On November 17, the US Surgeon General issued a historic report on alcohol, drugs and health. The comprehensive publication explains, in easy to read language, the effects on the brain of alcohol and drugs and how misuse can become a disorder. It outlines evidence showing that prevention, treatment, and recovery policies and programs really do work. Likewise, multiple resources must come together inside a community to curb the rising pandemic. Among them, 12-step programs and recovery group meetings work to treat youth, adults and families who have been impacted. To read the report in full, download a copy.