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Safety First is a website to promote information on reality-based approaches to drug education. This site provides honest information to students, parents, and educators. Rather than the zero tolerance approach, which often expels kids from school without any type of intervention or assistance, this website provides honest, interactive drug education to our youth. Resources include many free downloads of reality-based approaches , a Q&A section that provides helpful information about how to get these programs started in schools and communities, downloadable drug fact sheets, tips on researching treatment options, and a parent section that offers a five-step approach to help teens become informed about drug issues. (Make sure you use the number 1 when typing Safety1st.org, rather than using the word “first”). +Connie+

Big Book Bunch content revolves around the twelve-step approach to addictions recovery. They give detailed descriptions and discussions for each step, as well as very detailed articles regarding feelings and thoughts related to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. Some of the feelings and thoughts to which they have dedicated articles to are anger, adjustments, grief, forgiveness, and selfishness. This website is not officially affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous, although they use the A.A. book extensively as a source for articles and discussion. I like the depth that the authors are willing to go into when explaining each step, often citing dictionary references and willing to explain the reasoning behind each one. If you have not formed an opinion about this approach, this site can help you learn about its principles and belief system in a shorter time than reading the actual Alcoholics Anonymous book. +Brian+

Stanton Peele Addiction website was developed by the author Stanton Peele of The Truth About Addiction and Recovery. It is basically a website promoting his book which is against the traditional approaches of addiction. It focuses on how addiction is not a disease and how to overcome and be “cured” of addiction. It I very similar the more commonly known book on holistic recovery by Chris Prentiss, the Alcohol and Addiction Cure. This book would be beneficial to both clients and mental health professionals that are not sold on the disease model approach. +Dyan+

IRETA (The Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions) offers a wealth of information on substance abuse, dependence and treatment. The site offers an online distance learning component that allows the user the opportunity to participate in a variety of training seminars, and be tested on the information upon completion. The site also provides free downloadable educational materials, as well as hard-copy materials available at a low cost. These same low cost materials are available for free online viewing. IRETA is also a good resource for live webinars, and conferences on the latest research in chemical dependency treatment. {Marie}

Addiction Intervention Resources (AIR), the official addiction website, is a national organization of professional intervention specialists and counselors trained to help individuals and families in addiction-related crises. This website offers a comprehensive overview of AIR’s services that include mentoring programs; consulting with families, in the workplace, and in schools; working with employers to promote a drug-free workplace; treatment-related transportation services; and K–12 prevention programs. There is also a great link to resources in the field of addiction intervention and treatment. "Nancy"

Alcoholism Treatment is designed to help themselves or someone they love who may be an alcoholic and seeking advice or treatment. The website included resources and books for clients seeking help. It also provides a phone number for a client seeking a free assessment. *Carrie*

Sober Houses is a great resource for locating drug and alcohol treatment centers as well as halfway houses, eating disorder clinics and recovery related products. This site is suitable for adults and adolescents with addiction problems. It includes an e-mail list for support, additional links, research, and addiction issues in the media. *Jessie*

The Addiction Recovery Guide includes conventional and unconventional treatment options for addiction, including outdoor therapy and residential treatment facility locators. It encourages holistic approaches and web links for programs for youths and adults. This site is very interesting and has something for anyone looking to improve his or her mental, physical, or spiritual health. *Jessie*

The National Council on Problem Gambling's mission is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research programs for prevention and education. This site also features a twenty-four-hour confidential hotline and provides information on how to conduct a search when seeking a nationally certified gambling counselor. Feature links are Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon, which is a self-help organization for the spouse, family, and close friends of compulsive gamblers.

This site would serve an as a valuable resource. In my professional experience, I have only known of one nationally certified gambling counselor/therapist practicing in this area. There are hundreds of sites that provide information on how to gamble on line; few provide assistance in overcoming this growing addiction. *Michele*

The National Council on Problem Gambling website provides information germane to those counseling people with problems gambling, as well as problem gamblers themselves and their families. The NCPG has a twenty-four-hour confidential hotline available to those in distress over gambling problems. The website also offers education, self-assessment tools, and other resources for getting help. There is even a “help by state” category that includes information and services state-by-state, so that people all over the nation can find resources specific to their area. I found this website to have a lot of educational information and articles on problem gambling that act as valuable tools to those in need. (Sara—10)

National Council on Problem Gambling Website is both for the counselor and the client. It provides vast resources for the client to be able to find local resources that consist of inpatient and outpatient treatment. On the lines of the counselor it provides information on diagnoses, tools that can be used during the sessions and also information on how to obtain certification in gambling addiction. I felt that this website can be very useful to the Pittsburgh area because of the opening of the casino and the addiction that will follow this. +Hayley+

