Information is one of the best weapons we have in the fight against addiction.
Learning everything you can about different substances and their effects, current issues in the fight against drug addiction, ways to prevent the development of drug abuse and addiction in teens, and how to find treatment for yourself or someone else can change lives.
In the same way, exploring the world of mental health treatment and learning the signs and symptoms associated with different disorders as well as the industry standard in evidence-based treatment options can help you choose the right treatment program for you or your family member. Learning how to develop a healthy and productive relationship with oneself, with food, with money, with other people, and with the environment can mean the difference between living life as the victim of a mental health disorder and living with manageable symptoms.
A number of addiction treatment and mental health treatment resources are available to help you find everything you need when it comes to rehab and recovery.
From government sites to research organizations, aftercare and support groups to family support, the following unbiased rehab resources will help you find what you need to help yourself or your loved one heal after an active addiction.
The US government invests billions in addiction research, treatment and prevention every year. Across dozens of sites, you can access that information and get the help you need to better understand your addiction or that of a loved one.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. NIDA is run by the National Institutes of Health and provides comprehensive information about individual drugs and related topics, such as trends and statistics, addiction science, treatment and prevention research, medical consequences of drug abuse and more.
- Higher Education Center. Sponsored by the US Department of Education, this site offers case studies, news articles, prevention updates, the latest research and more for alcohol, drug abuse and violence prevention.
- Partnership for a Drug-Free America. According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, 90 percent of addicts begin abusing drugs during their teen years. The focus of Partnership is to stop the problem before it starts by providing education and prevention support to parents of teenagers.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA offers a complete database of articles that details a variety of mental health and addiction-related disorders as well as provides information about specific substances of abuse and a variety of different types of treatment and therapies.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. NCADD offers an informational website divided up into sections according to interest. Parents, teens, those in recovery, and friends and family members of addicts will be able to find the drug and treatment services information they need here.
- Office of National Drug Control Policy. Drug control efforts and policy as well as updated reports and surveys that illuminate the state of drug and alcohol abuse and public safety in the United States are the focus of this site.
- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The latest news and events that pertain to alcohol abuse and dependence in the United States as well as all the latest research sponsored by the organization are available here.
- Drug Enforcement Administration. News about policy as well as updates to international trafficking issues and research on substances and their prevalence in the United States are available to the public courtesy of the DEA.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn about infections passed amongst those who abuse drugs, strategies for the prevention of drug addiction and abuse, substance abuse treatment, and disease treatment for persons at risk on the CDC’s informative site.
- Drug Abuse Warning Network. Every year, new research is released about the numbers of emergency room visits related to different drugs of abuse, which indicates the prevalence of use and the dangers associated with each substance. Find reports going back to 2002 here.
- National Drug Intelligence Center. For those interested in the legal side of drug trafficking and abuse in the United States, the NDIC provides access to publications, judicial orders and opinions, reports, frequently requested forms, legal briefs and case highlights.
Addiction Research Resources
A number of nonprofit and educational organizations are dedicated to discovering the ins and outs of addiction and making that information available to the public. Below you will find unbiased resources for a better understanding of addiction and treatment.
- The Addiction Recovery Guide. This is our personal collection of guides culling the latest information about specific substances and treatments for a variety of drugs and alcohol.
- Addiction Science Research and Education Center. Supported by a group of scientists at The University of Texas at Austin, this site provides information about the latest research into the effects of drugs on the brain and body in a format that is easily understood by the general public.
- Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy. The latest in research and reports is available through this online journal as well as information about conferences that focus on niche areas of recovery.
- National Eating Disorders Association. This organization is dedicated to providing information and resources as well as event listings and programs that can help those fighting off anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders.
- Medline Plus. Medline Plus is a site run by the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health that provides nothing but resource pages about different substances of abuse. Each page includes a list of links to further information and more resources about each particular substance.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI works to provide mental health support, education, and advocacy to patients and their families as they learn to live with and manage their symptoms.
- American Psychiatric Association. This organization provides information about a variety of mental health disorders, including addiction issues. Recovery options are explored as well.
- Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. A community-based organization, the site provides information about drug and alcohol abuse, including interactive media, as well as opportunities to get involved locally and make a difference.
- Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.). This organization is known for providing unbiased research and educational and prevention resources with a focus on kid and teen drug abuse prevention.
- The Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health. This nonprofit organization provides resources to help people recognize sex addiction in themselves and others and learn how to heal from the issue.
