Resources



SELF-HELP and SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

  • Addiction Resource
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics
  • Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Chemically Dependent Anonymous
  • Child Help USA dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children.
  • Cocaine Anonymous
  • Families Anonymous is a group of concerned relatives and friends whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one's addiction to alcohol or drugs. They provide answers inquiries pertaining to Families Anonymous groups/meetings, literature orders, events and other information. They do not provide crisis counseling.
  • Girls and Boys Town National Hotline offers help, hope, and healing to abused, abandoned, neglected, handicapped, or otherwise troubled children. Callers talk to highly-trained, professional counselors who listen and give "right now" answers. They're sympathetic people who have expertise dealing with these and other problems.
  • Marijuana Anonymous
  • Methadone Anonymous
  • Nar-Anon Family Groups is designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend. Nar-Anon's program of recovery is adapted from Narcotics Anonymous and uses Nar-Anon's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of families and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime collaborates with local, state, and federal partners to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Delivers training and technical assistance to victim service organization, counselors, attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and allied professionals. Provides legal assistance/referrals, victim assistance, publications, and legislative database searching.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline links individuals to help in their area using a nationwide database that includes detailed information on domestic violence shelters, other emergency shelters, legal advocacy and assistance programs, and social service programs.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national, 24-hour, and toll-free suicide prevention service available to all those seeking help in suicidal crisis. Individuals seeking help can dial 1-800-TALK (8255). They will be routed to the closest possible provider of mental health and suicide prevention services.
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety (Save Our Selves/SOS) is an alternative recovery method for those alcoholics or drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of widely available 12-Step programs. Will return calls when name, phone number, and address are given.
  • Self-Help and Information Exchange Network (SHINE) is a clearinghouse for 140 different kinds of support groups including AOD addiction. Will make local referrals as well as attempt to network individuals with similar needs, interests, and locations.
  • Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART Recovery®) supports individuals who have chosen to abstain, or are considering abstinence from any type of addictive behaviors (substances or activities), by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, and actions; and to work toward long-term satisfactions and quality of life.
  • Women for Sobriety is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.
  • Depressed Youth and Substance Abuse is a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


RELATED LINKS

  • 50 most requested publications from NCADI (The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information) from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Download FREE.
  • AddictionAction.org is a grassroots partnership working to promote HBO's groundbreaking ADDICTION project, and help communities mobilize to build on this powerful opportunity to expand public understanding of addiction, treatment, and long-term recovery. Watch it now for free.
  • Alcohol Marketing
    Limiting alcohol advertising and promotional activities that target young people will protect America's youth.
  • Alcohol Taxes
    Increasing alcohol prices through taxes, particularly on beer, is an effective strategy for reducing underage drinking.
  • End Discrimination
    Repeal policies that prevent ex-offenders from returning to full participation in society. 
  • Equal Coverage for Treatment
    Health insurance should cover alcohol and drug problems like any other medical condition.
  • Improve Treatment Quality
    Give higher payments to providers who get better results.
  • Lifesaving Laws
    Laws that change the context in which young people drink help prevent deaths and injuries.
  • The National Prevention Network (NPN), an organization of State alcohol and other drug abuse prevention representatives, provides a national advocacy and communication system for prevention. NPN is administered by NASADAD
  • Prevention Education
    Drug and alcohol prevention education in schools should be part of a community-wide prevention strategy involving parents and other social institutions.
  • Screening & Brief Intervention (SBI)
    Make screening and brief intervention a routine part of every primary care and emergency room visit.
  • Single State Agency (SSA) is the organization designated by the State Governor to coordinate substance abuse prevention efforts in that state.
  • State Policies
    States can use policies from the Blueprint for the States report to improve the ways they organize and deliver alcohol and drug prevention and treatment.
  • State Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network consists of state clearinghouses, prevention resource centers, Department of Education Regional Training Centers, and national, international, and local organization supporting substance abuse prevention activities.
  • Support Community Coalitions
    Helping communities sustain their community-wide strategies can help reduce alcohol and drug problems at the local level.
  • Treatment Medications
    Support the development and use of effective medications for addiction treatment and recovery.
  • Treatment, Not Incarceration
    Require treatment and supervised aftercare instead of incarceration for non-violent alcohol and drug offenders. 
  • What Can I Do?
    Each of us has an important part to play in our community's efforts to reduce alcohol and drug problems. Parents, professionals community leaders, youth — there's a place for anyone who wants to make a difference.