Drug Addiction Resources
- Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a special feature to help people locate abuse treatment facilities near you and begin a journey to a healthier, addiction-free life.
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – Nation leader in scientific research on all aspects of health, drug abuse and addictions. It supports and conducts research all across the board. This range includes genetics, social neuroscience, medication, behavioral therapies, and health services.
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – Mission is to transform the understanding of addiction. To be able to treat mental illnesses through basic and clinical research is the #1 goal. Paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
Alcohol Abuse Resources
- Al-Anon Family Groups – Al-Anon and Alateen Family Groups offer support and fellowship to relatives and friends of individuals with alcohol problems. Mutual support groups meet worldwide.
- Alcoholics Anonymous – Alcoholics Anonymous offers support and fellowship to individuals with alcohol problems through group therapy and Twelve Steps programs. AA meetings are completely anonymous and open to anyone of any age who want to achieve and maintain sobriety.
- National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – A nonprofit organization working to raise awareness to birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and to improve quality of life for those affected.
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A free, 24/7 helpline that provides referrals to local treatment facilities support groups, and community-based organizations. The helpline is confidential information and can be in English or Spanish. Callers are also given the option to order free publications and other information. In 2013, the helpline received 334,891 calls which is nearly 28,000 calls per month. The helpline also has resources available to those who cannot afford treatment and will help you locate local resources.
- Children of Alcoholics Foundation – A nonprofit organization that provides educational materials and services to those wanting to live healthier lifestyles.
- Christopher D. Smithers Foundation – A foundation that aims to reduce the stigma of alcohol addiction through public education and funds prevention programs serving high-risk populations.
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) – A coordinating body that supports anti-drug coalitions with technical assistance, training, public policy, media strategies, marketing programs, and conferences.
- Dana Foundation – A private philanthropic organization devoted to brain research that specializes in (and provides information on) neuroscience, neuroimmunology, and addiction.
- Drug Strategies – Drug Strategies is a nonprofit research institute that promotes more effective approaches to the nation’s drug problems and supports private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement, and community initiatives.
- Faces & Voices of Recovery – Faces & Voices of Recovery is a national campaign of people in long-term recovery, families, friends and allies and organizations that advocate to end discrimination, broaden social understanding, and achieve a just response to addiction as a public health crisis.
- National Family Partnership – An organization that provides information and materials for communities to promote youth alcohol and drug prevention efforts.
- Phoenix House – One of the country’s best-known anti-drug organizations, running 120 programs in 11 states, this famed nonprofit facility works to treat and prevent substance abuse among lower-income adults and adolescents without demanding the exorbitant fees required by ritzier rehabs.
- The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health America – These organizations are allied together of nonprofit, self-help support organizations for patients and families dealing with a variety of mental disorders. Both have State and local affiliates throughout the country and maybe especially helpful for patients with comorbid conditions.
Addiction Blogs and Publications
- AddictionBlog.org – This network of writers and bloggers are industry leaders interested in the field of addiction treatment. The site embraces new ideas and alternative approaches for the treatment of all types of addiction and aims to stimulate intelligent communication about the trends and discoveries in the treatment of addictions.
- Addiction Inbox: The Science of Substance Abuse – Blogger and freelance science writer Dirk Hanson maintains this blog. This is a popular spot to learn about scientific and medical findings on drugs and alcohol. Posts include interviews with neuroscientists, drug policy czars, social science professors, and many others. Hanson simplifies complex medical information on drugs, addiction, alcoholism and treatment therapies to make them easy to read and understand.
- Addiction Addict – This blog is written by an alcoholic who tried multiple times to get sober and who has been sober for over a year now. It talks directly about the dark side of addiction and offers support and advice to others going through the same thing to help them feel less alone and to pass on what has worked for her. The writing is honest and direct.
- The Fix – The Fix, a leading website on addiction and recovery, has launched a blog that features a variety of expert voices and personal stories on everything to do with addiction and recovery.
