Resources and Guides
A helpful source of information, research, and educational content. Recovery support services, mutual aid groups and organizations that can be readily drawn upon when needed.
Helpful Links & Guides
Family members and loved ones, as well as the affected individual with a substance use disorder, often find themselves baffled and confused as they navigate the road-map of addiction recovery.
Where can those seeking a recovery solution go for information on treatment options?
What to do and how to do it, are the main questions that need answers.
Where can those seeking recovery find out what it means and what it entails?
How do you know if what you’re finding is ethical and legit?
Trying to locate the appropriate treatment for a loved one, especially finding a program tailored to an individual’s particular needs, can be a very hard and difficult process.
However, there are many fine and helpful resources that can help with this process.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, N.I.D.A.’s handbook –
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: “Know What to .Ask” offers guidance in finding the right treatment program.
NIDA. “Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What To Ask.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1 Jun. 2013, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/seeking-drug-abuse-treatment-know-what-to-ask.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains a Web site (www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov) that shows the location of residential, outpatient, and hospital inpatient treatment programs for drug addiction and alcoholism throughout the country.
This information is also accessible by calling 1-800-662-HELP.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK) offers more than just suicide prevention—it can also help with a host of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, and can connect individuals with a nearby professional.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
They serve patients and families dealing with a variety of mental health disorders.
They both have state and local affiliates throughout the country and may be especially helpful for patients with co-morbid conditions.
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry each have physician locator tools posted on their Web sites. You can access these sites at aaap.org and aacap.org, respectively.
Faces & Voices of Recovery
Faces & Voices of Recovery (facesandvoicesofrecovery.org), founded in 2001, is an advocacy organization for individuals in long-term recovery. The organization strategizes on ways to reach out to the medical, public health, criminal justice, and other communities, to promote and celebrate recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, (drugfree.org), is an organization that provides information and resources on teen drug use and addiction for parents, to help them prevent and intervene in their children’s drug use or find treatment for a child who needs it.
History of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
In the mid-1980s, when the nation was in the throes of the crack/cocaine epidemic, a small group of advertising professionals discussed how to best use their talents to turn the tide on this issue.
They thought, if advertising could be used to sell products, couldn’t it be used to “unsell” them as well? With that, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (then known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America) was born.
They offer a toll-free helpline for parents (1-855-378-4373).
American Society of Addiction Medicine
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (asam.org) is a society of physicians aimed at increasing access to addiction treatment. Their Web site has a nationwide directory of addiction medicine professionals.
ASAM, founded in 1954, is a professional medical society representing over 5,500 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine.
ASAM is dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.
NIDA’s Research Dissemination Center
NIDA’s Drug Publications Research Dissemination Center (drugpubs.drugabuse.gov) provides booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets, and other informational resources on drugs, drug abuse, and treatment.
Research dissemination is a key part of NIDA’s mission. NIDA DrugPubs Research Dissemination Center designed to distribute materials to virtually all audiences: drug abuse researchers, health professionals, teachers, advocacy groups, teenagers and the general public.
Anyone that is interested in receiving the latest scientific information about drug abuse and addiction can call DrugPubs number: 1-877-NIDA-NIH (1-877-643-2644), or 1-240-645-0228 (TDD).
Order requests can be placed online or can also be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Leading the nation’s research efforts on alcohol use disorder, NIAAA supports research conducted within the Institute, as well as in institutions around the world.
The Institute’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan serves as a road-map for optimizing the allocation of resources to areas of alcohol research most likely to benefit from additional support, translating scientific discoveries for the benefit of the public, and continuing to build on NIAAA’s position as the nation’s key source of evidence-based information on alcohol and health.