›› Coalitions and Support Groups


American Self-Help Clearinghouse
This guide has been developed to act as your starting point for exploring real-life support groups and networks that are available throughout the world and in your community. (973) 625-3037 (201) 625-9053 (TDD)

Children of Alcoholics Foundation Inc.
A voluntary nonprofit organization whose primary purposes are to reach, help, and offer hope to young and adult children of alcoholics; inform and educate the public and professionals about this group; disseminate research and new data on the effects of family alcoholism on children; and encourage federal, state, and local decision makers to respond to the needs of COAs.
(212) 757-2100 x6370

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
CADCA's mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities. The organization supports its members with technical assistance and training, public policy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences and special events. (800) 54-CADCA

Join Together
Since 1991, Join Together has supported community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment.
(617) 437-1500

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children
The National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children is committed to protecting children endangered by caregivers involved in using, dealing, or manufacturing drugs.
(303) 413-3064

Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco A national organization dedicated to reducing the enormous harm caused by alcohol and tobacco in the Latino community. Advocates prevention measures ranging from education to legislation to promote better health among children and adults.
(202) 371-1186

MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MADD's mission is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
A private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to strengthening families and promoting culturally competent substance abuse and related services for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Also focuses on issues and problems related to substance abuse such as health care, gang and domestic violence, mental health, and poverty. (213) 625-5795

National Family Partnership
A national parent network organized to combat drug and alcohol use and abuse by adolescents.
(305) 856-4173 (800) 705-8997

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
The NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops informational materials, produces ViewPoint (a quarterly newsletter), provides training and technical assistance and leads a week-long national grassroots inhalant education and awareness campaign.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America®
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a nonprofit coalition of communication, health, medical and educational professionals working to reduce illicit drug use and help people live healthy, drug-free lives.
(212) 922-1560

Phoenix House
Provides advice and referrals to individuals about drug and alcohol treatment services, including local referrals to programs in the caller's area. Operates 24 hours daily.

Students Against Destructive Decisions
Students helping students make positive decisions about challenges in their everyday lives. Provides prevention and intervention tools to help eliminate impaired driving, end underage drinking, drug abuse, and other destructive decisions. Offers community awareness programs, literature, sponsors SADD chapters and group development guidelines.

Treatment Coordination and Advocacy
National treatment placement and referral service for clients and their families trying to find the best treatment center for their particular needs. We work with addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, PTSD, depression and personality disorders.
(888) 301-9425

Support Groups

African American Family Services (AAFS)
AAFS Provides a range of services related to substance abuse, including referral and advocacy, community education, family counseling, diagnosis and treatment planning, adult after-care management and support groups, prevention, outpatient treatment, and internship opportunities. AAFS also consults nationwide on program design. They offer written materials and a free newsletter pertaining to alcoholism and other drug abuse among blacks. Maintains Resource Center.
(612) 871-7878

Alcoholics Anonymous
A worldwide fellowship for anyone who wants to achieve and maintain sobriety. Anonymous and self-supported through members' voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon Family Group/Alateen
Al-Anon is a fellowship for relatives and friends of individuals with an alcohol problem. Mutual support groups meet worldwide.
1 (888) 4AL-ANON

Cocaine Anonymous, Inc.
12-step fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hopes that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction. Quarterly newsletter. Group starter kit available.

Dual Recovery Anonymous, Inc.
An independent, 12-step, nonprofessional, self-help fellowship organization for people with a dual diagnosis of emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency..

International Doctors in Alcoholics Anonymous
Opportunity for doctoral level health care professionals to discuss common problems and find common solutions to drug and alcohol problems. Annual meetings (1st week in Aug.), phone support, information and referrals, newsletter. Mutual help meetings at conferences of other organizations.

International Lawyers in Alcoholics Anonymous
Serves as a clearinghouse for support groups for lawyers who are recovering alcoholics or have other chemical dependencies. Newsletter, annual conventions. Group development guidelines.