Overeaters Anonymous was founded in 1960 and largely patterned after the Alcoholics Anonymous model. The organization is a support system for those who feel out-of-control with their eating habits. The site contains an excellent meeting locator for those seeking membership, as well as numerous links to local and regionally affiliated OA sites. OA puts out its own on-line magazine called, ALifeline Magazine, which can be accessed by subscribers via this website (an example past issue is accessible for free, but a full subscription requires payment). One neat feature is the ability to purchase brochures and other relevant literature for those interested in referring clients to OA. There is also a section which describes how to start an OA group, as well as advice on how to market for prospective members. Visitors to the site can also access some actual audio samples of interviews that OA members have given (requires either Real Audio, Windows Media, or QuickTime), as well as informative article reprints. *Mike*

National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors: I found SAMHSA to be extremely useful in dealing with issues surrounding substance abuse. Not only is this site useful for counselors but for those seeking help, too. The information on substance abuse treatment facilities is extensive, relaying information regarding clinics and non-profit organizations. ~Nick~

Sober Recovery gives a directory of resources for people with addictions. An addict, family member, or counselor can find out about residential treatment facilities, how to prevent relapse, AA, dual diagnosis, teen addiction programs, and many more areas about drug and alcohol addictions. There is a link to the "Sober Shop," which has books on help with alcohol and drug addictions and gifts for the recovered addict. This site was very complete for anyone having to cope with these addictions. ~Katie~

This helpful and amusing website, Recovery Man, was created by two men in recovery for drug and alcohol addictions. They tell their story from the perspective of a super hero, Recovery Man. The site itself has excellent information about signs and symptoms of not only drug and alcohol problems, but of codependency, trauma, and physical and sexual abuse issues. The focus of the site is recovery, so specific information about AA meetings, books, treatment centers are included. There are excellent links to other recovery websites and Usenet groups that pertain to addiction, trauma, abuse, and recovery. I was impressed with the easy readability and layout of the pages and the practical and gracious way in which the information was presented. There is a discussion board where site visitors can post their "situations," which is helpful to the prospective counselor who might want to ponder how best to respond to the issues and sometimes intense emotions. ~Karen~

AL-ANON and ALATEEN are self-help recovery programs for families or friends of alcoholics, who do and don't recognize that they have a problem. It explains the disease of alcoholism, the treatment process, and discusses enabling. The organization's goal is to have members give and receive comfort and understanding through sharing experiences and insight. This site is particularly useful to this population for information as well as finding a support group in a desired area. ~Danielle~

Voices is a great website if you are interested in music therapy. This site is an on line publication forum with free access. It is accessible in several different languages. It focuses on a country of the month (September—Portugal), and provides a large amount of background information about the country, its history, and how it uses music therapy. There are also columns about music therapy you can read. After reading the columns, you can participate in the moderated discussions. There are also unmoderated discussions and links to other sites dealing with music therapy. I thought this was an excellent site, because it gave you different perspectives from all over the world. ~Erin~

The Addiction Resources Guide is a company that has a directory of addiction treatment facilities. You are given possible resources by looking up your addiction in the list it provides. On this site, it explains rehab, and helps you choose the right program. There is also a yellow pages that contains products and services for the addiction treatment field. It seemed like this section was more for the organizations featured on this website to advertise, or purchase supplies. This could be beneficial if you were the counselor. However, I also thought this website could be valuable to someone searching for addictions counseling, whether for him- or herself or for someone else. It had numerous links to Internet resources and professional resources, in addition to the large directory. ~Erin~

This website is a comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities on line. This site is excellent for a person who may be looking for help as it is written in lay language and is easily understood. One link is “getting help,” where basic questions are answered. There is also a link for professionals. A directory of facilities is included that is comprehensive. This site would be a great starting point for clients and also would aid a therapist in locating treatment facilities as the facilities are reviewed on line. ~Diane~

Habit Smart provides alternative theories of addictive behavior and change. I thought it was pretty neat because it explains the theories in terms that the addict would understand. This site also provides just addiction information in general. It talks about habit and habit change. ~Kathleen~

American Outreach is about prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. It has pamphlets, books, coloring books, activity books, games, and tools for parents, teachers, or anyone working with kids. It gives advice on talking to your kids and focus on prevention and education. This would be good to give to parents or anyone working with kids or teens who is concerned about their possible drug use. <Kristi>

Recovey Lane addresses addiction. The site provides vast information on understanding addiction, denial and defenses, dual diagnosis, and planning recovery. This is only naming a few. The site has a book store for visitors to purchase books dealing with recovery and spirituality. There is also a discussion forum, emergency contacts given, and question and answer. My favorite part of the site is the numerous jokes provided. <Autumn>

