suffer from addiction to substances or behaviors, including but not limited to alcohol, drugs, gambling, spending, sex and the internet.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines addiction as “persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.” A person who is addicted continues to engage in the problematic behavior despite mounting costs, which may be health, relationship, financial or job-related.

This website contains information on several addictions and also links to further information about addiction.

Completing a full evaluation with an experienced professional is the best way to identify addiction, whether you are concerned about yourself or a family member.  EAP consultants are trained to conduct evaluations, and there is no cost. If you are concerned about your addictive behavior, you may have tried to stop on your own.  Follow the advice of a professional who understands addiction, and you will have a better shot at successful recovery.

This information is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult
your doctor or healthcare provider for advice about a medical condition.

Alcohol and Alcoholism

Alcohol Information

Children of Alcoholics


Compulsive Gambling

Compulsive Spending

Eating Disorders

Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs (PCP, LSD and others)



Internet Addiction 

Kids and Substance Abuse


MDMA (Ecstasy)


Nicotine:  Quit Smoking

Opioid Abuse 2016 Legislation

Opioid Addiction Resources for Families

Opioid Addiction Stigma

Prescription Medications

Related Websites

September is National Recovery Month


For more information or to discuss addiction concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.

This content was last modified on: 02/01/2017

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