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Addiction Education Society
Provides public education, information and resources on issues relating to substance addiction and its impact on individual lives, families, and in the lives of our communities to advance the knowledge that Addiction is a Disease.
Addiction Policy Addiction A-Z
Whether you or someone you love has a substance use disorder, learning about the disease and what to expect can help you cope. From basic definitions, to in-depth information about substance use disorders – including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, treatment options, and recovery support strategies – you’ll find it here.
Attack Addiction
Through educating communities, assisting families in their quest for information and supporting those in recovery, Attack Addiction seeks to remove the stigma of addiction by effecting positive change in Delaware.
Facing Addiction – Help and Education
There are countless people, places, and services that stand ready to support you. Finding them is not always easy. Our map is designed to help. You’re one search away from finding the resources designed to aid you and your loved ones on the pathway to recovery.
Hope Not Handcuffs
Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN), aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol.
Institute for Behavior and Health
The mission of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. is to reduce the use of illegal drugs and improve prevention and treatment.
Moms Strong
Moms Strong is a national support group partnering to inform and educate those harmed by marijuana.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, NID
The latest science-based information about the health effects and consequences of drug use and addiction and resources for talking with kids about the impact of drug use on health.
Not One More
Our Mission is to raise awareness and prevent drug abuse in the community through education and community partnerships.
One Choice
One Choice — Prevention Initiative
Many teens are confronted with drugs at some point during their teenage years. Be it at school, at home or with friends, teens have One Choice to make: to use or not to use alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, or other drugs. This site provides information about why not using any drugs is the best choice for health.
Parents of Addicted Loved Ones — You Are Not Alone
Parents of Addicted Loved ones provides hope and support through addiction education for parents dealing with an addicted loved one.
PAARI—The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) provides support and resources to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
We provide support and guidance to families like yours struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use.
Pathway to Prevention
We make it easy for parents to obtain accurate, evidence-based information about teen drug and alcohol use and abuse.
Power to the Parent
Empowering you, giving you the hardcore facts, strategies and information, and helping you get through to your teens.

