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The “Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do” part one program begins with a ten minute video!


Suggested reading/information list from the “Teens Using Drugs:  What To Know and What To Do” workshop series:

Suggested Internet Sites:

-   For Anyone: The “Teens Using Drugs” information/links page includes links to informative sites.

-   For Parents and Teens: The Partnership at DrugFree.org has information for parents and others on how to help individuals in any stage of alcohol/other drug use problems.  There is also an area just for teens.

-   For Professionals: Chestnut Health System provides an Adolescent Program Support Site with treatment and assessment protocols and other information.


Suggested Books:

-   Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse: How To Spot It, Stop It, and Get Help For Your Family by Nikki Babbit, 2000.

-   Alcoholics Anonymous, Fourth Edition (The “Big Book” of AA) from the Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Office, 2001.

-   Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff, 2009

-   Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers, 2009

-   Freeing Someone You Love From Alcohol and Other Drugs by Ronald L. Rogers and Chandler S. McMillan, 1992.

-   Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction.  Jeff Jay and Debra Jay, 2000. (Excerpts.)

-   Pathways From The Culture of Addiction to the Culture of Recovery by William White, 1996.


Dawn Farm Education Series:

Dawn Farm organizes a free annual community education series, with workshops on addiction, recovery and related issues.  For information, contact Dawn Farm at (734) 485-8725, e-mail info@dawnfarm.org, or check the Dawn Farm Web site.


Suggested resources from the “Teens Using Drugs:  What To Know and What To Do” workshop series:


For Parents:

The Partnership at DrugFree.org offers a free parent helpline that is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern time. Parents can receive assistance from professionals in how to deal with alcohol/other drug problems their child is experiencing.  Telephone: 855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373.)


For youth/teens:

In Washtenaw County, Michigan, teens can find help for a variety of problems from Ozone House.  Telephone: 734-662-2222. Location: 1705 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan or 30 North Huron Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 


FINDING TREATMENT or OTHER HELP for the teen/young adult and for the family:

Access to substance abuse treatment services may be subject to financial and other considerations. It may be helpful to check with your insurance provider to determine what type of treatment and which treatment providers your insurance will pay for. It can also be helpful to speak with your child’s health provider, school counselor or student health services for recommendations. The following may also be helpful:


The Partnership at DrugFree.org has a guide for “How To Find The Right Help for Your Child With An Alcohol or Drug Problem” (pdf.) This guide can help parents/guardians/caregivers determine what actions to take and be an educated advocate for their child.


The Michigan Department of Community Health - Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs maintains a searchable data base of Michigan state-licensed substance abuse programs.  


The Michigan Department of Community Health Mental Health and Substance Abuse Administration - Bureau of Substance Abuse and Addiction Services provides central entry points for all Michigan Medicaid eligible and indigent (uninsured) children and adults requesting mental health and/or substance abuse information and services through the Access Management System.

Access Management System Agency Directory (pdf.)

ACCESS Contacts for Southeast Michigan Counties:

·         Ingham: Mid-South Substance Abuse Commission Care Coordination Center - 888-230-7629.

·         Jackson: Care Coordination Center - 888-230-7629.

·         Lenawee: Care Coordination Center - 888-230-7629.

·         Livingston: Health Services Access - 800-440-7548. 

·         Macomb: Community Assessment Referral & Education (CARE) - 877-484-8884.

·         Monroe: Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Access Management System - 800-686-6543.

·         Oakland: Oakland County Health Division, Office of Substance Abuse Services Access Management System, PACE Unit - 888-350-0900 ext. 85200.

·         Wayne: Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) Access Management System - 800-686-6543.

·         Washtenaw: Health Services Access - 734-544-3050 or 800-440-7548.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) maintains a Treatment Facility Locator with information on licensed treatment facilities nationwide. For 24-hour telephone information, 1-800-729-6686.


The Teens Using Drugs web site has a page with information, contacts and links for finding help.


The Love First web site by Jeff and Debra Jay, Intervention specialists and authors, maintain a list of nation-wide alcohol/other drug treatment programs that they recommend.

They also maintain a list of relatively lower-cost residential treatment programs.


Recovery Programs/Mutual Aid Groups:

For people of any age with alcohol/other drug problems:

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA is a Twelve-Step recovery program that welcomes anyone of any age who wants to stop using alcohol and other drugs.  No dues or fees.

-   AA World Services:  212-870-3400.

-   In Washtenaw County, contact AA at 734-482-5700.

-   In Livingston County, contact AA at 800-612-5096.

-   In Southeast Michigan, contact AA at 313-831-5550.


Narcotics Anonymous (NA): NA is a Twelve-Step recovery program that welcomes anyone of any age who wants help to stop using drugs of any type (not just narcotics.)  No dues or fees.

-   NA World Services:  818-773-9999.

-   In Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, contact NA at 734-913-9839 (for a recorded meeting list) or the Southeast Michigan Help Line at 248-543-7200 (to talk to someone.)


For family members/friends:

Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a Twelve-Step recovery program for anyone affected by another person’s alcohol use.  No dues or fees. (Alateen is a part of the Al-Anon program for teenagers affected by a parent or other family member’s alcohol use.)

-   Al-Anon/Alateen World Services:  1-800-344-2666. 

-   In Washtenaw County, contact Al-Anon/Alateen at 734-995-4949.

-   In Wayne County, contact Al-Anon/Alateen at 313-242-0300. 

-   Michigan Al-Anon Family Groups web site.


Families Anonymous (FA): Families Anonymous (FA) is a Twelve-Step recovery program “for anyone whose life has been adversely affected by another person's use of drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.”  No dues or fees.  Contact FA World Services for SE Michigan contact information.

-   FA World Services:  1-800-736-9805.


Nar-Anon: Nar-Anon is a Twelve-Step recovery program for anyone affected by another person’s drug use.  No dues or fees.

-   Nar-Anon World Services:  (310) 534-8188 or (800) 477-6291.

-   In Southeast Michigan, contact Nar-Anon at 586-447-2868.




Checklist for Adolescent Alcohol/Other Drug Involvement (pdf.) Compiled initially by Ronald E. Harrison.


The Path of Chemical Dependency in Adolescence (pdf.) Published in the November and December, 1987 and January and February, 1988 issue of Professional Counselor Magazine. Copyright 1987 by Bay Medical Center.


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