Over 15 million Americans suffer from alcohol use disorder, a medical illness that can impact every aspect of a person’s life. The Smithers Foundation funds and collaborates with new and innovative projects that educate and inform the public and provide help and hope in addressing the problems of alcohol use disorder. AUD is a treatable medical illness from which people can and do recover with the appropriate medical care.
Over 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids but fewer than 50% of private sector treatment programs offer medications for opioid use disorder and only one-third of patients in those programs receive them. Like other medical conditions, to stabilize and manage opioid use disorder requires a medical model, using one of three FDA-approved medications that significantly diminish cravings and reduce the risk of relapse.