Substance Use Online Resources

You are Not Alone, Help is Possible

YOUTH FRIENDLY SUBSTANCE USE ONLINE RESOURCES

  • Be Smart, Be Well: This website delivers life-story videos, expert interviews, and in-depth articles on a variety of health topics, including Addiction and Drug Safety. http://besmartbewell.com/addiction/
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre: Resources are available on this website for youth and teens about substance use, including in-depth information on various substances and concurrent disorders, as well as steps to seek help. http://keltymentalhealth.ca/substance-use
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: This website works to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens. http://www.drugfree.org/
  • The Cool Spot: This website is a young teen’s place for information on alcohol and helpful tips on recognizing peer pressure and how to resist it. http://www.thecoolspot.gov/
  • Truth Campaign: This campaign provides information and uses videos and social media to engage youth in taking action against tobacco and tobacco companies. http://www.thetruth.com/
  • Your Room: This website offers information about alcohol and a wide range of drugs, their effects, withdrawal, and how to get help for yourself or for anyone else who needs it. http://yourroom.com.au/

SUBSTANCE USE RESOURCE INSTITUTES

  • National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence: This informational website provides support to those who need assistance confronting the diseases of alcoholism and drug dependence. https://ncadd.org

  • National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and wellbeing. They provide resources directed toward young people to evaluate your drinking and tools to stay in control. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/
  • NIDA for Teens: NIDA provides a wealth of knowledge and resources including easy-to-read guides about various drugs. Their website for adolescents includes videos, blog posts, and drug facts. http://teens.drugabuse.gov/
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations: SAMHSA works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities, including through a series of workbooks for teens and substance use. http://store.samhsa.gov/list/series?name=Tips-for-Teens

TREATMENT SERVICE LOCATORS

SUPPORT GROUPS

  • Al-Anon Family for Teens: A group for problem drinkers who can find understanding and support through group meetings, podcasts, and other resources. http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/for-alateen
  • Alcohol Anonymous: The AA website can help young people find AA meetings near them and has brochures directed at young people. http://www.aa.org/pages/en_US
  • Narcotics Anonymous: The NA website can help young people find NA meetings near them and has resources including brochures for young addicts. http://www.na.org/
  • National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center: Visit www.addictioncareoptions.com/ or call 800-784-6776 to find the leading drug addiction treatment and alcohol rehabs.
  • · Smart Recovery: SMART Recovery is a leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. The website provides resources for teens and youth support programs, meeting locations, and an online community. http://www.smartrecovery.org/teens/

HELPLINES

YOUTH FRIENDLY MENTAL HEALTH ONLINE RESOURCES

  • Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health: These websites provides a series of guides on emotional health, including on test anxiety, depression, bullying, and eating disorders. www.youngwomenshealth.org and www.youngmenshealthsite.org
  • · Go Ask Alice!: Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu
  • Girls Health.Gov: The "Your Feelings" section of this website offers guidance to teenage girls on recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents. http://girlshealth.gov/feelings/index.html
  • Jed Foundation: Promoting emotional health and prevent suicide among college students, this website provides an online resource center, ULifeline, a public dialogue forum, Half of Us, and Transition Year, resources and tools to help students transition to college. http://www.jedfoundation.org/students
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Center: Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders. http://keltymentalhealth.ca/youth-and-young-adults
  • Reach Out: This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax. http://au.reachout.com/
  • Teens Health: Providing a safe place for teens who need honest and accurate information, this website provides resources on mental health issues. http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/
  • Teen Mental Health: Geared towards teenagers, this website provides learning tools on a variety of mental illnesses, videos, and resources for friends. http://teenmentalhealth.org/

APPS AND TECH SERVICES

  • Beacon 2.0: Beacon is a portal to online applications (websites, mobile applications and internet support groups) for mental disorders reviewed and rated by health experts. https://beacon.anu.edu.au/
  • Health Talk: This website reflects the lived experience of mental health conditions, including research-based modules with hours of recording and analysis. www.healthtalk.org/peoples-experiences/mental-health
  • Mindfulness for Teens: This website has resources to help teens use mindfulness to handle stress and includes apps to practice meditation and guided mediation recordings. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/
  • Mood 247: A text messaging system that provides an easy way to record how you’re feeling and tracks your daily moods to share with friends, family, or a health professional. https://www.mood247.com/
  • Strength of Us: An online community designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve goals through peer support and resource sharing. http://strengthofus.org/

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES INSTITUTES

MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATION GUIDES

  • Head Meds: This website gives young people focused information about the most common medicines prescribed for mental health conditions. http://www.headmeds.org.uk/
  • Making Healthy Choices: This guide provides information for youth in foster care related to making decisions about their mental health, treatment options, and the use of psychotropic medications. www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/makinghealthychoices/

HELPLINES

ADVOCACY

  • Active Minds: The leading nonprofit that empowers college students to speak openly about mental health, Active Minds aims to educate others and encourage help-seeking. http://activeminds.org/
  • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network: GLSEN is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. This website provides resources on finding GSA Chapters, and tools on how to establish or re-establish a GSA. http://www.glsen.org/
  • StopBullying.Gov: This website offers resources specifically for teens to prevent bullying in their schools and communities and provides resources for those being bullied. http://www.stopbullying.gov/
  • Teens Against Bullying: Created by and for teens, this website is a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, take action, be heard, and own an important social cause. http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/
  • Time to Change: As England’s biggest program to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination, this advocacy website provides ways to join the campaign and get others involved. www.time-to-change.org.uk/\
  • Youth Resource: Created by and for LGBTQ young people, this website provides information and resources on self-harm and suicide, personal stories and accounts, and useful hotlines. www.youthresource.com/

SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT GUIDES (SAMHSA)

  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families: This guide describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. It explains how treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by substance abuse. http://1.usa.gov/1O45dPP
  • Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction: Exploring the role of family therapy, this guide explains how family therapy sessions are run, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery. http://1.usa.gov/1QvhqPT
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends: This guide describes prescribed opioid medications, their proper use and side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and how medications fit with counseling in the recovery process. http://1.usa.gov/1kpu4E9
  • What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families: Created for families, this guide answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. http://1.usa.gov/1iUDRAg

Free Guides for Families (SAMHSA)

What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families

Created for family members of people with alcohol abuse or drug abuse problems. Answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery. Addresses concerns of children of parents with substance use/abuse problems.

Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families

Describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. Explains how substance abuse treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by alcohol abuse and drug abuse.

It's Not Your Fault (NACoA) (PDF | 12 KB)

Assures teens with parents who abuse alcohol or drugs that, "It's not your fault!" and that they are not alone. Encourages teens to seek emotional support from other adults, school counselors, and youth support groups such as Alateen, and provides a resource list.

It Feels So Bad: It Doesn't Have To

Provides information about alcohol and drug addiction to children whose parents or friends' parents might have substance abuse problems. Advises kids to take care of themselves by communicating about the problem and joining support groups such as Alateen.

After an Attempt: A Guide for Taking Care of Your Family Member After Treatment in the Emergency Department

Aids family members in coping with the aftermath of a relative's suicide attempt. Describes the emergency department treatment process, lists questions to ask about follow-up treatment, and describes how to reduce risk and ensure safety at home.

Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction

Explores the role of family therapy in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse. Explains how family therapy sessions are run and who conducts them, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.

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