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The following is a list of web sites that contain a wide range of issues related to substance abuse. Many of these web sites either directly focus or pay particular interest to the impact of substance abuse on children and families. Although extensive, the following is certainly not a complete listing of all the important web sites on substance abuse. CWLA welcomes suggestions of links that may be missing or that may need to be updated.
  • Administration for Children and Families
    The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) federal program houses the Children's Bureau, which covers a wide-range of topics including substance abuse.

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
    A. A. is an international fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

  • Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF)
    ABMRF is the largest, independent, non-profit foundation in North America devoted solely to supporting research on the effects of alcohol on health, behavior and prevention of alcohol-related problems.

  • Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc. (Al-Anon/Alateen)
    Al-Anon/Alateen is a support program that helps families and friends (adults and youths) of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend.

  • Alcohol Research Group (ARG)
    ARG focuses on alcohol and substance use and intervention in the general population and in specific populations such as individuals in treatment, welfare recipients and the homeless.

  • American Council for Drug Education (ACDE)
    ACDE is a substance abuse prevention and education agency that develops programs and materials based on the most current scientific research on drug use and its impact on society.

  • Association for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA)
    AMERSA is an association of multidisciplinary health care professionals in the field of substance abuse dedicated to improving research and education about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

  • American Psychological Association, Division 50--Addictions
    Division 50 - Addictions promotes advances in research, professional training, and clinical practice within the broad range of addictive behaviors including problematic use of alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs and disorders involving gambling, eating, sexual behavior, or spending.

  • American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
    APHSA is devoted to developing, promoting, and implementing public human service policies that improve the health and well-being of families, children, and adults. APHSA's department on children and family services is working with states to address AOD issues in the child welfare system.

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
    The nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addictions

  • Association for Addicted Professionals (formerly National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
    NAADAC is the largest national organization for alcoholism and drug abuse professionals across the country who treat addicted individuals and families. NAADAC is committed to increasing general awareness of alcoholism and drug abuse and enhancing care of individuals through treatment, education, and prevention programs.

  • Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies (CAAS)
    CAAS promotes the identification, prevention, and effective treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems in our society through research, education, training, and policy advocacy.

  • Building Blocks for a Healthy Future
    Created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Internet's first early childhood substance abuse prevention resource is geared toward improving communication between children and their caregivers. Designed for children ages 3-6 and their parents and caregivers. Includes engaging, colorful characters and games and offers parents and caregivers tips on communicating with children, spending quality time together, and engaging in active listening and dialog.

  • Caron Foundation
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality rehabilitative services to all those affected by the sickness of addiction. The foundation offers a full spectrum of gender-specific chemical dependency treatment programs to meet the needs of everyone - from adolescents to seniors. Caron's expertise includes early intervention, medical evaluation and detoxification, residential primary, relapse and extended care, outpatient treatment for adults and adolescents, continuing care, family counseling and co-dependency treatment.

  • Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
    The primary mission of CESAR is to collect, analyze, and disseminate information on the nature and extent of substance abuse and related problems in Maryland and nationally. CESAR also conducts policy-relevant research on specific initiatives to prevent, treat, and control substance abuse, and evaluates prevention and treatment programs.

  • Children of Alcoholics Foundation (COAF)
    COAF is a national non-profit that provides a range of educational materials and services to help professionals, children and adults break the intergenerational cycle of parental substance abuse.

  • Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
    CDF is one of the leading children's advocacy organizations that pays particular interest to poor, minority, and disabled children. Many of their publications and reports highlight the substantial influence of substance abuse on children and families.

  • Children and Family Futures (CFF)
    A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families, particularly those affected by alcohol and other drugs by providing technical assistance and training to government, community-based organizations, and schools on strategic planning, evaluation, and measures of effectiveness.

  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD)
    CPDD is a professional organization of scientists whose research is directed toward a better understanding of drug abuse and addiction.

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
    CADCA is a coalition of more than 4,300 community organizations across the U.S. This web site offers a plethora of resources to help communities combat substance abuse.

  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
    DHHS is the governing body of more than 300 federal programs designed to protect the health and provide essential services to American citizens. This site contains facts sheets and evaluations concerning the administration, research, and policies of hundreds of federal programs.

