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Please see our “Referrals” page for information on sources of help for substance-involved young people and their families. In addition, the recovery groups” area provides information on “self help” and “mutual aid” groups that may be helpful for young people and their families.

 
The following sites provide information about alcohol, tobacco, other drugs; prevention; chemical dependency/alcoholism/addiction; intervention; recovery; family issues; government policy; news; research; advocacy; and other information/resources. The inclusion of any site listed on this page is not an endorsement of the site, the program or agency, or the information and opinions expressed on the site. Due to constraints of space, many very worthwhile resources are not included.  Please contact us to suggest a resource for this page!
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Alcohol/Other Drug Facts

The sites listed below provide fact sheets and/or publications with facts about various substances.  Several of the sites listed in “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Information …" and in “Sites Especially for Children, Teens and Young Adults” also include facts sheets or publications with facts about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 

 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides a set of drug fact sheets.

 

Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) provides Drug facts pages.

 

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides a Drugs of Abuse page.  (freebie!) 

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org has a “Drug Guide” page, a one-page “Drug guide (pdf) for Parents,” a “Synthetic Drug Guide for Parents” (pdf) and a “Prescription and over-the-counter drug guide” (pdf.)  

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides Facts and publications about drugs. (freebie!)

 

USA Today: Guide to Illegal Drugs page. 

 

Drug Paraphernalia and Drug Identification

The sites listed below provide pictures and/or descriptions of various substances and of paraphernalia that may be associated with use of various substances.  Several of the sites listed in “Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Information …" also include this information.  

 

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) “Get Smart About Drugs” provides drug and paraphernalia information and images.

           

Pillbox (National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health) enables rapid identification of unknown solid-dosage medications (tablets/capsules) based on physical characteristics and high-resolution images. Once a medication is identified, Pillbox provides links to drug information and FDA-approved drug labels.

 

Web MD has an online tool for identifying pills.

 

Alcohol/Other Drug Terminology, “Street” / Slang Terms, and On-Line Teen Lingo  

(Many of the drug descriptions in sites listed under “Alcohol/Other Drug Facts” include slang/street terminology.)

 

An Addiction Recovery Glossary:  The Languages of American Communities of Recovery by William White: Just as people in the culture of addiction often have a shared “language” so too do people in recovery from chemical dependency have a “language” shared and understood by others in the “culture of recovery.”  This document (pdf) lists and describes words and phrases common to members of the “culture of recovery.”

 

Web MD provides a “teen drug slang” directory for parents.

 

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Legal Information and Drug Schedules (Legal Classification)

Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS) provides detailed information on a wide variety of alcohol-related policies in the United States at both State and Federal levels.

 

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) describes drug schedules and lists the various drugs in each schedule.

 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Information, Including Prevention, Intervention, Addiction, Treatment, Recovery, Research, Advocacy, Policy, Legal and Family Issues

Addiction Project (produced in partnership between HBO and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) provides science-based information about addiction and recovery, and information about help for adolescents and adults.

-   HBO: Addiction, The Films posts segments of the feature-length documentary film “Addiction.”

 

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) provides medical information and news about addiction and treatment and lists board certified addiction medicine specialists.

 

Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE) a network of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents and policy makers that provide education, resources and community connection to support college students in recovery.  

 

Association of Recovery Schools site provides information on secondary and post-secondary schools that have recovery programs to support students in recovery from alcohol or other drug dependence.

-   University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a recovery support service that provides holistic, tailored support to Michigan students who are in recovery from alcohol or other drug problems

 

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) provides information for community coalitions advocating for prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

 

Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) provides science-based information, documents, education and training related to addiction treatment.

 

Love First provides comprehensive information on "intervention," including articles, suggestions, and checklists. The site is maintained by Jeff and Debra Jay, intervention specialists.

 

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) provides information for professionals, family members, other caring adults, and for children who are affected by family alcoholism/addiction.   (freebie!) 

 

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) provides research reports, news and other information.

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) provides reference for criminal justice issues including law enforcement, drugs and crimes, and juvenile justice issues.     (freebie!)

 

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC) provides comprehensive information on inhalant abuse. 

 

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provides alcohol information, research, facts, resources, and pages for children, teens and college students. (freebie!) 

-   NIAAA Alcohol and Alcohol Problems Science Data base provides links to journals, web sites, and data bases with alcohol/other drug research information.

