Substance Abuse Resources

The effects of alcohol and substance abuse can be seen in all age groups and in all facets of society. Drug abuse by children and teens can destroy a family and ruin a child’s chance for a successful career and future. Alcohol and drug abuse by parents can often have similar effects on children and teens by destroying the family bond, and by the modeling of risky and dangerous behavior. Adults who engage in substance abuse may end up losing close relationships with those they care for, losing jobs and careers they have worked hard for, and they may even risk incarceration because of their addictions and behaviors. 

Public Health Data

Drug Statistics: Information on drug use statistics listed alphabetically by drug name or type.

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University: Teen survey and substance abuse statistics along with resources and other information.

Drugs and Crime Facts: Statistics on drug use broken down into the categories of youth, general population, and workplace.

Federal Drug Data Sources: A listing of sites with surveys, assessments, and trends concerning substance abuse.

Commonly Abused Drugs: A listing of commonly abused drugs, with info on how they are taken and their health consequences.

Center for Substance Abuse Research: Organization at the University of Maryland at College Park who performs research to combat the problems caused by drug use.

Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse: This center at the University of Miami was created to conduct treatment research on adolescent drug abuse.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA): This organization performs alcohol-related research.

University of Pittsburgh Center for Education and Drug Abuse Research: This group’s purpose is to study substance use disorders and substance abuse.

Substance Abuse Policy Research Program: The mission of this program is to fund policy research in the hope of reducing the harm caused by alcohol and substance abuse.

American Council for Drug Education: An agency that develops materials and programs on drug use and its impact.

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America: Organization that provides education for parents to help them raise alcohol and drug-free kids.

Parents: The Anti-Drug: Site provides parents and caregivers with the tools needed to raise drug-free children.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD): A peer-to-peer education and activism organization that is dedicated to preventing destructive decisions such as drug and alcohol use.

Above the Influence: Site helps teens and young adults understand the pressures and influences they face daily and how to make positive life choices.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention:

Prevention First: This organization provides support to institutions of higher education in their fight against alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and violence.

Join Together: Advancing Effective Alcohol and Drug Policy, Prevention, and Treatment: This group supports community-based efforts to advance alcohol and drug policies.

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: This group provides educational information to help young people make informed decisions to be substance-free.

Substance Abuse Prevention: Page from the American Academy of Pediatrics with information for parents on substance abuse prevention.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: A searchable listing of drug treatment facilities in the USA.

Drug Addiction: Connecting People with People Who Can Help: This site provides information and treatment resources for many types of addiction.

Treatment Solutions Network: A network of independent addiction treatment facilities.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Information on this national group and where to find meetings.

Addiction Treatment Resources for Parents of Teens and Young Adults: Substance abuse treatment resources and information for parents.
Drug Related Information

Street Drugs: Information on many of the common street drugs.

KCI: The Anti-Meth Site: A site all about what meth is and meth addiction.

Illegal Drugs Identification Chart: What They Look Like & How to Recognize Their Effects: Photos and information regarding common illegal drugs.

Drug and Alcohol Information: Street Drugs: Some brief information regarding common street drugs.

Alcohol Abuse: A site all about alcohol abuse and its impact.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition: Information on inhalants and the dangers they pose.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Information regarding the abuse of prescription medications.

Pictures of Commonly Abused Drugs: Pictures and information on commonly abused drugs.

Drug Descriptions: Site from Canada with information on commonly used illegal drugs.

Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs: Information on narcotics and other types of dangerous drugs.
Professional Associations and Organizations

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence: A national group that addresses problems of drug dependence and abuse.

The Association for Addiction Professionals: An association that serves addition counselors, educators, and health care professionals who work in the field of addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery.

National Association of State Alcohol/Drug Abuse Directors: The purpose of this group is to support the development of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment programs throughout every state.

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse: The goal of this association is to make advances in substance abuse education and research.

International Harm Reduction Association: Organization that promotes harm reduction policies and practices worldwide regarding dangerous drugs.
Journals and other Publications

Addiction: A journal of peer-reviewed research reports on tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.

Addiction Messenger: A monthly publication with tips and information covering a variety of substance abuse-related topics.

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Health: Current Evidence: An online newsletter that summarizes research on alcohol, drugs, and health.

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