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Rec Legal Parenting
Parenting just got a lot harder with legal marijuana. This site is designed to help you quickly understand marijuana in the 21st century.
Recovery Research Institute
Recovery Research Institute presents evidence about addiction treatment and recovery.
Recovery Today
Whether you’re new to the idea of Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery or if you’ve been sober for years, Recovery Today will inspire you.
Safe Project
Stopping The Epidemic Together. Building a SAFE US for All … One Person, One Community, and One Campus at a Time.
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Teen Intervene
Maybe your son or daughter was caught smoking marijuana or drinking with other underage kids.  Maybe your child is beginning to experience problems at school or home as a result of alcohol or other drug use.  They aren’t addicted but some type of intervention is needed.  Here’s how to proceed.
The Fix
The latest news and stories about addiction and recovery.
The Sober World Magazine
The Sober World Magazine presents a wide range of resources located throughout the country for treatment and prevention suitable for yourself or a loved one.
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The Work of Byron Katie. A Simple Yet Powerful Practice.
As we do The Work, not only do we remain alert to our stressful thoughts—the ones that cause all the anger, sadness, and frustration in your world—but we question them, and through that questioning the thoughts lose their power over us. Great spiritual texts describe the what—what it means to be free. The Work is the how. It shows you exactly how to identify and question any thought that would keep you from that freedom.
Parent’s 20-Minute Guide
A guide for parents about how to help their children change their substance use.
Parent Toolkit
Breathe. You’re not alone. Many other parents and families have gone through, and are going through, what you’re facing now. We’re here to help.
Partnership for Drug Free Kids Parent Helpline
Trained and caring specialists are ready to listen, help you find answers and make an action plan to help your loved one. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE, Live Chat, Send an Email, Text a Message to 55753.
Power to the Parent Hidden in Plain Sight
Strengthen your detective skills as a parent.
Power to the Parent QUIZ
Quiz for parents to learn terminology of drugs, talking to your child about drugs and alcohol use, signs of addiction and other useful information.
Sonoran Prevention Works
Find naloxone in Arizona. Naloxone is an important tool in preventing overdose fatality and people who use opioids as well as friends and family members should have access to it.
Search the Arizona map to find out where naloxone might be available near you.
Tools for Self-Care
True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.
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Sandy Swenson – Dandelion Strong blog
We may often feel fragile, but we are strong. And we are many.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh
Helping Parents Find Peace.
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Katie Donovan
A Mother’s Addiction Journey.
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Maureen Cavanaugh — Magnolia Beginnings
A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction.
Breaking the Cycles with Lisa Frederiksen
Breaking The Cycles with Lisa Frederiksen simplifies breakthrough brain, addiction, secondhand drinking, mental health, toxic stress, ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and related research since 2008.
Center for Motivation and Change: Blog for Individuals and Families
We are a group of dedicated psychologists…clinicians and researchers, who have been writing books and articles, developing groundbreaking treatments, conducting research studies, training programs and community outreach efforts for years. Our goal? Better, more effective and more respectful treatment for people struggling with substance use, as well as their families.
Libby Cataldi: Thursday Meditations
I write to understand my life, my family, my world. I write about addiction, my Italian heritage, my relationship with my grandmother and mother. I write with the hope that you will find yourself in my stories.
Lisa Hillman
A Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child.
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Open Sky Blog with Victoria Stith
Are you ready to find peace of mind and freedom again? Stepping out of the madness of addiction is the most helpful thing you can do for your child.
Recovery of the Spirit – Each Day is a New Beginning
Marilea C. Rabasa, M.A. envisions a world where the shame and stigma of addiction is replaced by understanding that addiction is a brain disease, compassion for those affected by it, and appropriate government intervention in support and treatment of it.
Seeking Serenity
Three parents journey through their children’s addictions.
She Recovers
SHE RECOVERS® is an international movement of women (self-identified) in or seeking recovery from a wide variety of issues, including substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues, trauma, abuse, codependency, cancer, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism and other life challenges
Addicted to Addicts: Survival 101– Denise Krochta
Hear all the important, and sometimes difficult, questions related to living with and around addicts and loving them.
A Mother and Son’s Discussion on Addiction and Recovery
Emily Harman, host of Onward Podcast, interviews her son William Wilhelm.
William shares his difficult yet triumphant journey of moving onward from drug and alcohol addiction. Find out the successful methods William used to get clean, the dark dilemmas that an addictive lifestyle can produce, and valuable advice for parents coping with a child abusing substances. Learn the positive ways William’s life has changed since he entered recovery.

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Collateral Damage
A podcast hosted by Maureen Cavanagh and Michael Wilson to discuss the impact of addiction in our lives, our families, and within our communities nationwide.
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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Four-time New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and speaker, creator of the Four Tendencies framework, exploring happiness and good habits.

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Helping Families of Addicts Develop a Healing Story

What is the secondary trauma affect on a family member who is living with an active addict?  What does the family need to do to heal? What if the family chooses not to change after the addict gets sober?

Listen in as Dr. Mike Barnes, Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs shares his eye-opening research about the family surrounding the loved one with an addiction. How does the whole family move toward freeing themselves to heal?