-   NIAAA College drinking:  Changing the Culture. 

-   NIAAA Rethinking Drinking provides research-based information to help individuals who drink to assess their drinking habits and how their health may be affected.

 

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides drug abuse information, research, facts, resources, and pages for children and teens. (freebie!) 

-  Drugs, Brains and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (pdf) explains how addiction is a brain disease and how the disease affects behaviors. (freebie!)

 

National Library of Medicine “Medline Plus” provides information from the National Institutes of Health and other sources on a variety of health topics, including prescription and nonprescription drugs and substance abuse issues. 

-  Medline substance abuse link. 

 

Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) provides information on national drug control policies, strategies, enforcement, prevention, treatment, news, and publications.   

-   Above the Influence” for teens.

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org provides drug facts and parenting resources and advice for prevention, intervention and treatment of substance abuse in any stage of substance use.

- DrugFree.org provides a free “parent helpline(1-855-378-4373) that parents/guardians can call to talk to “parent specialists” who are “licensed social workers and psychologists with years of experience” about substance abuse problems (please note this is not a “crisis line” and is not open around the clock.)

 

Prevention Network (PN) is a Michigan coalition of volunteer and professional groups that provides support to Michigan prevention groups and efforts. 

 

Project Cork provides information on substance abuse issues targeted to professionals; including a bibliographic database; resource materials; and an extensive, searchable database.

 

Project GHB provides information about GHB, Ketamine, “Ecstasy” (MDMA) and prescription drugs.

 

Reclaiming Futures pilots and reports on collaborative programs to help young people who are in trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime.

 

Recovery Research Institute (RRI) is a program of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital working to expand knowledge of treatment and recovery through research, and disseminating and implementing research results.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the part of the US Department of Health and Human Services that provides information on substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, funding, policy/legislation, links to clearinghouses, data/statistics, and other issues.  (freebie!) 

 

 

-   SAMHSA Collaborative for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT) is a national substance abuse prevention training and technical assistance system.

 

-   SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders, designed to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.

 

-   SAMHSA Division of Workplace Programs provides centralized access about drug-free workplace issues.

 

Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) provides information exchange between Center for Substance Abuse Treatment staff and state/local agencies.

 

Treatment Research Institute (TRI) is a private, non-profit research organization working to reduce the effects of alcohol and other drug abuse on individuals, families and communities by employing scientific methods and disseminating evidence-based information to help convey the results of research to policymakers, treatment providers, prevention organizations and the families of those affected by substance abuse.

 

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides information about enforcement issues related to controlled substances, and substances of abuse.

 

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Violence Institute of New Jersey “Source Book” of violence and prevention programs provides summaries of promising and effective prevention programs that are available for adoption or adaptation for schools, agencies, and community members. 

 

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FOR PARENTS OF PRE-TEENS and TEENS – guides to talking to your child about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Mothers Against Drunk Driving “Power Of Parents” web site has underage drinking information and tips for talking with teens about drinking.

 

Parent Central provides parenting information, help lines for parents, and an opportunity for parents to ask questions and receive answers from  parenting professionals. 

 

Parent Further (from the SEARCH Institute) describes a positive, strength-based approach to parenting, including for preventing and intervening with substance use problems.

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org has a guides to help parents prevent substance abuse in children of any age. 

 

 

FOR PARENTS who are concerned that their child may be using alcohol/other drugs

The section above on “Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Information” includes many sites with parenting information, and our “Referrals” page includes information about sources of help for alcohol/other drug problems.  The “recovery groups” area of this page provides information on “self help” and “mutual aid” groups that provide help for substance-involved young people and for parents. Suggestions for on-line sources of information specifically for parents who are concerned that their child is or may be involved with alcohol or other drugs are listed below. 

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org provides information for parents concerned about possible substance use of their child.  

-  Time To Act provides information on how to tell if your teen is using and how to take action to intervene.

-  Intervention E-Book (pdf) provides suggestions for what to do if your child is using alcohol or other drugs.

-  Time To Get Help is for parents of young people experiencing alcohol/other drug problems.

-  Treatment E-Book “How To Find The Right Help for Your Child With An Alcohol or Drug Problem” (pdf) guide to finding treatment.

