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Self-Help Groups and Treatment Information

Alcoholics Anonymous
P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163
Check your phone book for local listings. 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
1600 Corporate Landing Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Al-Anon is a fellowship for relatives and friends of individuals with an alcohol problem. Mutual support groups meet worldwide. Program adapted from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Alateen is a program primarily for teenagers that may include (depending on the local group's decision) pre-teens.

American Lung Association
1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
(800) 586-4872
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.

American Self-Help Group Clearinghouse
(973) 625-3037
(201) 625-9053 (TDD)
Callers can get assistance in finding or forming a mutual aid support group for any type of illness, disability, addiction, loss of a loved one, parenting problem, abuse situation, or other stressful life problem. Visitors to the Web site can access a national and international database of self-help groups as well as a listing of local self-help clearinghouses.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referrals
Provides advice and referrals to individuals about drug and alcohol treatment services, including local referrals to programs in the caller's area. Run by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Operates 24 hours daily.

Narcotics Anonymous
P.O. Box 9999, Van Nuys, CA 91409
(818) 773-9999
A 12-Step recovery program for drug addicts in which members learn from one another how to live drug-free. Information on local meetings available. Local helpline numbers can also be found on the Web site.

Rational Recovery Self-Help Network
Box 8100, Lotus, CA 95651
(530) 621-4374 or (530) 621-2667
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.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS)
The Center for Inquiry-West, 5521 Grosvenor Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066
(310) 821-8430
A non-spiritually based recovery fellowship.

S.M.A.R.T. Recovery
7537 Mentor Avenue, Suite #306, Mentor, Ohio 44060
(440) 951-5357
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.

Women For Sobriety
P.O. Box 618, Quakertown, PA 18951-0618
(800) 333-1606
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.


African American Family Services (AAFS)
Formerly The Institute on Black Chemical Abuse

2616 Nicollet Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 871-7878
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. Also consults nationwide on program design. Offers written materials and a free newsletter pertaining to alcoholism and other drug abuse among blacks. Maintains Resource Center.

Girls and Boys Town National Hotline
formerly Boys Town National Hotline
(800) 448-3000
(800) 448-1833
Kids and parents may call this hotline and speak directly to a counselor about issues related to substance abuse, violence, depression, or any other family problems. Counselors can make local referrals for services. Spanish-speaking counselors available. Operates 24 hours daily.

Children of Alcoholics Foundation Inc.
164 W. 74th Street, New York, NY 10023
(212) 757-2100 x6370
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.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
901 North Pitt Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 54-CADCA
Formed in 1992 by the President's Drug Advisory Council in response to the dramatic growth in the number of substance abuse prevention coalitions and their need to share ideas, problems, and solutions. Works with community-based coalitions and represents their interests at the national level to address the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs and violence.

Drug Strategies, Inc.
1575 Eye Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 2005
(202) 289-9070
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.

Hazelden Information Center
Recovery Services: (800) 257-7800; Publications: (800) 328-9000
Offers information and a series of publications dealing with alcohol and other drug dependency for teens, adults, older adults, physicians, and professionals, among others.

Join Together
441 Stuart Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 437-1500
Brings together people, ideas, and technology to help community leaders across disciplines and institutions -- including police, clergy, business, schools, health care, recreation, and media -- to develop strategies to address alcohol, drug problems, and gun violence that plague communities. Maintains award-winning Web site offering news summaries of alcohol and other drug (including tobacco) stories in the media; policy alerts; and an accessible database of 70,000 individuals and organizations concerned about substance abuse.

The Addiction Helpline from
The Addiction Helpline offers comprehensive treatment for those tired of living a life centered on drugs or alcohol who are ready to get their lives back together.

Connect for Kids
formerly Kids Campaign
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. Sponsored by the Benton Foundation.

Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco
1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 409, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 371-1186
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.

McGovern Family Foundation
P.O. Box 33393, Washington, DC 20033
(202) 463-8750
Honors the memory of Teresa Jane McGovern by helping to underwrite research into alcoholism and to assist in fundraising for treatment and recovery, with a special emphasis on women's issues and relapse prevention. Also seeks to advance the public's knowledge, understanding, concern, and involvement related to the issues of alcoholism.

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse, Inc.
340 East Second Street, Suite 409, Los Angelos, CA 90012
(213) 625-5795
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.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics
11426 Rockville Pike, #100, Rockville, MD 20852
A national membership organization working on behalf of children of alcoholics and other drug-dependent parents. Works to identify and address the needs of at-risk children and families and raise public awareness about the problems faced by families living with addiction, especially those of the 1 in 4 COAs under age 18. Produces videos, books, booklets, and other resources.

National Black Alcoholism & Addictions Council, Inc.
1101 14th Street, NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20005-5601
(202) 296-2696
An organization through which Blacks concerned with alcoholism or involved in the field can exchange ideas, offer services, and coordinate and facilitate alcoholism programs that operate in the interest of Black Americans.