  • Department of Labor (DOL)
    The DOL has created the Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace program, a one-stop source for information about workplace substance abuse prevention. This site provides employers with introductory resources and tools to address the problematic use by employees of any substance-including but not limited to alcohol, illegal drugs and prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

  • Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS)
    The Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Studies (DATOS) were initiated in 1990 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to evaluate drug abuse treatment outcomes and emerging treatment issues in the United States. This is NIDA's third national outcome evaluation study of publicly funded treatment. Four collaborating research centers were funded in 1995 to pursue independent but coordinated programs of research based on DATOS.

  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    The DEA enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

    DRUGINFO database indexes and abstracts literature on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use/abuse. It covers the educational, psychological, and sociological literature comprehensively, and the medical and biological literature selectively from 1968 to the present.

  • DrugNet
    Drugnet has been developed as a public service by Danya International, Inc. The site provides one of the most comprehensive listing/categorization with descriptions of other addiction-related sites and materials available on the Internet.

  • Drug Strategies
    Drug Strategies promotes more effective approaches to the nation's drug problems and supports private and public efforts to reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement and community initiatives.

  • FedStats
    This site provides links to more than 70 federal agencies as well as regional and state-wide statistics.

  • Free Drug or Alcohol Addiction Treatment
    A guide about finding drug and alcohol treatment, free of cost.

  • Free to Grow
    Free To Grow is a national demonstration program testing an innovative approach to two closely related public health problems--substance abuse and child abuse. Free To Grow identifies the best ideas and practices in the field of prevention in general and substance abuse and child abuse prevention in particular and applies them to the crucial early years.

  • Harvard Medical School, Division on Addictions
    The mission of the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School is to strengthen worldwide understanding of addiction through innovative research, education, and the global exchange of information. The ultimate goal is to alleviate the individual, social, medical, and economic burdens caused by addictive behaviors.

  • Hazelden
    A nonprofit organization providing high-quality, affordable rehabilitation, education, prevention, professional services, and publications regarding chemical dependency and related disorders.

  • Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
    The Higher Education Center's purpose is to help college and community leaders develop, implement, and evaluate programs and policies to reduce student problems related to alcohol and other drug use and interpersonal violence.

  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
    IHS is an agency within the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan
    ICPSR provides access to the world's largest archive of computerized social science data, including data on substance abuse and mental health.

  • Join Together
    Join Together supports community-based efforts to reduce, prevent, and treat substance abuse across the nation.

  • Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco (LCAT)
    LCAT's mission is to combat alcohol and tobacco problems and their underlying causes in Latino communities. LCAT is unique since it is only Latino national organization dedicated solely to reducing the harm caused by alcohol and tobacco in the Latino community through research, policy analysis, community education, training and information dissemination.

  • Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free
    Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a unique coalition of more than 30 Governors' spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations, is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9 to 15.

  • Legal Action Center (LAC)
    LAC is a law and policy organization in the U. S. that fights discrimination against people with histories of addiction, AIDS, and criminal records and advocates for sound public policies in these areas.

  • Marijuana Anonymous
    Marijuana Anonymous uses the basic 12 Steps of Recovery founded by Alcoholics Anonymous. They are a fellowship of men and women who share experience, strength, and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

  • Miami Coalition For Safe And Drug-Free Community
    The Miami Coalition For A Safe And Drug-Free Community is a broadly based community organization committed to reducing the problems of drug abuse, addiction, and directly related social issues by serving in the role as a community facilitator.

  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD)
    MADD is a national non profit organization that is dedicated to identifying effective solutions to drunk driving and underage drinking problems, while supporting those who have already experienced the pain of these senseless crimes.

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)
    NACoA is the national non profit membership organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents. NACoA's mission is to advocate for all children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

  • National Association of Drug Court Professionals
    The National Association of Drug Court Professionals seeks to reduce substance abuse, crime and recidivism by promoting and advocating for the establishment and funding of Drug Courts and providing for collection and dissemination of information, technical assistance, and mutual support to association members.

  • National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
    NASADAD is a non profit educational, scientific, and informational organization dedicated to fostering and supporting the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs across the nation.

  • National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
    CASA is a unique think/action tank that engages all disciplines to study every form of substance abuse as it affects our society. CASA has published several major reports on substance abuse which focused on the impact of AOD use on such populations as children and youth, families, and the child welfare system.

  • National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
    This site hosts the world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning alcohol and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment.

  • National Commission Against Drunk Driving (NCADD)
    A non-profit organization of public and private sector leaders who are dedicated to minimizing the human and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes by working to make driving impaired a socially unacceptable act. The web site contains research and resource publications geared for both parents and teenagers.