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Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
Addiction Recovery and Support for Families
Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with therapists Julia Edelman and Sarah Schwalbach about the importance of addiction recovery support for families regardless of whether their loved one with addiction seeks treatment. They also discuss the recovery process, rebuilding trusting relationships, relapse prevention and helpful resources.
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Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
Family Roles When Addiction Takes Hold
With the best of intentions, families can fall into unhealthy roles when attempting to cope with a loved one’s alcohol or drug addiction. Enabling, denying, blaming and preoccupation are common coping behaviors. Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with therapists Sarah Schwalbach and Julia Edelman about how addiction affects the family system, what it means to “detach with love” and why helping a loved one who has addiction starts with getting help for yourself.
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Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
How Addiction Affects Your Body and Mind
People in active addiction to alcohol and drugs use despite the harmful physical effects. Marvin D. Seppala, MD, joins host William C. Moyers to discuss the disease of addiction and the role of dopamine in the brain and other high-risk factors.
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Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
Quality Standards in Addiction Treatment
Listen in as host William C. Moyers talks with addiction recovery expert Joseph Lee, MD, about what consumers need to know—and should expect—when considering treatment providers and programs.
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Let’s Talk podcast with host William Moyers
Shedding the Shame and Blame: A Mom’s Story of Love for Her Addicted Child and Her Healing Journey
Listen in as Sandy Swenson—author, advocate and mom of an addicted child—shares her story and lived experiences with host William C. Moyers. Sandy talks about how understanding the distinction between her son and the disease enabled her to love her child and help him fight the disease of addiction.
Mom to Mom: Facing the Holidays When Your Child Is Addicted—Sandy Swenson
Join us for this mom-to-mom webinar as we discuss how to take care of ourselves, enforce our boundaries and let go of perfection. We will talk about how to live in the now, keep an open mind and an open heart and practice gratitude. Together, we can face the challenges that come with the holiday season and learn to enjoy them again, one day at a time.
Mom to Mom: Getting Honest About Our Kids and Their Addiction
Please join me for an hour of understanding and support as we talk together about the disease of addiction, how it impacts us, why recovery is just as important for us, and how we can make each other stronger.
Mother’s Day: Together We Are Stronger with Sandra Swenson
Mother’s Day – Sending Hugs and Dandelion Wishes.
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My Child is an Addict: Parent-to-Parent

Parent to parent podcast about their child’s addiction.

Ruth Potee
Dr. Ruth Potee gives thoughtful, well researched talks on addiction, substance use, and the development of the teenage brain to audiences of parents, students, medical professionals, teachers, school counselors, emergency medical workers, courthouse staff, law enforcement, correctional officers, and the general public.
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Taking Back Your Life
Podcasting Hope, Support and Recovery; delivered with a motherly kick in the ass.
TedTalk—Addiction is a Disease. We Should Treat it Like One with Michael Botticelli
In a personal, thoughtful talk, Michael Botticelli encourages the millions of Americans in recovery today to make their voices heard and confront the stigma associated with substance use disorders.
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The Addict’s Mom presents: Chatting with Sandy Swenson
“When I read ‘The Joey Song’ I didn’t even get through the prelude and I thought ‘this woman has been looking in my windows’…..seriously, I was crying.” Join The Addict’s Mom’s very own Kim Palmer as she chats with TAM mom and author, Sandy Swenson about how she’s shed the shame, blame and guilt of loving a child with addiction and is helping to change the dynamics of the place where love and addiction meet. From writing ‘The Joey Song’ to ‘Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mother’s with Addicted Children’, to her newest project with Hazelden/Betty Ford—her website: MomPower. “A mom-driven site created out of recognition that a healthy mom can change the dynamics of the place where love and addiction meet.” YOUR LOVE IS NOT A FAILURE
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The Chasing Sanity Podcast
Listen in as Sandy Swenson — author of ‘The Joey Song: A Mothers Story of Her Son’s Addiction’, ‘Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children’ and the ‘Reading for Moms with Addicted Children’ app — chats with the host of ‘The Chasing Sanity Podcast’, Derek Talkington about her story, her advocacy work, loving a child struggling with addiction, and turning pain into power. Interview begins at minute 5:14.
Watch as Dr. Ruth Potee talks about The Teen Brain and Risk Taking
YouTube — Father Martin
Father Joseph C. Martin recovered alcoholic and renowned speaker/educator on the issues of alcoholism and drug addiction shares his wisdom of addiction and recovery in a series of motivational videos
Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers

With years of experience struggling with her daughter’s addiction and recovery, Beverly Conyers has been where you are. In Addict in the Family, Conyers draws on research, experience, and compelling personal stories from others to explain what families should know about substance abuse, interventions, relapse, and more.

Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffery Foote
The groundbreaking method that upends current treatment models and “offers collective hope to families of substance abusers” (Kirkus Reviews), helping loved ones conquer addiction and compulsion problems through positive reinforcement and kindness—from the leaders in progressive addiction treatment in the US.
Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and Dr John Townsend
In the New York Times bestseller, Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.
Clean by David Sheff

Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science — not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking.