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
633 Third Avenue, Floor 19, New York, NY 10017-6706
(212) 841-5200
The only national organization that brings 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 combatting 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.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847
(800) 729-6686
Operated by the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. A comprehensive resource for the most current information about substance abuse. Provides an extensive body of free information and materials, including videos, posters, curricula, and research, for the general public on all types of alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Offers materials from CSAP, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, and more.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
12 West 21st Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10010
(800) NCA-CALL
(212) 206-6770
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.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 409, Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 443-1124
Makes an extensive list of educational materials on alcohol and its abuse available free to the public, including "Most Frequently Asked Questions" and the periodical Alcohol Alert, which provides the latest research information. Publications available from the National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information (see above).

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9651
Conducts and supports biomedical and behavioral research, health services research, research training, and health information dissemination about the prevention and treatment of drug abuse. Publications available from the National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information (see above).

Office on Smoking and Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1660 Clifford Rd., Atlanta, GA 30333
(800) 311-3435
Offers the latest educational publications, at no charge, on tobacco, smoking, and health issues, including fact sheets, posters, technical materials, and Surgeon General's reports.

Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free American Workplace
U.S. Department of Labor
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-2312
(202) 219-5000, x5916 or x5917
Provides information to employers about workplace substance abuse problems and solutions.


BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network
P.O. Box 100430, Denver, CO 80250
(303) 871-0901
An international association of college and university-based peer education programs focusing on alcohol abuse prevention and related student health and safety issues.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America
1230 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309
(800) 854-CLUB
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.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
1707 L Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-5469
The nation's largest nongovernment initiative aimed at protecting children from tobacco addiction. A resource and partner for over 125 health, civic, corporate, youth, and religious groups dedicated to reducing tobacco use among America's children. Works to raise awareness that tobacco use is a pediatric disease; change public policies to limit the marketing and sales of tobacco to children; alter the environment in which tobacco use and policy decisions are made; and counter the tobacco industry and its special interests.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
5600 Fishers Lane, Rockwall II Building, 9th Floor, Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-8956
Federal organization that supports and promotes the continued development of community, state, national, and international comprehensive prevention systems. Strives to connect people and resources with effective and innovative ideas, strategies, and programs aimed at reducing and eliminating alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems in our society. CSAP's prevention programs and models, tailored to specific cultures and locales, capitalize on broad-based community involvement and enhanced public and professional awareness of prevention. Runs a Workplace Helpline, (800) WORKPLACE, a toll-free consulting service for business, labor, and community alcohol and drug abuse prevention organizations seeking help in developing policies on substance abuse in the workplace. Operates Mon. Fri., 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., EST.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention
Education Development Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158-1060
(800) 676-1730
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 to develop strategies for changing campus culture, foster environments that promote healthy lifestyles, and prevent illegal alcohol and other drug use among students. Established by the U.S. Department of Education.

National Family Partnership
formerly National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth

2490 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145-3449
(305) 856-4173
(800) 705-8997
A national parent network organized to combat drug and alcohol use and abuse by adolescents.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition
1201 West Sixth Street, Suite C-200, Austin, TX 78703
(800) 269-4237/(512) 480-8953
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.

Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE)
4684 S. Evergreen, Newaygo, MI 49337
(800) 668-9277
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.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America
405 Lexington Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10174
(212) 922-1560
Produces anti-drug public service announcements using volunteers from the advertising, public relations, research, production, and media industries. Employers can obtain prevention-oriented ads, posters, tapes, and other materials designed to educate employees about the cost of workplace substance abuse.


The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation
formerly the Drug Policy Foundation (
4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite B-500, Washington, DC 20008
(202) 537-5005
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.

Harm Reduction Coalition
3223 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 444-6969
22 West 27th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10001
(212) 213-6376
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.

Legal Action Center
153 Waverly Place, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10014
New York: (212) 243-1313
Outside New York: 1-800-223-4044
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. Also has an office in Washington, DC. 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.

National Alliance of Methadone Advocates
435 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10010
(212) 595-NAMA
Advocates for quality methadone maintenance for the treatment of heroin addicts. Works to correct the misconceptions about methadone maintenance treatment and overcome the prejudice directed against methadone patients. Strives to educate communities and policy makers about the benefits of methadone treatment and responds to negative and sensationalized media coverage. Supports the growth of local advocacy groups, advocates for treatment on demand, and provides a platform whereby methadone patients can express their concerns about their quality of life.

Information for Health Professionals

American Society of Addiction Medicine
4601 North Park Avenue, Upper Arcade, Suite 101, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 656-3920
Publications: 1-800-844-8948
An international association of 3,300 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 about these issues.

Center of Alcohol Studies
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, 607 Allison Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8001
A resource for anyone seeking to learn more about treating and preventing alcohol abuse. Educates professionals and policy makers and offers certificate courses. Its library, one of the world's largest collections of alcohol research and clinical and professional literature, is open to the general public.

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