Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA): Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is the leading substance abuse prevention organization, representing over 5,000 community-based coalitions across the United States and in 22 countries who work to create safe, healthy, and drug-free communities. CADCA's Membership Department is ready and able to connect you with our coalition network which reaches into every U.S. state and territory.
How to Connect with Your Kids: Teens say that parents are the most important influence when it comes to drugs and alcohol. This link provides information for parents on how to bond with your teenagers as well as 8 ways to talk with your teen about drugs and alcohol.
Family Checkup: Highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiation and progression of drug use among youth.
Online Toolkit for Community Leaders: CADCA's online prescription drug abuse prevention toolkit introduces facts, strategies, and tools to prevent and reduce teen prescription drug abuse in your communities.
Above the Influence: Resources to help teens live "Above the Influence" and learn the facts about drugs and alcohol.
The Medicine Abuse Project: The Medicine Abuse Project website includes information about prevention of prescription drug abuse, painkiller addiction, and over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse. It provides information about how to dispose of medicine and how to safeguard the medicine in your home, as well as lists medicine abuse facts and includes comprehensive information about the most abused prescription drugs.
CHILDREN - PARENTAL SUBSTANCE USE
Children of Alcoholics Kit for Parents: The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) has assembled this kit to help you and your children learn more about this disease and to provide information for you about resources others have found to be helpful.
Find Al-Anon: Al-Anon is a network of support groups for friends and families of problem drinkers. This link provides information on how to tell if someone's problem drinking is affecting you and resources available for support.
Find Alateen: Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to share experiences, strength, and hope with each other, discuss difficulties learn effective ways to cope with problems, encourage one another, help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program, learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions.TREATMENT
Find an Addiction Psychiatrist: The AAAP (American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry) Patient Referral Program (or Physician Locator) is a listing of AAAP Members by state for quick and easy navigation and referrals.
Finding Quality Addiction Treatment: Whether you are seeking help for yourself or for a friend, family member or someone you know, this guide will point you toward the best quality treatment. Depending on where you live, your treatment options may be limited, but that doesn't mean you should ever go without treatment.
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) E-book: This eBook will help you learn more about medication-assisted treatment - what it is, how it's used, where to find it and how you can best support your child through treatment.
National Institute of Drug Abuse: Treatment: Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Drug addiction is also a relapsing disease. Relapse is the return to drug use after an attempt to stop.
Patient Guide: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse's step-by-step guide was created to help you navigate the vast amount of information and misinformation about finding addiction treatment and the questions that may arise along your journey.
Questions to Ask Treatment Programs: This list of questions can help guide your conversation with treatment program staff in helping you decide which program is the best fit for your child and family.
SAMHSA's National Helpline: SAMHSA's National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorder.
Guide to Mutual Aid Resources: Find a Support Group - Mutual aid is the process of giving and receiving non-clinical and non-professional help to achieve long-term recovery from addiction. There are mutual aid groups for people seeking, initiating and sustaining their recovery and for their families and significant others.
Locate an Association of Recovery Schools Member School: The map of school-based recovery support initiates from a broad market study conducted by The Stacie Mathewson Foundation on behalf of the Association of Recovery Schools. The goal is to paint a picture of the present landscape of schools that have a recovery support emphasis.
Parent support network: The Parent Support Network at Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and alcohol.
Recovery Residences: Information about access to quality recovery residences through standards, support services, placement, education, research and advocacy.
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction: Provides scientific information about the disease of drug addiction, including the many harmful consequences of drug abuse and the basic approaches that have been developed to prevent and treat the disease.
Prescription Drugs and Cold Medicines: Some medications have psychoactive (mind-altering) properties and, because of that, are sometimes abused that is, taken for reasons or in ways or amounts not intended by a doctor, or taken by someone other than the person for whom they are prescribed. In fact, prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older.
Rx and OTC Drug Guide: Teen medicine abuse is an epidemic - one that is not poised to get better. But there are steps we can all take, starting with getting educated about the types of medicine that teens frequently abuse, you can take the first step in helping to end medicine abuse. Here, you can learn about the prescription and over-the-counter drugs that teens are most commonly abusing, including what they look like, their street or slang names, how they're taken and what the potential side effects are.
The Teen Brain: Scientists are beginning to learn that it takes a brain about 25 years to fully develop, and that a huge burst of development happens during adole scence. That burst can explain a lot of unpredictable - and sometimes risky - teen behavior.
The Recovery Village: An organization with locations across the country, dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
SAMHSA's National Helpline: SAMHSA's National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit the online treatment locators.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Helpline: 1-855-DRUGFREE is a toll-free, national Helpline for parents whose children are abusing drugs or alcohol take effective action to support their loved one. The Helpline is staffed by trained and caring, bilingual, master's-level parent support specialists. Their job is to talk confidentially with callers and share information to help.
Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America Technical Assistance Hotline: 1-800-54-CADCA, Ext. 240.