Co-dependents Guide to the 12 Steps by Melody Beatie
The New York Times bestselling self-help book that offers advice on how to find and choose the recovery program for you, as well as a directory of the wide range of Twelve Step programs, including AA, Codependents Anonymous, Codependents of Sex Addicts, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and more.
Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-To-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals–(Hazelden Guidebook) by Carol Falkowski
Dangerous Drugs is an easy-to-use reference for parents and professionals. It includes the latest information on the newest drugs to hit your community-and who’s abusing them. Written for parents, teachers, counselors and other professionals; an up-to-the-minute, comprehensive guide covering all current drugs of abuse.
Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children by Charles Rubin

This is a self-help recovery guide for parents in the devastating situation of realizing that they are powerless to stop their children from self-destruction through drug and/or alcohol abuse. It is dedicated to letting parents know when it is time to start saving themselves from being dragged along to destruction as well, and to providing skills that prevent it.

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy
Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency” (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it.
Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts by Beverly Conyers
A compassionate, user-friendly handbook for family and friends navigating the many challenges that come with a loved one’s new-found sobriety.
Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers
The first general consumer book ever on the powerful, award-winning, scientifically proven new system of intervention that is turning the recovery field on its head.
From Monsters to Miracles: Parent Driven Recovery Tools by Anette Edens

Although it’s probably the most important job many people will have, most of us enter parenthood seriously unprepared. Regardless of how much we believe we know, we raise our children pretty much by what feels like instinct, doing what our parents did.

Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody by John Z
The words of this book’s title are said aloud every day by thousands of people meeting together to help each other recover from addictions. The addictions may be to alcohol or cocaine, gambling or food, violence or sex and love, but the path to recovery is the same. This is a book of plain-spoken wisdom for people with addictions and people who love them.
Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover by Peter R. Cohen

Helping Your Chemically Dependent Teenager Recover is written for the parent whose child has serious problems with alcohol or other drugs.

Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth About Addiction Treatment—and How to Get Help That Works by Anne M. Fletcher
An eye-opening tour of the addiction treatment industry explores the gap between what should happen and what does.

It Takes a Family by Debra Jay

Counselor and interventionist Debra Jay shows alcoholics, other addicts, and their loved ones how to work collaboratively and as individuals to take on the roles and responsibilities that support long-term sobriety.

It’s Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive by Robert Poznanovich and Andrew T. Wainwright

Today’s top addiction consultants guide families devastated by a loved one’s addiction.

Love First by Debra Jay
This revised and expanded edition of the most popular and effective book on intervention features enhanced tools and techniques to help loved ones face addiction.
Loving Lions: A Guide for Families Struggling With Addiction by Mike Wilson

Loving Lions provides readers with a glimpse into the darkness and confusion of addiction, both from the addict’s perspective and the family’s experience. The author provides a detailed description of his journey through active addiction, and the recovery process that led him back to his family, and to his future as the founder of Baystate Recovery Services.

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie
In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed, and over a ten-year period sank further into rage, despair, and thoughts of suicide. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now in Loving What Is you can discover the same freedom through The Work.
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel
Judith Grisel was a daily drug user and college dropout when she began to consider that her addiction might have a cure, one that she herself could perhaps discover by studying the brain. Now, after twenty-five years as a neuroscientist, she shares what she and other scientists have learned about addiction, enriched by captivating glimpses of her personal journey.
No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction by Debra Jay

No More Letting Go is a powerful, informative guide that provides comfort, hope, and practical advice to anyone affected by a family member’s addiction.

Not By Chance: How Parents Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment by Tim R. Thayne
Not by Chance engages readers through solid research, simple exercises, and captivating stories taken from Thayne’s own life and the living rooms of hundreds of American homes. This book serves up concrete tools, hope, confidence, and stamina for families, professionals and mentors.
Now What by William C. Moyers

Addiction and recovery insider and expert William Cope Moyers answers the question “Now What?” for addicts and their loved ones, every step of their journey from contemplation through intervention, treatment, and recovery.

Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity: Real Solutions for Long-term Recovery from Opiate Addiction by Joani Gammill

In Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity, recovering addict and prominent interventionist Joani Gammill offers a radically effective approach for those struggling with opiate addiction, sharing sometimes controversial tips that have worked for others who are in long-term recovery.