Rational Recovery Self-Help Network
An abstinence-based, non-12-Step recovery program with no religious, spiritual, or psychological content. Based on Addictive Voice Recognition Technique, a tutorial on which can be found on the organization's Web site.
(530) 621-4374 or (530) 621-2667

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
The Center for Inquiry-West, A non-spiritually based recovery fellowship.
(310) 821-8430

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery
An abstinence-based, non-12-Step self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using drugs. Based on the principles of rational emotive behavior therapy.
(440) 951-5357

Women For Sobriety
National membership organization that aims to help all women with a drinking problem find a way to sobriety and a fulfilling way of life. Small, local groups of women meet to discuss their shared problem and needs.
(800) 333-1606

National Anti-Drug Media Campaign
An historic initiative to encourage kids to stay drug-free. The Campaign targets youth ages 9-18-especially the vulnerable middle-school adolescents-their parents, and other adults who influence the choices young people make.

12 Step.org - Information and Resources for 12 Step Programs
Website offers information on substance abuse and recovery, Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous page, Recovery Tools, Recovery Books, Gifts and more.


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Legal and Policy organizations

American Bar Association (ABA) - Standing Committee on Substance Abuse
Promoting justice system reform that addresses problems associated with the illegal use of drugs and alcohol in this country. To carry out this mission, the Standing Committee collaborates with other ABA entities, federal, state, and local public/private organizations, and state, local, and territorial bar associations.
1 (202) 662-1784 American Correctional Association

This organization provides resources for practitioners in the correctional profession and those interested in improving the justice system.
4380 Forbes Boulevard
Lanham, MD 20706-4332
(800) ACA-JOIN (Toll-Free)
(301) 918-1800

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Provides educational information at the intersection of law, medicine, & ethics.

Center for Families, Children and the Courts

This center is dedicated to improving the quality of justice and services to meet the diverse needs of children, youth, families, and self-represented litigants in the California courts.
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102-3660
(415) 865-7739

DUI DWI: International Referral Database
Referral database for Lawyers & Attorneys specializing in DWI DUI and impaired driving cases. Covers the US and Canada. Articles contributed by lawyers in each state.

Harm Reduction Coalition

Committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing. Promotes alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment; challenges traditional client/provider relationships; and provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users.
(510) 444-6969 (212) 213-6376

International Lawyers in Alcoholics Anonymous

Serves as a clearinghouse for support groups for lawyers who are recovering alcoholics or have other chemical dependencies. Newsletter, annual conventions. Group development guidelines.

Legal Action Center

A law and policy organization that advocates for individuals with alcohol and other drug problems and HIV disease and the many programs that serve them. LAC also works on a wide range of issues, including disability rights; confidentiality of alcohol, other drug, and HIV patient information; services for individuals in the criminal justice and welfare systems; managed care; and financing of alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention services.
1(212) 243-1313 Outside New York: 1(800)223-4044

Drug Policy Alliance

A nonprofit organization that publicizes alternatives to current drug control strategies. Has a large, uncatalogued collection of drug policy print and audiovisual materials that is open to the public for on-site use.
1(202) 537-500

National Drug Court Institute (NDCI)

This institute promotes education, research, and scholarship for drug court and other court-based intervention programs.
1(703) 575-9400 ext. 13

RAND Drug Policy Institute
The goal of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center is to provide a firm, empirical foundation on which sound drug policies can be built.


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Professional & Industry Associations

American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive methadone treatment services throughout the United States.

American Society of Addiction Medicine

An international association of physicians dedicated to improving the treatment of alcoholism and other addictions and educating physicians and medical students, promoting research and prevention, and enlightening and informing the medical community and the public.
(301) 656-3920 Publications: 1-800-844-8948

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

Provides educational information at the intersection of law, medicine, & ethics.

This association addresses issues facing black psychologists and the black community.

1(202) 722-0808

This association provides help for African-American children and their families in the child welfare system.
1(202) 662-4284

Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations

Their mission is to improve the health and well-being of all Hispanic communities throughout the United States, focusing on the health, mental health, and human services needs of the Nation’s Hispanic communities.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

(NASADAD) is a private, non-profit educational, scientific, and informational organization. The Association was incorporated in 1971 to serve State Drug Agency Directors, in 1978 the membership was expanded to include State Alcoholism Agency Directors.

The Association for Addiction Professionals

The largest membership organization for addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-related health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, education and treatment.

