Adolescent Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Treatment Center
The purpose of the Adolescent Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Treatment Center is to improve the standard of care for adolescents with comorbid traumatic stress and substance use disorders. It provides resources to increase awareness about trauma, emotional distress, and substance misuse; emphasizes the role of triggers that can lead to traumatic stress symptom reoccurrence and substance misuse; and provides information on treatment.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
ACA is a 12-step program that serves adults who grew up with a caregiver who had an alcohol use disorder or lived with an otherwise dysfunctional family and have experienced negative effects because of these aspects of their childhood that have led them to seek out a recovery program.
Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon Family Groups, founded in 1951, provide a forum in which members can give direction or advice to other members who are in households with people who misuse alcohol. The Al-Anon Family Groups' website provides information for professionals and for adults and teens about meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Founded in 1935, AA aims to help people with alcohol use disorders to recover and stay sober. It provides meetings worldwide during which people can share their experiences and receive advice on resolving their alcohol use disorder.
Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
CA, founded in 1982, aims to help those with dependence on cocaine, crack, speed, or similar substances to recover and stay sober. It provides meetings worldwide during which people can discuss their experiences with drug dependence, misuse, and recovery, and get advice on overcoming a substance use disorder and avoiding relapse.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
NA aims to help those who are dependent on narcotics and other drugs, including alcohol, to recover from their substance use disorder and prevent relapse. Founded in 1953, it is a community-based organization with meetings worldwide during which people can share their experiences and seek advice on resolving their substance dependence and avoiding relapse. It follows the 12 steps developed by AA.
This website provides information on Seeking Safety therapy, which helps people with trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance misuse. It provides information on Seeking Safety trainings; adherence scale assessments; and articles on Seeking Safety, trauma, and substance misuse.
Teen Help—Teen Alcoholism
This website identifies the signs of an alcohol use disorder and offers prevention and treatment options.
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Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website provides an online resource for locating treatment programs for drug and alcohol misuse.
Buprenorphine Physician and Treatment Program Locator
This website provides an online resource locator that lists physicians and programs that treat patients with buprenorphine (a semi-synthetic opioid used to treat narcotics use disorders). Site visitors can search for physicians and treatment programs by city, county, state, or zip code. The site also provides information for people who suspect that a family member or friend may need support or assistance with drug or alcohol misuse. This resource can be used by providers, substance users, and their families.
Mental Health Treatment Facility Locator
People who have substance use disorders may also have mental health problems or mental illnesses. Through this website, people can locate mental health treatment facilities and programs. It provides a map and allows site visitors to search for treatment facilities by city, county, or zip code. It also lists facilities providing mental health services for people with mental illness, including those funded by the state, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and private for-profit and nonprofit mental health facilities.
Opioid Treatment Programs Directory
This website provides an online directory of all opioid treatment programs (OTPs) certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Site visitors can search for OTPs by state.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center (SAMHSA DTAC)
SAMHSA DTAC supports the efforts of states, territories, tribes, and local entities to be prepared, so they are better able to deliver an effective behavioral health (mental health and substance abuse) response to disasters. SAMHSA DTAC provides guidance pertaining to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program by facilitating information exchange and knowledge brokering by connecting technical assistance requestors to their peers and experts in the field. Last, SAMHSA DTAC has useful print and electronic materials in the Resource Collection about disaster behavioral health preparedness and response.
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Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
The mission of ASAP, according to its website, is "to strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army´s workforce, to conserve manpower and enhance the combat readiness of Soldiers." This site provides guidance and leadership on nonclinical substance misuse–related issues by providing information on alcohol and drugs, substance misuse laws and regulations, substance misuse resources, and upcoming campaigns and events.
Naval Center Combat and Operational Stress Control (COSC)
The purpose of the Naval Center COSC is to help improve the mental health of marines and sailors by promoting resilience and stress management. The center provides information for active service members and their families, military leaders, and health professionals. It also investigates the best practices in diagnosis and treatment of PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
This website provides helpful information regarding veteran benefits and treatment facilities.
Returning Service Members
This VA website is dedicated to returning Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Veterans and Military Families
The VA has identified six areas that military personnel and their families may need the most support. One of these areas, identified on the Veterans and Military Families page of the VA website, includes increasing behavioral health care services and making military families and communities aware that psychological and physical fitness are equally important.
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Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
According to its website, "CSAP provides national leadership in the federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug problems. . . . To help Americans lead healthier and longer lives, CSAP promotes a structured, community-based approach to substance abuse prevention through the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The framework aims to promote youth development, reduce risk-taking behaviors, build assets and resilience, and prevent problem behaviors across the individual's life span."
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
According to its website, "CSAT promotes the quality and availability of community-based substance abuse treatment services for individuals and families who need them. CSAT works with states and community-based groups to improve and expand existing substance abuse treatment services under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Program."
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24/7, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The hotline can be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Alternately, an online crisis chat is available through the Lifeline website.
National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD website, which is part of the VA site, is a resource for military veterans, their family and friends, mental health providers, and researchers. It contains information on trauma, PTSD, and their effects and links to the largest research database on these subjects, the PILOTS database.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
As part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NIAAA is a research institute that supports and conducts research on the effect of alcohol misuse. It aims to reduce national alcohol misuse and problems related to alcoholism. As the world's largest funder of alcohol research, it also works with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work. It aims to remove the prejudice and discrimination associated with alcohol dependence, develop best practices for prevention and treatment, examine why people's responses to alcohol differ, and provide a better understanding of the health risks and benefits of alcohol.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Also part of the NIH, NIDA is a research institute with a mission, according to its website, "to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction." It aims to support research to prevent drug misuse and addiction, to provide clinical treatment for drug misuse, and to mitigate the effect of drug misuse and addiction. It also provides facts and research reports, newsletters, and drug addiction and clinical practice journals for researchers and health care providers.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Publications | SAMHSA Store
The SAMHSA Store offers free publications and tip sheets, many of which can be downloaded, on topics such as substance misuse and disasters, among others.
SAMHSA Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS)—Screening Tools
According to its website, the SAMHSA HRSA CIHS "promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health [mental health and substance misuse] services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings." The Screening Tools webpage provides instruments to assess for depression, drug and alcohol misuse, bipolar disorder, suicide risk, and anxiety disorders.
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Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event
A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Care-Givers.
Immediate Disaster Response: Hurricane Sandy-Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS)
This installment of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on first responders and, currently, Hurricane Sandy.