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
    NCADD provides education, information, help and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention and treatment through offices in New York and Washington, and a nationwide network of Affiliates.

  • National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH)
    NCCBH is a non profit trade association serving the education, advocacy and networking needs of more than 800 community providers of mental health and addiction treatment services. NCCBH is an important voice in the shaping of federal law, policy, and regulations that govern the behavioral healthcare world.

  • National Drug Prevention League (NDPL)
    NDPL is an association of national organizations focused on AOD prevention, the web-site contains national AOD news and information as well as links to NDPL members, federal government sites, and other AOD-related organizations.

  • National Drug Strategy Network
    The National Drug Strategy Network is working for effective approaches to address the world's many drug problems by sharing accurate information about drug control strategies. NDSN is made up of individuals and organizations around the world, and is supported by the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a privately funded, non-profit educational charity working on innovative solutions to problems facing the criminal justice system.

  • National Families In Action (NFIA)
    National Families in Action is a national drug education, prevention, and policy center based in Atlanta, Georgia. Its mission is to help families and communities prevent drug abuse among children by promoting policies based on science.

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
    The NIAAA site contains publications, searchable databases, and research and information pertaining to alcohol-related problems, as well as, NIAAA's conference and event schedule, press releases, and programmatic news on its various research efforts.

  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
    This extensive site offers publications, fact sheets, and press releases on all types of alcohol and other drugs. The site covers prevention, intervention, policy, and funding information. The site offers a vast amount of information ranging from very scientifically-based information to resources geared for the general public.

  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    NLM is the world's largest medical library hosting materials in all areas of biomedicine and health care, as well as works on biomedical aspects of technology, the humanities, and the physical, life, and social sciences.

  • National Indian Child Welfare Institute
    NICWA is a national voice for American Indian children and families. It is a membership organization whose main constituency is tribal governments, urban Indian social service programs, and frontline staff who work with Indian children and families.

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    NIMH is dedicated to diminishing the burden of mental illness through research. A division of the National Institutes of Health, this site offers brochures, information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials geared toward practitioners, researchers, and the general public.

  • National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
    A nonprofit organization founded in 1990 dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy and improving the quality of life for those individuals and families affected.

  • Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
    The Marin Institute is a public health and AOD research and prevention institute which also serves as a watchdog to the alcohol marketing industry.

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
    The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program, the goals of which are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking; drug-related crime and violence; and drug-related health consequences.

  • Parenting is Prevention (PIPP)
    Parenting is Prevention provides accurate information, support, and resources to assist parents and others in raising children to be healthy, drug-free, productive adults.

  • Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA)
    The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a coalition of communications professionals - from advertising, the media industry, public relations, research companies, actors guilds, production companies - dedicated to one mission: to help kids and teens reject substance abuse by influencing attitudes through persuasive information.

  • Project Cork

  • RAND
    RAND is a large research organization that focuses on alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health services, as well as maternal, child and adolescent health.

  • Recovery Connection
    This website shares information about teen drug addiction and treatment programs.

  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest US foundation devoted to improving the health and health care of all Americans.

  • Scott Newman Center
    The Scott Newman Center is dedicated to the prevention of substance abuse through education. The Center continues to develop innovative, research-based drug prevention materials and projects that target families, schools and communities.

  • Stop Teenage Addiction to Tobacco (STAT)
    STAT uses a combination of activism, advocacy, education and networking to eliminate the availability of tobacco to minors, regulate tobacco advertising and promotion and make the public aware of the unethical and deceitful marketing practices of the tobacco industry.

  • Strengthening America's Families Project
    A project of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). Provides the results of the 1999 search for "best practice" family strengthening programs.

  • Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS)
    SALIS is an international association of individuals and organizations with special interests in the exchange and dissemination of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug information.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    SAMHSA's mission is to strengthen the Nation's health care capacity to provide prevention, diagnosis, and treatment services for Americans suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. SAMHSA serves as the umbrella under which substance abuse and mental health service centers are housed, including: the Center for Mental Health Services, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

  • Web of Addictions
    The Web of Addictions contains news, facts, links, rolodex, and in-depth information on topics related to AOD addiction information.

  • is part of the USA Addiction Treatment Partnership, a Florida based non-profit organization. The site provides addiction withdrawal resources including common signs, symptoms and treatment.

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