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Helpful Links

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Information resources

Mutual-support groups

eHealth Alcohol Treatment Tools*

The tools listed below are a sample of computer-based or mobile e-health tools developed with NIAAA funding. Each has an evidence base that supports its potential effectiveness. For a brief, technical summary of developments in this area, see the NIAAA Alcohol Alert issue on eHealth Technology.

  • A-CHESS—A mobile relapse prevention tool; available from some specialty treatment programs.
  • CBT4CBT—A computer-based program that offers cognitive behavioral therapy to help people stop drinking; health professionals can provide a prescription.
  • Checkup & Choices—A digital self-help program to guide people in deciding whether to change their drinking habits and developing skills to make a change.

For family and friends

  • Al-Anon: 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.*
    • 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

Clinical trials on alcohol treatment  

NIAAA supports research on alcohol treatment at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and at research centers throughout the country.  

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 potentially useful resources developed with NIAAA funding or based on evidence-based principles derived from research funded by NIAAA and NIDA. As a federal agency, however, NIAAA cannot endorse any particular commercial product or service.