- Guinevere Gets Sober – This blog follows the recovery and insights of a mom with a successful career as she talks about the meaning of addiction and common assumptions about drug abuse. The author’s moving personal posts show how practices like yoga and everyday experiences can support recovery. The blog is directed towards addicts and their loved ones.
- The Hurt Healer – A gentle, inspirational blog by a woman in recovery.
- It’s not always Crystal clear – An honest and insightful account of a woman and mother’s journey from addiction through recovery, and after, from a Christian perspective.
- A Recovering Addicts Experience – This is a well-maintained and thoughtful blog on many aspects of recovery, including different perspectives and ways of looking at addiction and recovery. The purpose is to communicate the struggle and processes that bring those in recovery together and provide support that gives strength and courage to keep fighting. Another focus is to help inspire understanding and compassion for those in recovery and see what is helpful in that process.
- Recovery Reflections – Certified coach and addiction counselor Tim Welch publishes daily affirmations, uplifting quotes, poems, and stories offered by people in recovery and their loved ones, as well as images of calming and inspirational landscapes.
- Waking Up the Ghost – This engaging and insightful blog touches on all aspects of living life in recovery. It is done with wisdom and humor and presents a unique look at processing life through the lens of recovery.
- Yoga and Recovery – Written by a yoga teacher in recovery, this blog focuses on healing, self care, breathing, AA, addiction, co-dependency, working a practice for health and self discovery, relapse prevention and compassion.
Because some blogs are updated more frequently than others, we grouped the blogs listed above into a Feedly Shared Collection (available here: feedly.com/addiction). Feedly is an application that allows you to read articles and blog posts from you favorite blogs and publications together in one place so you don’t have to check each individual website to look for new articles and posts.
- Addiction Recovery Guide Forums – A place to share stories and ask questions about treatment for all kinds of addictions.
- Drugs.com Forum – An open forum to discuss prescription drug addiction and ways to live healthier.
- Drugs-Forum.com – A popular drug information and addiction forum that is run by a small non-profit.
- PsychForums.com – A forum where people can ask questions and discuss anything from drug addiction to mental disorders.
- SMART Recovery Forums – An online meeting place for those going through the SMART program to discuss their progress and support one another.
Mobile Apps for Addiction
Drug Addiction Apps
- Sober Grid – Free location-based app that lets its users find and connect with others striving to recover. By encouraging and practicing sober friendships, it offers one of the best support systems. You can remain anonymous if you wish as well. It allows you to message local users, post messages to a local newsfeed, and even alert others when you are in need of their support.
- Addicaid – This is an award-winning, comprehensive substance and process addiction app. Based on proven methods of success, Addicaid’s scientific approach helps you develop strategies for a lasting and fulfilling recovery. Find and save nearby support groups (12-step and alternative programs), give and get community support, and stay inspired with relevant content. Track your usage patterns and urges while following along with an interactive curriculum that introduces you to a new way to live your life and achieve your goals.
Alcohol Addiction Apps
- 12 Steps AA Companion (paid) – This sobriety tool is available for members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Provides a Big Book reader, prayers, Big Book promises, search tool, sobriety calculator, notes, and AA contacts database. An anonymous icon protects anonymity by not showing references to AA. Also contains an extensive meeting directory and program descriptions. The app is available for iPhones and Apple products for $2.99 and Android devices for $1.99.
- Clean Time Counter (free) – The CleanTime Counter keeps track of the user’s sobriety by calculating the time that has elapsed since a starting date. It has different customizable settings and is available free for Android devices.
- Stop Drinking with Andrew Johnson (paid) – English hypnotist and stress-management coach Andrew Johnson has been helping people find calm and order for almost two decades. Now, he brings his relaxation techniques and visualization tools to alcohol addiction recovery. Whether you’ve only just begun your journey or you’ve been alcohol-free for several decades, Johnson’s techniques may help you find calm and tranquility so you can handle stress without turning to alcohol. The app is available for iPhones and Apple products for $2.99 and Android devices for $2.99.