Entertainment Industries Council

In 1983, the Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., was founded by leaders in the entertainment industry
to provide information about major public health and social issues among the entertainment industry and
to audiences at large.

International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, Inc

IC&RC is a private, non-profit membership organization comprised of 72 certification boards worldwide. IC&RC member boards offer credentialing for alcohol and other drug abuse professionals.

The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

(NASMHPD) organizes to reflect and advocate for the collective interests of State Mental Health Authorities and their directors at the national level

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

(NAATP), represents nearly 275 not-for-profit and for-profit providers, has acted as the voice of private alcoholism and drug dependency treatment programs throughout the U.S.

National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs

Representing State Provider Associations and Community-Based

Therapeutic Communities of America
TCA is a consortium of over 600 programs sites providing a range of integrated services which include primary and preventive care, outreach; education, assessment, referral and follow-up; detoxification and crisis management; residential treatment with aftercare support; outpatient services; family therapy; mental health services; vocational assistance and job placement; emergency, transitional and permanent housing with supportive services.


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Non-Governmental Educational Organizations

American Council for Drug Addiction

The American Council for Drug Education 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.

BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network

An international association of college and university-based peer education programs focusing on alcohol abuse prevention and related student health and safety issues.
1(303) 871-0901

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

A national network of 1,850 neighborhood-based facilities annually serving some 2.6 million children 6-18 years old, primarily from disadvantaged circumstances. Developed SMART Moves, a nationally acclaimed primary prevention program that teaches young people how to recognize and resist pressures that lead to drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity.
(800) 854-CLUB

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The nation's largest nongovernment initiative aimed at protecting children from tobacco addiction.
(202) 296-5469

Circles of Care TA

Indian Health Service to National Indian Child Welfare Assn.
Phone: 1(503) 2224-4044

College on Problems of Drug Dependence

The College on Problems of Drug Dependence serves as an interface among governmental, industrial, and academic communities maintaining liaisons with regulatory and research agencies, as well as educational, treatment, and prevention facilities in the drug abuse field. It also functions as a collaborating center of the World Health Organization.

Daily Dose of Drug and Alcohol News

Provide the information, support and tools that people require to help them overcome or reduce their substance use problem;

Drug Story
The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign (for ONDCP) has developed DrugStory.org to present the latest drug-related information to entertainment writers and feature journalists. DrugStory.org offers its audience of writers links to Web sites that offer detailed content on specific drugs and drug related issues.

Free Vibe
Teen oriented interactive information portal with cutting edge graphics, View video adds, download posters, post stories, get the low down on drug abuse. Developed by The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.

Go ask Alice
Questions Answered - Go Ask Alice! is the health question and answer Internet service produced by Alice!, Columbia University's Health Promotion Program a division of Health Services at Columbia. Drug and Alcohol are featured along with other relevant health info.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Provides technical assistance, conducts training workshops, and develops publications for campus alcohol and other drug prevention efforts. Works with colleges, universities, and proprietary schools throughout the country.
1(800) 676-1730

The Media Campaign
The Campaign targets youth ages 9-18-especially the vulnerable middle-school adolescents-their parents, and other adults who influence the choices young people make.To get the word out across every economic and cultural boundary, the Campaign uses a mix of modern communications techniques-from advertising and public relations to Interactive media

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia
Bringing together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat all types of substance abuse as they affect all aspects of society. Missions are to: inform Americans of the social and economic costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement; encourage every individual to take responsibility for combating substance abuse and addiction; provide those on the front lines with tools needed to succeed; and remove the stigma of addiction and replace shame and despair with hope.
(212) 841-5200

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.
Provides education, information, help, and hope in the fight against the chronic and often fatal diseases of alcoholism and other drug addictions. Has a nationwide network of affiliates; advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment; and is committed to ridding the disease of its stigma and its sufferers from their denial and shame.
1(800) NCA-CALL or 1(212) 206-6770

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
A public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the deadly problem of inhalant use. Seeks to reduce and prevent the misuse of common, everyday household and office products. Conducts training and workshops for varied audiences, including parents, teachers, students and health educators. Materials available in English and Spanish.
(800) 269-4237 or (512) 480-8953

Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE)
Promotes drug abuse prevention through education. Facilitates the organization of parent peer groups, parent-school teams, and community action groups to reduce adolescent drug abuse.
(800) 668-9277

Parents; The Anti-Drug
TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids.

