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Updated on September 27, 2022

Substance Abuse Resources

Substance use disorder (SUD) is the official term for substance addiction. DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Ed.) has listed ten classes of addictive substances, including alcohol and drugs like opioids, cannabis, and cocaine.1, 2

To be diagnosed with substance use disorder, a person must meet at least two of these 11 criteria of DSM-5:2, 3  

  1. Taking a substance in larger quantities or over an extended period
  2. Repeated attempts to quit substance use but with no success
  3. Spending so much time using or obtaining the substance or recovering from its effects
  4. Strong cravings or urge to use drugs or alcohol
  5. Neglecting work, school, or home obligations due to substance use
  6. Ongoing substance use despite it causing relationship problems
  7. Giving up significant activities due to substance use
  8. Ongoing substance use despite it leading to harmful situations (like drunk driving)
  9. Ongoing substance use despite it causing or worsening physical or psychological problems
  10. Tolerance (taking more substance to get the desired effects)
  11. Withdrawal symptoms

You can find lots of helpful information about addiction right here on Addiction Group. You can check the following resources for more details.

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Drug Addiction Resources

Alcohol Addiction Resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): A fellowship of recovering alcohol users, with local AA groups conducting meetings and other educational resources. It’s similar to other groups that follow the 12-Step methodology, like NA, CA, CMA, Crystal Meth Anonymous (CMA), and Marijuana Anonymous. 
  • National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS): A non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol use during pregnancy. The NOFAS website contains a directory of specialists, online training, tools, and other resources.
  • SoberGrid: An app that provides people access to videos, blogs, local meetings, etc. 
  • Sober Recovery: An online referral source for people seeking rehab facilities. It has a treatment finder function, an addiction library, a blog, and an online forum. 
  • Alcohol Policy Information System (APIS): A project of the NIAAA. It provides details of alcohol-related policies in the U.S.

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Teen and Youth Addiction Resources

  • Family Resource Center: A directory of resources and guides for understanding addiction and addressing a child’s substance abuse. It was created by the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), a non-profit organization.
  • Partnership to End Addiction: A non-profit organization offering support to families who have children struggling with substance use disorders. It has reports, books, guides, news, and partnerships with other organizations.     
  • National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA): An organization that offers programs, kits, training, and other resources on the effect of alcohol and drug use on children and families.

Women's Addiction Resources

  • Soberistas: A women-only international community for staying sober. It requires paid membership, where you get access to online chats, forums, webinars, and professional support.  
  • Women for Sobriety: A non-profit group for women with substance use disorders. Its resources include a 24/7 message board, online chat, phone support, a private Facebook group, a blog, and a shop for self-help books. 
  • She Recovers: An international community of over 325,000 women in or seeking recovery from substance use disorders and other issues. It has online support, a yoga program, a blog, podcasts, and a directory of treatment and wellness partners.

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Support Groups and Meetings

  • The Daily Pledge: A free, online support community for people affected by alcohol and drug addiction. It was created by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, a non-profit treatment provider offering prevention and recovery solutions for youth and adults.
  • SoberCity: A community of people living a sober life. It can help you find support group meetings, events, and other valuable resources in your area.
  • Families Anonymous: Supports families of people with a drug or alcohol addiction or related behavioral health conditions.
  • Learn 2 Cope: A non-profit support network offering resources, education, and support for families with loved ones addicted to opioids or other drugs.
  • Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART) Recovery: A global community of support groups. It conducts meetings where people help each other resolve issues regarding their addiction. It also offers tools, materials, and other resources you can access through the website.
  • Al-Anon: A mutual support group for people whose family members or friends have alcohol use disorder. Alateen is part of the Al-Anon but for teens affected by someone else’s drinking problems.

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Harm Reduction

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Provides free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. It was launched by SAMHSA and Vibrant Emotional Health in 2005. 
  • Overdose Prevention Strategy: A page from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website. It highlights government activities promoting harm reduction and the harmful effects of substance use.
  • National Harm Reduction Technical Assistance Center (NHRTAC): Established by CDC in collaboration with SAMHSA. It provides harm reduction services, like syringe services programs and treatments for substance use disorder.

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