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Parent’s 20 Minute Guide by The Center for Motivation and Change

The Parent’s 20 Minute Guide helps parents change their child’s substance use. Developed by psychologists at the Center for Motivation and Change, the 20 Minute Guide pulls from Motivational Interviewing (MI), CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to give family members the best tools to help a loved one change their substance use while staying connected and using the power of science and kindness.

This guide will help you with such tools as: How to react when your child has been using substances and when he has NOT been using; How to co-parent and collaborate as effectively and smoothly as possible; Getting more of what you want to see from your child and less of what you don’t; How to talk to your child so that you are more likely to be heard; How to take care of yourself all along the way.

Recover to Live:  Kick Any Habit, Manage Any Addiction by Peter Lawford

In Recover to Live, more than 100 of the world’s top experts interviewed by Lawford share their research and wisdom on how to determine if your bad habit is becoming a dependency, what treatments will work best for you, how best to help yourself or a loved one recover from addiction, and how to lead a fulfilling and productive life in recovery.

Recovering My Kid by Dr. Joseph Lee

National expert Dr. Joseph Lee explains the nature of youth addiction and treatment, and how families can create a safe and supportive environment for their loved ones during treatment and throughout their recovery.

Recovery Options: The Complete Guide by Joseph Volpicelli M.D. Ph.D.

A clear and compassionate guide to overcoming substance problems.

Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children: Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents by Allison Bottke
A tough–love book to help readers cope with dysfunctional adult children, Setting Boundaries® with Your Adult Children will empower families by offering hope and healing through S.A.N.I.T.Y.—a six–step program to help parents regain control in their homes and in their lives.
Teens Under the Influence by Katherine Ketchum
Across the United States, in small towns and major cities, in suburbs and slums, in public and private schools, thousands of kids are experimenting with drugs. Many of them will become addicts; some will die. The first and only book to focus entirely on adolescent alcohol and other drug use, Teens Under the Influence addresses the immediate dangers that threaten these kids—exploring the short- and long-term effects of their addiction and giving parents solid, sensitive, practical advice to combat this growing epidemic.

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Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence by Alex Berenson

Recreational marijuana is now legal in nine states. Almost all Americans believe the drug should be legal for medical use. Advocates argue cannabis can help everyone from veterans to cancer sufferers. But legalization has been built on myths– that marijuana arrests fill prisons; that most doctors want to use cannabis as medicine; that it can somehow stem the opiate epidemic; that it is not just harmless but beneficial for mental health. In this meticulously reported book, Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter, explodes those myths.

The Four Seasons of Recovery for Parents of Alcoholics and Addicts by Michael Speakman
There is no other human relationship like that between a parent and a child. Even though parents have the most power and influence over their children, when addiction enters the picture, the situation mysteriously reverses. Now the child is in the driver’s seat. Why does this happen? How does this happen? And most important, what can be done about it? This book provides clear understanding of what you can do to best help your adult child and yourself. This book is about hope, realistic hope. The problem of addiction is pervasive and it is challenging, but with new information and insight, it can be faced and resolved.
The Steps We Took by Joe McQ
The words of this book’s title are said aloud every day by thousands of people meeting together to help each other recover from addictions. The addictions may be to alcohol or cocaine, gambling or food, violence or sex and love, but the path to recovery is the same. This is a book of plain-spoken wisdom for people with addictions and people who love them.
Under the Influence by Katherine Ketcham
Under The Influence examines the physical factors that set alcoholics and non-alcoholics apart, and suggests a bold, stigma-free way of understanding and treating the alcoholic.
Weed Inc. by Ben Cort
The truth about what happens when capitalism meets a mind-altering substance.
What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons Recovery to Benefit Everyone by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
New York Times bestselling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford revisits addiction in his latest book, What Addicts Know, this time framing the discussion in an entirely new way—the lessons addiction and recovery offer to those of us who haven’t battled addiction.
Why Don’t They Just Quit by Joe Herzanek
This book offers a message of hope to families and friends, giving practical solutions so they can help anyone struggling with addiction to begin the road to recovery.
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The Joey Song: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction. From the Place Where Love and Addiction Meet. by Sandra Swenson
Through Family Programs, Al-Anon, reading, and learning from her mistakes, Sandy discovers that sometimes love means doing nothing, and that Letting Go is not the same thing as giving up. She also learns that she needs to work on surviving her son’s addiction while coming to terms with the fact that he may not.
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If You Love Me: A Mother’s Journey Through Her Daughter’s Opioid Addiction by Maureen Cavanagh
Maureen Cavanagh’s gripping memoir If You Love Me is the story of a mother who suddenly finds herself on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic as her daughter battles–and ultimately reckons with–substance use disorder.
A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy
Patrick J. Kennedy, the former congressman and youngest child of Senator Ted Kennedy, details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental health care’s history in the country alongside his and every family’s private struggles.