- Drug Free America Foundation. Learn about how to prevent drug addiction as well as the ins and outs of drug testing, drug policy and different substances of abuse. Their blog also provides a regularly updated resource highlighting the latest news in drug addiction treatment.
- Mental Health America. Headlines pertaining to mental health issues, mental health information and resources for treatment are available on the MHA website.
- Monitoring the Future. Conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, the Monitoring the Future study produces an annual report detailing the drug and alcohol beliefs and habits of 8th graders, 10th graders and high school seniors in the United States.
- National Council on Problem Gambling. This organization provides information about problem gambling and chronic gambling as well as assistance in identifying the problem and beginning the healing process.
Aftercare and Recovery Support Groups
The period immediately following drug rehab is just as important to a patient’s overall recovery as their time spent in treatment, and 12-step style groups can mean the difference between long-term sobriety and almost immediate relapse. Aftercare and recovery groups dedicated to providing a safe place to work through experiences related to addiction and to find general and personal support can be extremely beneficial to the recovery process.
- Alcoholics Anonymous. Dedicated to providing a safe and anonymous forum for members to share about their experiences in recovery and seek support, their website can help you learn more about the organization, determine whether or not the 12-step program is for you, and find local AA meetings to attend.
- Narcotics Anonymous. Literature about NA, periodicals and reports, as well as a database of NA meetings across the country are available on their official site.
- Sex Addicts Anonymous. Compulsive sex addicts who are unable to avoid indulging in their impulses to abuse online porn or have dangerous sexual encounters with strangers can find support in developing their own version of “sober” at SA meetings.
- Gamblers Anonymous. A 24-hour hotline is available on the GA website as are a database of local GA meetings and information about problem and chronic gambling.
- Overeaters Anonymous. OA is a 12-step program dedicated to helping its members learn how to have a functional relationship with food and how to maintain healthy weight loss through the support of others dealing with the same issue.
- Codependents Anonymous. Many addicts and those with compulsivity issues exhibit codependent behaviors before and after recovery. Learning how to have positive and healthy relationships with others can be key to everyone’s recovery and CoDA meetings can help.
- Emotional Health Anonymous. This 12-step program is for those who struggle with mental health disorders not related to substance abuse.
- Grow in America. An international health movement dedicated to providing support to those in recovery for a mental health disorder, this organization provides information about local meetings and what to expect at the “mutual help” groups.
Family Support Resources
Friends and family members of addicts and alcoholics are challenged on a daily basis to walk the fine line between supporting their addicted loved one and avoiding enabling the addiction. It’s not easy and even after the addict seeks treatment, it can still be difficult to heal from the experience. The following sites provide assistance and access to support that can be vital to the entire family.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving. MADD is the hub for mothers concerned about the effects of alcohol on teenagers. Statistics and information about underage drinking and its effects as well as prevention efforts and victim services are all available here.
- Parents: The Anti-Drug. This site has everything that concerned parents need to help their children fight against the temptation to abuse drugs: parenting advice, informational articles that help to determine whether or not a teenager is drinking or getting high, information about the effects of different drugs, the latest drug-related news, and a comprehensive list of resources.
- Adult Children of Alcoholics. Those who grow up with alcoholic or drug-addicted parents have a unique childhood experience and often struggle with issues of trust in relationships. Here, adult children of alcoholics can find support and a safe place to work through their experience with others who have been through the same thing.
- Families Anonymous. For close friends and family members who love someone addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, it can be a long, hard road. At these meetings, those who suspect or know for certain that a loved one is living with addiction can find support as they determine how to move forward and address the problem.
- Al-Anon/Alateen. Friends and family members of problem drinkers can find the help they need to navigate the ups and downs of loving an addicted person through the many varieties of Al-Anon and Alateen family 12-step groups. There are groups for adults and separate groups for teenagers who are struggling with the issue of growing up with an addicted person.
With enough research, one thing becomes clear: Addiction issues and mental health disorders require medical treatment at an evidence-based treatment program staffed by specialists in the field. These problems will not go away on their own, and those who identify the signs of addiction or a mental health issue in themselves or someone they love should not put off exploring their treatment options.
If you would like more information about drug and alcohol addiction treatment or if you need help locating a treatment center that can provide you or your loved one with the medical and therapeutic care necessary to heal, contact us at the number listed above today.