 

INTERVENTION

“Intervention” is an effective technique that can be used by families, friends and others who care, to help someone suffering from chemical dependency. Through intervention, people who care use love and honesty to break through the denial that keeps a person with addiction locked in the downward spiral of his or her disease.  Intervention is designed to bring about a moment of clarity that will allow the person with addiction to accept help.  The intervention process helps “raise the bottom” to where the person is, rather than waiting for him/her to become sicker and to “hit bottom” on his/her own. The section above on “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Information” includes sites with information about “intervention.” Specific sources of intervention information follow:

 

Love First provides intervention information.

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org provides intervention information.  Also, a guide (pdf) to intervention.

 

SITES ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN, TEENS and YOUNG ADULTS

Above the Influence, from the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy,) provides information and fun activities to encourage young people to choose to be drug free.

 

Adolescent On Line Smoking Cessation Program (ASPIRE) is a tobacco cessation site for teens from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Alateen provides support for young people affected by a parent or guardian's drinking. 

 

Alcoholics Anonymous includes a message to teens (pdf.) 

 

Marijuana Anonymous includes stories from teens. 

 

National Association for Children of Alcoholics has pages for children and young people. 

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has a site for young teens and for college students. 

 

National Institute on Drug Abuse “NIDA for teens” site has facts about drugs, addiction, recovery; real stories from teens; learning activities. 

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org "Check Yourself" site has quizzes and information to help using teens evaluate their relationship and possible dependency on alcohol/other drugs, and information, stories and resources to promote a drug free life style to teens who have used substances.

 

Reach Out is a web site for teens who are dealing with difficult issues that provides information, encouragement and stories from other teens who have successfully dealt with adversity.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has pages for children and young people: (freebie!)

-  Building Blocks for a Healthy Future (for children.)

-  Stop Underage Drinking (for teens.)

 

Teen Central (from KidsPeace) is an interactive site for young people to share stories and receive professional advice. It lists teen help lines for all states, and other information. 

 

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OVERDOSE INFORMATION

(IF YOU THINK SOMEONE MAY HAVE OVERDOSED ON ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS, CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!  Don’t wait, don’t let them "sleep it off," don’t try to diagnose or treat the situation yourself; don’t think about legal or social ramifications – CALL 911!)

               

An information sheet (pdf) on alcohol and other drug overdose.

               

American Association of Poison Control Centers has a national 24-hour toll-free telephone hotline.  

 

SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION

If you are feeling desperate, isolated, hopeless – please, reach out and talk to someone. Help is available!
If you know or suspect someone may be suicidal, there are things you can do to help!
National Institute on Mental Health has a suicide information page with links to resources.

               

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention includes information, news and resources.

               

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) is a national 24 hour toll-free hotline that also provides information about suicide prevention and links to suicide prevention resources. (freebie!)

               

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) white paper (pdf) - Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention: Evidence and Implications.

               

The Trevor Project operates a crisis and suicide prevention lifeline and provides online support for LBGTQ (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered, questioning) young people, and resources for educators and parents.

               

Washtenaw Alive is a suicide prevention coalition in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

               

 

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FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS SITES

CSAP's Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center for Excellence provides information and resources about FASD.

 

F.A.S. Family Resource Institute provides information, referrals, family support, prevention, and training related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

 

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Web Site provides information about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and is sponsored by the FASD Community Resource Center.

 

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFAS) provides information on prevention of, research about, and resources for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. 

 

TOBACCO and SMOKING

(Information on tobacco and smoking issues can also be found on several sites in the "Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Information …” section.)

 

American Lung Association (ALA) offers tobacco information and smoking cessation assistance. 

 

Adolescent On Line Smoking Cessation Program (ASPIRE) is a tobacco cessation site for teens from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

 

Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) Tobacco Information Center provides tobacco information, including prevention and cessation. It also provides materials on smoking and tobacco, including literature, posters, and videos for various ages- most of which are free.   (freebie!)

 

Kid'sHealth provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

-  Kid’sHealth for Parents includes suggestions for helping your teen with smoking.

-  Kid’sHealth for children includes tobacco prevention information.

-  Kid’sHealth for teens includes tobacco information and smoking cessation for teens.

 

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Tobacco Control Research provides a step-by-step cessation guide; local, state and national telephone quit lines; instant messaging service; and publications.  (freebie!)

 

Nicotine Anonymous is a “twelve Step” recovery program for people who want to stop using nicotine. 