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Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyer

In Addict in the Family, Conyers draws on research, experience, and compelling personal stories from others to explain what families should know about substance abuse, interventions, relapse, and more. Although families can’t cure a loved one’s addiction, they can provide support without enabling, set boundaries, prioritize self-care, and find healing through therapy, spirituality, Al Anon or Nar Anon, and countless other resources that show no one is alone on this journey.

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A Mother’s Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore by Maggie C. Romero

A Mother’s Story is a searing and intimate portrait of addiction and how it has been passed down in Maggie Romero’s family from generation to generation.

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A Very Fine House: A Mother’s Story of A Mother’s Story of Love, Faith, and Crystal Meth by Barbara Cofer Stoefen
A Very Fine House is an intimate memoir of a Christian mother’s Norman Rockwell family turned upside down by her daughter’s descent into meth addiction and crime.
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Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is a memoir by David Sheff that describes how his family dealt with his son Nic’s methamphetamine addiction.
Broken by William C. Moyers
Candid, shocking, and unforgettable, Broken is a haunting and clear-eyed tale that offers hope for all those wrestling with addiction.
From Dope to Hope: A Man in Recovery by Tim Ryan
As the founder of A Man in Recovery Foundation and motivational speaker, Tim Ryan’s mission is to help one addict at a time transform their lives from dope to hope. This story chronicles Tim’s grueling journey into addiction, loss, and recovery. Sit with Tim in his prison cell. Walk with him as loved ones are torn from his reach. Rejoice with him as lives are miraculously recovered.

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Jagged Little Lies by Lorelie Rozzano

Susan’s life was beyond broken, it was over. There was nothing left but a hollowed out empty spot she used to call her family. Dick, her husband, left and her beloved son Declan was in jail. All she’d ever wanted was to have a happy family. What happened? Where did she go wrong?

Moments of Clarity: Voices from the Front Lines of Addiction and Recovery by Christopher Kennedy Lawford
Moments of Clarity includes stories from men and women, young and old, across all barriers of celebrity, color, and class. Represented in these pages are the singer and the actress, the writer and the anchorman, the man from the movie screen and the woman who lives down the street. This book brings together a myriad of different moments, all with the common understanding of where these men and women have been and where they must go. As they bravely share their stories, they shed light not only on their own experiences but also on the journey we all take as human beings who are trying to make sense of our world.
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Off the Rails: One Families Journey Through Teen Addiction by Susan Burrowes

In this award-winning memoir, you’ll meet Hannah, a young girl who has a promising future until she suddenly spirals into sex, drugs, alcohol, and other high-risk behaviors. Off the Rails: One Family’s Journey Through Teen Addiction narrates Hannah’s decline and subsequent treatment through the raw, honest, compelling voices of Hannah and her shocked and desperate mother―each one telling her side of the story.

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Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home by D’Anne Burwell
SAVING JAKE gives voice to the devastation shared by the families of addicts, and provides vital hope. Above all, it is a powerful personal story of love and redemption.

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Secret No More: A True Story of Hope for Parents with an Addicted Child by Lisa Hillman

A story of discovery, shame, denial, and finally acceptance, Secret No More tells the story of one mother’s ultimate struggle with her son’s addiction and how it taught her a new way to love.

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Stay Close: A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction by Libby Cataldi
Stay Close is one mother’s tough, honest, and intimate tale that chronicles her son’s severe drug addiction, as it corroded all relationships from the inside out. It is a story of deep trauma and deep despair, but also of deep hope―and healing.
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The Lost Years: Surviving a Mother and Daughter’s Worst Nightmare by Kristina Wandzilak
A child caught in the horror of alcohol and drug addiction. A mother helplessly standing by unable to save her. The Lost Years is the real life story of just such a mother and child, each giving their first-hand accounts of the years lost to addiction and despair.

