Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Parents everywhere are concerned about protecting their children.  Those who have struggled with the impact of alcohol & drug abuse in their own lives and worry about increasing resilience in their homes.  Links range from “The Science Behind Drug Abuse”(information) to support “Al-Anon Family Groups.”  There are no specific treatment facilities listed — simply information-dense sites to provide a variety of starting points and perspectives.

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  • Too Smart to Start helps tools for youth, families, educators and communities to help prevent underage drinking
  • Initiative to Stop Underage Drinking with materials provided by 15 different agencies
  • Al-Anon Family Groups provides strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers, Nar-Anon provides similar support for families of addiction. Depending on your family’s particular issues, you may also want to check Families Anonymous and Co-Anon.
  • Above the Influence is a site directed to teens and young adults. It features a variety of drug facts, resources to get help for friends… and an opportunity to write for them.
  • Take a look at the difference between binge drinking and alcoholism here.  It’s especially important information for high school and college students… and their parents.
  • Did you know that eating dinner together is an important tool for preventing alcohol and drug abuse?  Suppers for Sobriety
  • Want to know what happens when an addicted person stops using?  Take a look at
  • Students Taking Action Not Drugs (STAND)  College-level alcohol & drug abuse prevention program,  mobilizing students to reduce substance abuse on their campuses.
  • Keep Coming Back  A site with news, research, interviews and networking opportunities.
  • Voices for Recovery  Center to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBT folks in recovery from alcohol & drug abuse.
  •  SMART Recovery has a program to help people recover from a variety of addictive behaviors.
  •  provides a variety of information to those seeking treatment.
  • Fortune Society provides peer-to-peer recovery support services to ex-prisoners and their families who are working toward recovery from alcohol & drug abuse
  • Easy Does It  Organizes committees that focus on holistic approaches to personal growth within the recovery process
  • Anchor Media Online and print magazine for families embracing a healthy recovery lifestyle.
  • White Bison offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American community nationwide. Many non-Native people also use White Bison’s healing resource products, attend its learning circles, and volunteer their services.
  • Join Together  Daily news updates, publications and technical assistance.
  • Adult Children of Alcoholics. The term “adult child” is used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic or dysfunctional homes and who exhibit identifiable traits that reveal past abuse or neglect.
  • Chemical People Project –  is based on the premise that within each community resides a releasable force, a force more powerful than that generated by a single individual or a single institution.
  • 5 moms from varying backgrounds joined together to start Stop Medicine Abuse.

Need an abbreviated, printable version of this guide? Just click Recovery Resources for Families to download.



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