 

QuitNet is a comprehensive tobacco and smoking information and cessation site.

 

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ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

            The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development (pdf) from Johns Hopkins University.

           

DATA and STATISTICS

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) provides information about the prevalence of behaviors practiced by young people that put their health at risk, including alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. 

 

The "Monitoring the Future" school survey, developed by Lloyd Johnson at the University of Michigan, tracks the prevalence and trends in youth substance abuse. This site includes Monitoring  the Future data, including statistics on the incidence and prevalence of teen substance use and attitudes towards substance use, state and nationwide.. 

 

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) provides criminal justice and juvenile justice data and statistics. 

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org Partnership Attitude Tracking Survey (PATS) tracks the attitude of parents and teens about illegal drugs (most recent report 2012.)

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Data, Outcomes and Quality (DAQ) provides state and national data and statistics on alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, drug related emergency department episodes and medical examiner cases, and substance abuse treatment.  The site includes reports and data tables.

-  Academic performance and substance use among students age 12 to 18.

-  Information from the 2003 NSDUH on the relationship between age of first use and development of alcohol dependence.

-  National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) provides data on the prevalence of substance use, serious mental illness, related problems, and treatment in the U.S.

-  Underage Drinking has reports focusing on underage drinking.

-  Youth and Substance Use has reports focusing on substance abuse and youth.

 

Washtenaw County Public Health Department (WCPH) web site includes fact sheets and reports pertaining to Washtenaw County, Michigan.

 

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE NEWS and CURRENT EVENTS

 

Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) fax is a weekly, one-page overview of timely substance abuse trends or issues, sent to subscribers by e-mail or fax.

 

Dawn Farm Blog provides current addiction-related news, research and opinion. 

 

Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) provides recovery-related news.

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) “Spectrum” summarizes news from alcoholism research.

 

Partnership at Drugfree.org provides news on alcohol and other drug issues.

 

Reclaiming Futures blog provides news and information on effective ways for communities to help young people in or at risk for trouble with drugs, alcohol, and crime.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Newsroom provides new government reports and information.

 

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ADVOCACY for SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION, and ADDICTION TREATMENT and RECOVERY

The Alcohol Justice Institute works to reduce alcohol problems through environmental prevention, works to promote effective alcohol policy, conducts media advocacy, and supports grassroots campaigns.    

 

Behavioral Health Recovery Management Project (BHRM) posts several papers that discuss recovery advocacy.

 

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) advocates for sound science-based policy on health, food safety, and alcohol policy.  

 

Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems (ESAP) at George Washington University Medical Center seeks to increase access to treatment for individuals with alcohol problems. The site provides information on alcoholism and issues related to access to alcoholism treatment.

 

Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) provides news, campaign information, resources, stories related to recovery advocacy.

 

Facing Alcohol Challenges Together (FACE) is a Michigan-based organization that provides information, resources and training for addressing underage drinking issues.   

 

Livonia Save Our Youth Task Force is a local, grass-roots group of parents, professionals and community advocates working to reduce alcohol and drug-related problems in the Livonia, Michigan area. 

 

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month encourages involvement in advocacy and promotes the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders is possible.   (freebie!)

 

National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) is a membership organization serving addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment and education.  NAADAC supports research and advocates for policies improving the prevention and treatment of addiction.

 

National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFAS) provides advocacy information related to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD,) including policy initiatives and statements, legislative news, and FASD advocacy events.

 

National Youth Recovery Foundation (NYRF) supports young people ages 15-30 in recovery from drugs and alcohol, and funds and promotes programs and public policy initiatives related to addiction recovery.

 

Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP) provides research reports and advocacy recommendations on substance abuse issues.     (freebie!)  

-  "Adolescent Substance Abuse: A Public Health Priority" (pdf) contains recommendations for policy changes aimed at the prevention, screening, assessment, and treatment of adolescents.

 

Recovery Is Everywhere  is a public education campaign designed to reduce stigma by informing the public that they unknowingly have contact with recovering addicts every day who work hard and contribute to their communities, offer hope that addicts do recover, and challenge stereotypes about addicts and addiction. (freebie!)

 

William White Papers is a web site with writings by William White and co-authors on addiction treatment and recovery and recovery advocacy.