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The Only Life I Could Save by Katherine Ketcham

In The Only Life I Could Save, Katherine Ketcham brings you hard-earned wisdom about the impact of addiction on families, the relationship between spirituality and recovery, and what she deems the most important lessons of faith, hope, acceptance, and forgiveness.

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Learning · Personal Stories · Moving Forward
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Tending Dandelions: Honest Meditations for Mothers with Addicted Children by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
Mothers of addicted and alcoholic children share a deep connection—one that is rarely understood by anyone who hasn’t experienced a similar path. Sharing our perspectives helps us all grow stronger, together.
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Readings for Moms Of Addicts (App) by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
This app contains 146 new readings that are different from, yet complementary to, the readings in the book Tending Dandelions published by Hazelden Publishing. This convenient and searchable app format provides the perfect tool for use in support groups–such as Al-Anon, Nar-Anon Family Groups, or Families Anonymous–or at any time you need connection and motivation.
FEATURED
Readings for Moms Of Addicts (App) by Sandra Swenson [Hazelden]
This app contains 146 new readings that are different from, yet complementary to, the readings in the book Tending Dandelions published by Hazelden Publishing. This convenient and searchable app format provides the perfect tool for use in support groups–such as Al-Anon, Nar-Anon Family Groups, or Families Anonymous–or at any time you need connection and motivation.
101 Essays That Will Change the Way You Think by Brianna Weist
Over the past few years, Brianna Wiest has gained renown for her deeply moving, philosophical writing. This new compilation of her published work features pieces on why you should pursue purpose over passion, embrace negative thinking, see the wisdom in daily routine, and become aware of the cognitive biases that are creating the way you see your life. Some of these pieces have never been seen; others have been read by millions of people around the world. Regardless, each will leave you thinking: this idea changed my life.
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Natalie and Emily Nagoski
This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.
Codependent No More: How To Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melodie Beattie
The healing touchstone of millions, this modern classic by one of America’s best-loved and most inspirational authors holds the key to understanding codependency and to unlocking its stultifying hold on your life.
Courage to Change: One Day at a Time by Al Anon Family Groups
The daily meditations, reminders, and prayers from Courage to Change help families encourage their recovering alcoholic loved ones and point to Al-Anon’s impact as a vital part of recovery.
It’s Okay Not to be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time by Sheila Walsh
We’ve all experienced that moment where we wish we could start all over again. Failed marriages, lost friends, addictions, lost jobs. This is not the life we imagined. Yesterday can sometimes leave us stuck, sad, shamed, scared, and searching. Sheila Walsh encourages readers to face the pain head on and then start again, from right where they are.
Today a Better Way by Families Anonymous
A daily reading for Families Anonymous.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Gretchen Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation.
The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
Concentrating on self-esteem and acceptance, this book offers meditations for men and women recovering from codependency and aids them in their attempt to gain control of their lives.
The Truth About Everything by Brianna Weiss
Life is an uncertain morphing of the beautiful and devastating, the reckless and ordained, the inconsequential and cataclysmal. In this first compilation of her work, Brianna Wiest writes about her own experiences uncovering the life’s greatest truths. The selected pieces are ones you’ll turn to when you are in need of answers, comfort or a little tough love.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
Drawn from traditional Buddhist wisdom, Pema Chödrön’s radical and compassionate advice for what to do when things fall apart in our lives goes against the grain of our usual habits and expectations. There is only one approach to suffering that is of lasting benefit, Pema teaches, and that approach involves moving toward painful situations with friendliness and curiosity, relaxing into the essential groundlessness of our entire situation. It is there, in the midst of chaos, that we can discover the truth and love that are indestructible.
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ASK-Can Love Survive Addiction and Co-dependency?
ASK is an exploration of alcoholism, drug addiction, and codependency. The documentary explains these topics in a way not seen before. At 1 hour, 20 minutes, ASK explores real issues through real people’s stories, and provides clear cut hope and direction.
Addiction: HBO
Assembled by some of the nation’s top documentary filmmakers, and consisting of nine segments that focus on case studies and cutting-edge treatments that challenge traditional beliefs about addiction, this film features insights from experts on trends and treatments in the ongoing battle against drug and alcohol abuse.
Collision Course
Pathway to Prevention commissioned the creation of Collision Course – Teen Addiction Epidemic to educate teens and parents about the prevalence and risks of adolescent substance use and abuse. The documentary tells honest and compelling stories, which can encourage parents and teens to talk about the very real risks of casual drug or alcohol use and make informed choices and wise decisions.
Generation Found
Generation Found is a powerful story about one community coming together to ignite a youth addiction recovery revolution in their hometown. Devastated by an epidemic of addiction, Houston faced the reality of burying and locking up its young people at an alarming rate. And so in one of the largest cities in America, visionary counselors, law school dropouts, aspiring rock musicians, retired football players, oil industry executives, and church leaders came together to build the world’s largest peer-driven youth and family recovery community.
The Anonymous People
THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
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Above the Influence
Join the movement empowering young people to recognize and face the influences around us, including the pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol.

HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

Addiction Center

The impact of substance abuse in college.

GUIDANCE
Addiction Resource Center
Treatment and recovery support near you.
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Alcoholics Anonymous
An international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. Their stated purpose is to enable “members to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety”.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
Association of Recovery Schools
Adolescent Substance Misuse Trends Shown by a Recent Nationwide Study.
GRIEF SUPPORT
Camp Erin (a part of the Eluna network)
Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
College Drinking
Harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives of students on campuses across the United States.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
College Drinking – Changing The Culture
This is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
College Parents Matter – Have The Conversation
Tools and scripts to improve communication with your college student.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
CollegeStats.org
Understanding Drug and Alcohol Addiction on College Campuses
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
Drug and Alcohol Abuse in College-Age & Young Adults
Features the most recent Monitoring the Future national survey results on substance use in this age group, including patterns of marijuana and alcohol use, nicotine use, and non-medical use of prescription drugs.
GRIEF SUPPORT
Eluna
The mission of Eluna is to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Our innovative resources and programs address the critical needs of children experiencing powerful, overwhelming and often confusing emotions associated with the death of someone close to them or substance abuse in their family. No child should have to face these struggles alone, and our unique programs bring kids together to ease their pain and provide the tools to help restore hope.
GUIDANCE
Hope Not Handcuffs
Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started by Families Against Narcotics (FAN), aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and alcohol.

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LifeRing

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs.

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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a nonprofit fellowship of people in recovery from drug addiction.

GUIDANCE
PAARI—The Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative
The Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) provides support and resources to help law enforcement agencies nationwide create non-arrest pathways to treatment and recovery.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
Prevalence of Adolescent Substance Misuse
Adolescent Substance Misuse Trends Shown by a Recent Nationwide Study.

HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

ProjectKnow – Understanding Addiction

High School Student Substance Abuse in the United States and Europe.

GUIDANCE
SAMHSA – Medication Assisted Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs), combines behavioral therapy and medications to treat substance use disorders.

HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

SAMHSA – Parent Resources

Check out these resources to help you start—and keep up—the conversation about the dangers of drinking alcohol and using other drugs at a young age.

GUIDANCE

SAMHSA – Treatment Locator

Find alcohol, drug, or mental health treatment facilities around the country, confidentially and anonymously.

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She Recovers

SHE RECOVERS® is an international movement of women (self-identified) in or seeking recovery from a wide variety of issues, including substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues, trauma, abuse, codependency, cancer, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism and other life challenges.

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SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.

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Teen Lifeline

Teen Lifeline began in 1986 as a Peer Counseling Suicide Hotline for youth in Arizona, but since then we’ve grown into so much more! Our programs include life skills development, community education and prevention services.

HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS
The Checkup: Meltdown U. And Mental Health Tips For Parents Of College Kids
Explores the mental health of college students.

HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE STUDENTS

ULifeline – Your Online Resource for College Mental Health

Your online resource for college mental health.

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Workit Health

Start addiction treatment in seconds with board-certified doctors, therapists, and coaches over live chat and video.