Addiction 101: Myths and Misconceptions

Over 9% of Americans have met criteria for a drug or alcohol use disorder in the past year. With rates this high, addiction has touched the lives of many. Addiction is implicated in most major mental health, physical health, and social problems and therefore has broad implications for public health and safety. Addiction is a confusing and even a bewildering human behavior making it important to challenge myths and misconceptions.

Addiction is similar to other chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or asthma, but it is different. Addiction could be compared to an allergy… but only to a point. Addiction is like other mental illnesses, but, again, is unique onto itself. To make things more challenging, popular culture can provide confusing pictures of addiction and recovery in music lyrics and movie themes.

This webinar will discuss these issues including criteria for diagnosis, recommended treatment approaches, and the nature of addiction recovery.


Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, PhD, joined the University of Minnesota School of Social Work in the fall of 2013. She came to Minnesota after two consecutive postdoctoral research fellowships at the University of Michigan Addiction Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, her M.S.W. from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and her B.A. in English Literature from Northwestern University. Dr. Krentzman’s research focuses on factors that promote the initiation and maintenance of recovery from alcoholism, particularly the mechanisms of therapeutic change that are precipitated by professional treatment, recovery community organizations, and Alcoholics Anonymous. Current research projects include the development and testing of positive psychology interventions for individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders, the relationship between spirituality and alcoholism recovery, and the role of sober living houses on women's long-term abstinence.


  • Format: Video
  • Length: 01:08:13
  • Release Date: February 28, 2017
  • Presenter: Amy Krentzman

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