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Helpful Links

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Information resources

Mutual-support groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    Website:  www.aa.org
    Phone: 212-870-3400 (or check your local phone directory under "Alcoholism")
  • LifeRing
    Website: http://lifering.org
    Phone: 800-811-4142
  • Secular Organizations for Sobriety
    Website: www.sossobriety.org
    Phone: 323-666-4295
  • SMART Recovery
    Website: www.smartrecovery.org
    Phone: 440-951-5357
  • Women for Sobriety
    Website: http://womenforsobriety.org
    Phone: 215-536-8026

For family and friends

  • Al-Anon (al-anon.org): This mutual help group offers “strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers.”
  • Resources about the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) Approach: An evidence-based, nonconfrontational method of encouraging people to enter treatment for addiction.*
    • CRAFT: An Alternative to Intervention: This resource page is from the HBO Documentary “Addiction,” which was cosponsored by NIAAA and NIDA.
    • Addiction: The Next Step—Crisis Toolkit: Offers videos, tips, and tools to guide individuals in using the CRAFT approach.
    • Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening* by Robert J. Meyers and Brenda L. Wolfe. Available from booksellers and libraries, this book provides guidance in using the CRAFT approach.

For clinicians

For those seeking adolescent treatment resources

  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: This organization guides families and caregivers in finding treatment options for teens and provides an overview of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to improving family dynamics.
  • Family Resource Center (http://www.FamilyResourceCtr.org): Developed by researchers with support from NIDA, and in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the Family Resource Center provides a curated directory of resources for parents seeking comprehensive and trustworthy information to address adolescent substance use.
  • Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: This information from NIDA describes behavioral approaches, family-based approaches, medications, and recovery support.

*NIAAA has included several useful resources that have been developed using evidence-based principles derived from the Community Reinforcement and Family Training, or CRAFT, approach. CRAFT’s effectiveness has been evaluated with funding from NIAAA and NIDA. As a federal agency, however, NIAAA cannot endorse any particular commercial product or service.