Like other chronic illnesses, substance use disorders (SUDs) get worse over time. Knowing the severity level of your SUD helps your doctor understand the status of your illness and your risk for serious events (like overdose) in order to plan the best course of treatment. The more severe the disorder, the more intense the level of treatment is needed.



The Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Founded in 2015, they are working in states and communities across the country to end stigma, help patients and families in crisis and translate the science around addiction.

For more information visit or contact the Addiction Policy Form:

(301) 769-5966