A healthy and safe community, free of substance abuse.
Improve the health of the greater Knoxville community by reducing the use of alcohol and drugs through policy, systems and environment change.
How we are making a difference
Addiction is a Disease, How Can You Help?
Terms such as addiction and substance abuse are often used interchangeably, and although it is agreed that we should support individuals who struggle with such issues, there is uncertainty on how we classify the issue. Much of the controversy first lies in why engaging in a possibly harmful activity is a choice, but addiction is…
ACEs, How Childhood Experiences Can Influence Your Life
When treatment tactics are implemented with individuals struggling with substance misuse including alcohol and drugs, professionals cannot ignore addressing underlying issues. One reoccurring theme linked to addictive behaviors or the misuse of substances is Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs have many distinct parts that can influence an individual for years to come. ACEs fall into…
How To Love Someone Struggling with an Addictive Disease
This blog was written by MDC staff member, Jason Goodman. Thank you for having a heart to serve those struggling with addiction. First, Love yourself. Families often struggle in the grips of the pain and misery that active addiction can bring. Loving someone through these specific times are some of the most painful situations that…