 

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SELF-HELP/MUTUAL HELP/SUPPORT GROUPS and RECOVERY SUPPORT PROGRAMS for RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION and for FAMILY and FRIENDS AFFECTED BY ALCOHOLISM and ADDICTION

The following are links to sites with information about some commonly attended support and recovery programs for recovery from alcohol/other drug problems and for family and friends, including some programs targeted to specific ages or needs. Inclusion on this list is not intended to be an endorsement of the program. 

 

For additional information: Faces and Voices of Recovery maintains a “Faces & Voices Guide to Mutual Aid Resources.” This resource provides explanations of and information about “mutual aid” groups for recovery from chemical dependency, mental health and related problems, including descriptions and contact information for groups that meet “face to face” or provide on-line support, group development suggestions, and information for professionals.  

 

Recovery on college campuses:

Association of Recovery Schools site provides information on secondary and post-secondary schools that have recovery programs to support students in recovery from alcohol or other drug dependence.

-   University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) is a recovery support service that provides holistic, tailored support to Michigan students who are in recovery from alcohol or other drug problems

 

"Twelve-Step" Support and Recovery Programs for Alcoholism/Addiction Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for anyone of any age that wants to stop drinking alcohol.

-   AA World Service Office. 

-   AA in Southeast Michigan (“Area 33.)

-   AA in Washtenaw County, Michigan (Huron Valley Area Intergroup.) 

-   AA in Livingston County, Michigan. 

AA resources of special interest to young people:

-  AA video for young people.

-  AA pamphlet: “A MESSAGE TO TEENAGERS...How to tell when drinking is becoming a problem.”

-  Michigan Conference of Young People in AA is an annual convention in Michigan with fellowship activities for young people in AA.

-  International Conference of Young People in AA is an annual USA convention with fellowship activities for young people in AA.

-  List of Washtenaw County AA and NA meetings (pdf) that have been suggested by young people in the programs as being attended by many young people.

 

Alcoholics for Christ is a Christian recovery program for people with alcoholism/other drug addiction and their families. 

 

Alcoholics Victorious (AV) is a Christian recovery program for people with alcoholism.

 

Ann Arbor Women’s Group (AAWG) supports women recovering from alcoholism and drug-addiction in Washtenaw County by providing a healthy social network, mentoring, help connecting with resources, job skill development, healthy activities, stigma reduction and other support.

 

Chemically Dependent Anonymous is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for anyone of any age that wants to stop the use of any mood-changing chemicals.

 

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for anyone of any age that wants to stop using cocaine. 

 

Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA) is a “Twelve Step” recovery program to help people stop using crystal methamphetamine.

 

Dual Recovery Anonymous (DRA) is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for people with both addiction and mental or emotional illness. 

 

Heroin Anonymous is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for heroin addicts.

 

Jewish Alcoholics, Addicts, Chemical Dependents and Significant Others (JACS) has information and programs for chemically dependent individuals and their families that help them to connect with Judaism based spiritual recovery. 

 

Marijuana Anonymous (MA) is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for people with marijuana addiction (includes a meeting in Ann Arbor.) 

 

Methadone Anonymous Support (MA) is a 12 step fellowship that gives support to those on “methadone maintenance treatment” for opiod addiction (also known as "Medication Assisted Treatment" or MAT.) 

 

Narcotics Anonymous (NA): NA is a “Twelve Step” recovery program for anyone of any age that wants to stop using drugs of any type. 

-   NA World Service Office. 

-   NA in Michigan.

-   NA in Washtenaw County area of Michigan (includes Livingston County meeting information.)

 

Nicotine Anonymous is a recovery program for people who want to stop using nicotine. 

 

White Bison is a Native American non-profit organization that offers healing resources, including a 12 Step recovery program, to Native Americans seeking to find sobriety and recovery from addictions to alcohol and other drugs.

 

Non"12-Step" Support and Alcoholism/Addiction Recovery Programs

Buddhist Recovery Network supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from addiction.  It is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence..

 

LifeRing Secular Recovery is a secular (non-religious) program for recovery from addictions. 

 

Rational Recovery advocates and describes an “addictive voice recognition technique" for stopping addictions. 

 

Secular Organization for Sobriety (SOS) is a non-religious recovery program. 

 

Self Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a recovery program that uses rational-emotive behavioral therapy techniques for addictions. 