- I am Sober (paid) – Visualization is important in achieving any goal, and sobriety is no exception. As you make the journey towards a sober lifestyle, this app shows you your progress. In fact, as you continue to use the app, the homepage shows you how many years, months, and days you’ve been sober. There’s also a countdown to your next milestone for extra inspiration. For some additional help, the app features a daily notification that acts as an electronic buddy system to remind you of your goals and progress. The app is available for iPhones and Apple products for $1.99 and Android devices for $1.99.
Drug Specific Organizations
- Help Guide – Offers the latest developments in the psychological, social, and medical sciences. They accomplish this by their own means of research combined with their collaboration with Harvard Health Publications. HelpGuide has become a globally accredited online resource by serving more than 80 million people annually.
- Cocaine Anonymous – A fellowship and membership of men and women that are addicted to cocaine. With no money down and no hidden fees, this program’s only requirement is to have the desire to quit the use of cocaine along with other mind-altering substances. Share your experience, strengthen one another, and hope together by helping others and yourself to recover from the same addiction.
- Crystal Meth Anonymous – Crystal Meth Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship whose primary purpose is to lead a sober life and to carry the message of recovery to the crystal meth addict who still suffers. Membership is open to anyone with a desire to stop using drugs. CMA is a relatively young program, with growing activity.
- Heroin Anonymous – HA is a 12-Step program adapted from AA’s 12 steps and is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of heroin addicts. There are no dues or fees for membership. HA will assist new groups that seek to begin meetings in new locations.
- Marijuana Anonymous – Recovery from marijuana addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
- Dual Recovery Anonymous – Recovery from joint chemical dependence & emotional/psychiatric illness through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
- Narcotics Anonymous – Recovery from drug addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
- SMART Recovery® – 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors by teaching how to change self-defeating thinking, emotions, & actions.
- 12StepMe – An online chat resource provides online chats 24/7 and online AA meetings, nightly at 10 pm ET.
- Families Anonymous – Helps families whose lives have been adversely affected by a loved one’s addiction to alcohol or drugs.
- In The Rooms – an online social network for the recovery community. Their mission is to Help, Inform, Touch, Connect, and Heal (H.I.T.C.H.) those already in recovery, seeking recovery, and the family and friends supporting recovery around the world. Join the Faces & Voices of Recovery group page on In The Rooms to find old friends, make new friends, join the online recovery community, read recovery news, speak out and take action to support recovery, and so much more!
- Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse – With funding from donors and federal and state agencies, this nonprofit is associated with Columbia University and works to bring addiction to the forefront as a public health concern.
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids – This nonprofit raises awareness, trains local professionals and coordinates with community organizations to combat growing drug and alcohol addiction by teens in the United States.
- Narcotics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous is now a global, community-based organization. Although slow as a small start-up organization, it has now reached a multi-lingual and multicultural status with more than 63,000 meetings weekly in 132 countries. Specializing in a 12-step program that includes regular attendance to group meetings.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) – NIAAA provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems. The website has extensive resources including fact sheets about a wide range of alcohol-related topics, as well as a variety of publications for researchers and health professionals.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) – NIDA’s mission is to bring the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA supports most of the world’s research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. The NIDA website includes a vast array of educational materials about specific drugs as well as the consequences, prevention and treatment of drug abuse. The site includes resources for young people, parents, teachers, researchers, physicians and other health professionals.
- ClinicalTrials.gov – Registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.
- NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) – Links to CTN studies of behavioral & pharmacological treatment interventions & enrollment status.
- NIMH Clinical Trials – NIMH clinical trials currently seeking participants. Click the link to learn more and apply to be a part of the most innovative addiction treatments in today’s date.
Resources for Other Forms of Addiction (Behavioral Addictions)
- Gamblers Anonymous – A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.
Porn and Sex Addiction
- The Support Group Project – An online directory to help families across the country find the support they need in the face of a loved one’s addiction.