Depending on the age and maturity level of your children, you may wish to share some of the links in this section with them.
Addiction Center offers information and resources for Drugs, Alcohol and Treatment.
African American Family Services (AAFS)
AAFS works with individuals, families, and communities impacted by addiction and mental illness. They provide culturally specific chemical and mental health services that affect family preservation and promote community-based change and wellness in the African- American community.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so they may solve their common problems and help others recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Al-Anon Family groups
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers literature on smoking and referrals to local chapters.
American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)
ACDE has educational programs and services designed to engage teens, address the needs of parents, and provide employers, educators, health professionals, policymakers, and the media with authoritative information on tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
Ask Listen Learn
Ask, Listen, Learn is a national not-for-profit dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. It is Parents, kids and educators.
Association of recovery Schools (ARS)
The Association of Recovery Schools advocates for the promotion, strengthening, and expansion of secondary and postsecondary programs designed for students and families committed to achieving success in both education and recovery. ARS exists to support such schools which, as components of the recovery continuum of care, enroll students committed to being abstinent from alcohol and other drugs and working a program of recovery.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
College Drinking Prevention – changing the culture
This National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism site contains a wealth of information for parents, students, and educators about alcohol use on U.S. college campuses.
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community anti- drug coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug-free communities.
D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug- and violence-free lives.
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA has created a drug education website for teens at www.justthinktwice.com and a drug education resource for parents at www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com.
DrugRehab.com – a substance abuse guide for parents
As a parent, you are one of the biggest influences on your child’s decision to try alcohol or other drugs. There are several effective ways to discourage your kid from trying addictive substances, and you can be the biggest source of support if your child needs help recovering from addiction.
This is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment website dedicated to providing resources for fighting substance abuse, including helping you find drug treatment centers and addiction rehabilitation programs in your town or city. The toll-free 24-hour hotline number is
Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
Created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this easy-to-read website talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. It has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text and can also read each page out loud. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers.
Elks Drug Awareness Program
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. It provides information for parents and a guide for teachers, as well as educational comics for fourth- through eighth-graders, tips for teens, and contests.
Families Anonymous, inc.
This organization is a 12-step fellowship for families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.
Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for parents, this website provides valuable drug education and prevention resources for parents. Information includes how to identify drugs and tips to help prevent drug abuse.
Higher education center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and violence prevention
Created by the U.S. Department of Education, this site supports institutions of higher education in their efforts to prevent illegal alcohol and other drug use and its consequences, including violence, at U.S. colleges and universities.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Originally founded to combat drunk driving, this organization’s current mission is also to support victims of this violent crime and to prevent underage drinking.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)
NACOA’s mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.
National Association of School Nurses
The National Association of School Nurses improves the health and academic success of students by developing and providing leadership to advance the school nursing practice by specialized registered nurses. The organization’s core purpose is to promote student success through the advancement of school health services by professional registered school nurses.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, inc.
An organization that provides information on how to overcome alcohol and drug addiction, including how to find help in your area.
National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)
A private nonprofit organization whose mission is to help families and their communities keep safe from crime, including on the Internet.
National Guard Counterdrug Program
The National Guard Counterdrug Program uses National Guard resources to help create the best opportunity for America’s youths to make the decision to be drug free. They work with local law enforcement, education and community-based organizations to reduce the chances of exposure of illegal drugs to our nation’s children.
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)
NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops materials, and provides training and technical assistance.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The NIAAA website offers pamphlets, fact sheets, and brochures about alcohol-related problems such as underage drinking, alcohol’s impact on health, parenting to prevent childhood alcohol use, and much more. For information on alcohol policy, go to www.alcoholpolicy.niaaa.nih.gov.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction through (1) support and conduct of research, and (2) quick dissemination of research results. The website features a section for parents and teachers, as well as a section for students and young adults. NIDA provides educational materials can be downloaded or ordered at http://drugpubs.drugabuse.gov.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273- TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or about concerns for other family and friends. The hotline is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP)
ONDCP advises the president on U.S. drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy, which outlines administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences.
Parent’s Guide to Suicide Prevention
A Parents Guide to Suicide Prevention.
PDFA is a nonprofit organization that helps parents and caregivers prevent, intervene in, and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. PDFA also maintains the Parents Toll- Free Helpline (in English or Spanish) at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).
This organization provides parents with relevant research on marijuana and other drug use. It outlines the serious long-term negative effects drug use can have on youths, including lower academic achievement, school dropout rates, mental health problems, and addiction. Personal stories from a teen, a father, and a physician demonstrate how drug use can adversely affect youths, families, and communities. The website features videos reviewing current information and identifies prevention and treatment resources.
Recall Report is an online resource with information on mental health. We feature information for specific demographics, including men, women, seniors, children, students, veterans, homeless and more. At the same time, we extensively cover a wide range of health conditions, including important topics like abuse, suicide, addiction, eating disorders, PTSD recovery and rehabilitation.
Single Mother Grants
Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, specifically underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and risky driving, and teen violence and suicide. It has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Learn about the many topics that highlight SAMHSA’s efforts to prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness and substance use in America’s communities. SAMHSA also provides information on the dangers of underage drinking and offers tips on how to prevent this threat to adolescent development and health.
SAMHSA is responsible for overseeing and administering programs on mental health, drug abuse prevention, and drug treatment around the nation. For SAMHSA publications dealing with alcohol and other drug abuse, go to www.store.samhsa.gov.
Suicide Prevention in College
Suicide Prevention In College: A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students.
The National pTA
PTA works in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies to benefit children. The PTA website can help you locate a chapter, or offer information about organizing or running a PTA in your area.
The Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It is thier philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care.
Going away to college is a huge leap for many. It is definitely an exciting, yet scary chapter in life for young adults. High school graduates are often still discovering themselves and unfortunately turn to drugs and alcohol to alleviate stress, social anxiety, and to even fit in with a certain crowd. Not only are young adults susceptible to substance abuse due to external influences; young adults can alter their brain chemistry permanently, kicking off a cycle of substance abuse and addictive behaviors due to the introduction of illicit chemicals to the underdeveloped brain. What may start off as casual drinking can easily turn into addiction if not controlled properly. With that said, this guide is designed to inform college students about dependencies and addiction on a general level and provide tips on how to avoid getting trapped into unhealthy habits.
White Bison Wellbriety Training Institute
White Bison, Inc., Wellbriety Training Institute, is an American Indian nonprofit charitable organization that offers sobriety, recovery, addiction prevention, and wellness (“Wellbriety”) learning resources to the Native American community nationwide.
Resources provided by: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration • U.S. Department of Education