 

Women for Sobriety (WFS) is an addiction recovery program for women. 

 

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SUPPORT and RECOVERY PROGRAMS for PARENTS, FAMILY and FRIENDS of SUBSTANCE ABUSERS

Adult Children of Alcoholics/Adult Children Anonymous (ACOA/ACA) is a “Twelve Step” program for adult children affected by parental alcoholism or dysfunction. 

 

Al-Anon Family Groups:  Al-Anon is a “Twelve Step” program for family and friends of alcoholics/addicts.

-   Al-Anon World Service Office. 

-   Al-Anon in Michigan. 

-   Al-Anon in the Washtenaw County area of Michigan.

 

Alateen is an Al-Anon program for teens that are affected by family alcoholism or addiction.  Please see Al-Anon links, above. 

 

Alcoholics for Christ is a Christian recovery program for people with alcoho9l/other drug addictions and their families. 

 

Co-Anon is a program for family and friends of cocaine addicts. 

 

Dawn Farm “Family Matters” (pdf) group  is a free, ongoing Tuesday evening support group for family and friends of people with addictions, whether the person with addictions is or has ever been a Dawn Farm client.  Please contact Dawn Farm for information.

 

Families Anonymous (FA) is a “Twelve Step” program for families with substance abusing children. 

 

Jewish Alcoholics, Addicts, Chemical Dependents and Significant Others (JACS) has information and programs for chemically dependent individuals and their families that help them to connect with Judaism based spiritual recovery. 

 

Nar-Anon is a “Twelve Step” program for family and friends of people with addiction.

 

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SELF-HELP CLEARINGHOUSES

American Self Help Clearinghouse provides information on locating, starting, publicizing and maintaining self help, mutual aid and support groups and programs, networking for self/mutual help, and for locating state self help clearinghouses. 

 

 

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT (for those who have experienced the death of a loved one due to alcohol/other drugs)

When someone we love dies due to his or her alcohol or other drug use, grief is often compounded by guilt and anguish over what we imagine might have been done to prevent it. A death due to alcohol or drug use is not the fault of another person, any more than death from any other illness is another person’s fault. Family and friends do not cause, and can not control or cure, the diseases of alcoholism/addiction any more that they cause, control or cure any other disease. The following are resources that provide help for healing to those who are grieving for a child, other relative or friend who has died due to substance use or a substance-related cause.

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) offers support, understanding, encouragement and hope to other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs.)

 

Compassionate Friends is a self-help support organization that assists families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and provides information to help others be supportive. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs.)

 

Ele’s Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization with a mission to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. Programs are available in the Ann Arbor and Lansing (Michigan) areas. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs but applicable to children who have lost a family member due to alcohol/other drug problems.)  .

 

Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) provides help, healing, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have experienced a loved one’s death as a result of alcohol/other drugs.  (Bereavement support is specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs.)  

 

Healing Hearts for Bereaved Parents is dedicated to providing grief support and services to parents who are suffering as the result of the death of their child or children. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs.)

 

Kite Network provides peer support for grieving people in Washtenaw County and surrounding area of Michigan. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs but applicable to people who have lost a family member due to alcohol/other drug problems.) 

 

Michigan Network for Grieving Children raises awareness of the needs of children grieving a death and assists Michigan communities in providing support for them. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs but applicable to children who have lost a family member due to alcohol/other drug problems.).

 

National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support grieving children. (General bereavement support; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs but applicable to children who have lost a family member due to alcohol/other drug problems.)

 

Survivors of Suicide helps those who have lost a loved one to suicide resolve their grief and pain in their own personal way. (Bereavement support for loss due to suicide; not specific to losses from alcohol/other drugs.)

 

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"TEENS USING DRUGS: WHAT TO KNOW and WHAT TO DO"  Disclaimer

PLEASE NOTE: this site is not a counseling or treatment service. We welcome comments and requests for information about the "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program and/or about this Web site, but the people who maintain the Web site are not substance abuse professionals and cannot provide advice about substance abuse problems.  Parents, family members, teens, professionals, and concerned community members are all welcome to attend the free "Teens Using Drugs: What To Know and What To Do" program to learn more about adolescent substance abuse problems and what can be done to help adolescents with alcohol/other drug problems. If you are not able to attend this program, you can click on the "referrals" section to find suggestions for other options, and check the "information/links" section for sources of information.