Recovery Month
Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). CSAT, created in October 1992 by a Congressional mandate, provides national leadership in the Federal government's effort to improve the lives of individuals and their families affected by alcohol and drug abuse. CSAT works to improve access to clinically sound, cost-effective addiction treatment to reduce the health and social cost to our communities and the Nation.


›› Health     top

Health and Research Organizations

American Dental Association
The American Dental Association (ADA) representing more than 70 percent of dentists throughout the United States. The ADA is committed to helping its members better identify, understand, and accommodate the special health care needs of substance abusing patients, and to facilitate the journey of recovery for its member dentists and their respective office staff(s).
1(202) 898-2400

American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the oldest voluntary health organization in the United States, with a National Office and constituent and affiliate associations around the country. Provides referrals to local smoking cessation programs and a new Freedom From Smoking Program Online. Also conducts educational programs on smoking and its health hazards.
1(800) 586-4872

Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research
The Center for Interventions, Treatment, and Addictions Research in Dayton, OH, is the focal point for substance abuse-related services, academic research, and services research in the Wright State University School of Medicine. The Center’s work focuses on substance abuse issues in small and mid-sized cities and surrounding suburban and rural communities.

Center for Prevention Research at the University of Kentucky
The Center for Prevention Research at the University of Kentucky was established in October 1987 with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the first such Center funded by NIDA.

Center for Substance Abuse Research
The Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland provides a weekly fax service on drug abuse-related topics.

Center for the Neurobiological Investigation of Drug Abuse The purpose of The Center for the Neurobiological Investigation of Drug Abuse provides a research
environment that allows investigators with interest in substance abuse to work together on research projects utilizing a broad range of research expertise. The focus of this Center is an internationally recognized faculty with research, training, and expertise in the actions of drugs on the brain and the biological basis of addiction.

Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse

Drug Strategies, Inc.
A nonprofit research institute promoting more effective approaches to the nation's drug problems and supporting public and private initiatives that reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement, and community coalitions. Publications, including "Making the Grade: A Guide to School Drug Prevention Programs," available at the Web site or by phone request.
1 (202) 289-9070

Hazelden Information Center
Offers information and a series of publications dealing with alcohol and other drug dependency for teens, adults, older adults, physicians, and professionals, among others.
Recovery Services: (800) 257-7800

Society for Prevention Research
The Society for Prevention Research is concerned with problems pertaining to the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and associated social maladjustment, crime, and behavior disorders.

UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center
The Drug Abuse Research Center at UCLA is a diverse research organization that investigates psychosocial and epidemiological issues pertaining to drug use and conducts evaluations of interventions for drug dependence. The group’s portfolio of studies has provided findings that have improved understanding of the complex nature of drug use and dependence.

World Health organization UN
The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
WHO drug abuse page http://www.who.int/topics/narcotic_drugs/en/


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Foundations, Fraternal and Service Organizations


Connect for Kids (Benton Foundation)
An online information and action center for adults who want to make their communities work for children. Features information from the Coalition for America's Children. Links hundreds of organizations and individuals advocating for children across the country.

Ford Foundation
Funds Research and National and Community Grants. The Ford Foundation is an independent nonprofit grant-making organization. We make grants in all 50 U.S. states and in many countries around the world.

Gates Foundation
The Gates Foundation funds grant in many areas form Education to Health including grants in the area of substance abuse. Most grants through four primary program areas: Global Health, Education, Global Libraries, and Pacific Northwest. The Gates Foundation favors a preventative approach and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic, private sector, and not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to projects that leverage additional support and serve as catalysts for long-term, systemic change

RAND Drug Policy Institute
The goal of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center is to provide a firm, empirical foundation on which sound drug policies can be built.


Fraternal and Service Organizations

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Since its inception in 1983, the Elks Drug Awareness Program has worked to prevent drug use by our youth through education. The Elks recognize that they are not experts in the field of drug education.

National Masonic Foundation for Children
NMFC is a non-profit, charitable organization supported by Masonic Grand Lodges, allied Masonic organizations, and other caring and concerned individuals and organizations.