This is an exciting website related to D/A rehabilitation. The title of site is Welcome to the Heart of Alcohol and Drug Counseling Services. This site gives links to several other websites that are all resourceful for persons in search of addiction counseling. Some of the links deal with youth and alcohol, gamblers addiction, overeaters, cocaine and marijuana anonymous, and depression. This site is great for a counselor who wants to build resources. From this site, a person who is struggling with drug and alcohol issues can schedule an appointment, directly call for help, and page a person for assistance. The site is eye catching and has a wide variety of information for problems with different types of addictions. This site review gets an A plus for great information. <Demetria>

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration site offers access to a large number of resources related to substance abuse and mental health. The quick links, accessed by clicking on Products/Services, will give you a menu of information resources. The resources include programs, providers, prevention, treatment, and help. Each of these resources will give a variety of related topics to link with. I was amazed at the amount of information that can be accessed at this site. <Sandy>

Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, also known as SAMHSA, is a good resource for helping professionals. One of the links provides a treatment locator. It is easy to navigate and offers several specialties for treatment. The user can easily find substance abuse facilities, buprenorphine physicians and treatment programs, or opiod treatment programs. I have personally used this site many times when seeking treatment for patients and clients. +Dolly+

Here’s a website that has seriously grown since its inception. Netaddiction's original focus was mostly a billboard discussion on Internet addiction, primarily operating as an on-line help group for those who are suffering from Internet addiction, as well as their friends and family. It has since expanded to become a resource as well as a guide for Internet addiction, with many links and topics to explore. <Richard>

Recovery Help for Sexual Addiction was designed by David Bissett, who is a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C. The pages provide information about sex addiction and how to recover from it. It also provides links to general sites about sex addiction and twelve-step fellowships for friends and family or sexual compulsives, or for couples. This site is not meant to be a substitute for face-to-face professional help or for attendance at twelve-step meetings. <Caroline G.>

The National Institute on Drug Abuse begins with two basic questions for individuals interested in addictions which are "What is drug addiction treatment?" and "Why can't drug addictions quit on their own?" Although I don't agree with the seemingly quick readiness to use medication, I do like the diagram called "Components of Comprehensive Drug Abuse Treatment." The outer circle of the diagram includes many community social services that can help those involved with a drug treatment program. The site also provides links to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's homepage, publications, "what's new," and others. This site should be helpful to those counseling clients involved in a drug treatment program. [John]

The Spirit of Recovery website gives a quick and easy-to-understand guide about addiction. The information answers the question, "How do I know I suffer from the disease of addiction?" The description is not hard to read or understand. The site will let you pick from information concerning such topics as sex/relationships, gambling, eating disorders, workaholism, perfectionism, addictions, and many others. The information is helpful to those who need help with addiction problems as well as their families. [John]

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Inc. website advances its work in many areas. These areas include prevention, intervention, research, and treatment. The website includes information concerning subjects such as parents' information, prevention and treatment programs, youth information, and others. You can receive a complete list of educational materials, pamphlets, posters, and a newsletter. There are links to advocacy information and affiliates. I like this site because of the prevention material aimed at stopping youth from getting involved with drugs and alcohol. [John]

This website provides information regarding education and help about alcoholism and other drug addictions. There are useful links to individuals, families, and others seeking intervention and treatment, community prevention and education programs, resource centers, and advocacy campaigns. ~Groma~

The Alcoholism site of About.com is a guide to more than seven hundred sites that offer a comprehensive profile of articles, definitions, and fact sheets covering alcoholism and alcohol-related topics. This is a excellent comprehensive resource center for anyone dealing with alcohol-related issues. I found it to provide a spiritual journey and personal transformation for the family affected by alcoholism. [Jan]

Center for Online Addiction site contains information about Dr. Kimberly Young and counseling services she provides. In response to the growing problem of Internet addiction, Dr. Young created the “Virtual Clinic,” which offers e-mail, chat, and telephone counseling for people who are addicted to the Internet. Dr. Young mentions that she also provides counseling for other problems such as anxiety, depression, and social phobia. She then goes into further detail about each of her counseling methods. I found this site rather interesting because some of the methods Dr. Young is using to help her clients are also a part of the problem of someone who is addicted to the Internet. [Lorie]

Drug Arm offers resources to professionals, teachers, and families pertaining to drug education. There are numerous resource listings, and I liked the fact that they even have an on-line order form for materials. Teachers of drug awareness and prevention can access this site for lesson plans aimed at primary school children. This same material would be helpful in counseling and dealing with children. I appreciated the availability of Christian-related resources at this site. [Laura Lou]

BehaviorHealth Online contains articles written by doctors from Harvard Medical School. It contains a lot of good information on alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive gambling, educational programs, and self-help products. What I appreciate is that it is updated each day with new information. This site also holds live chats with doctors and people with various illnesses. It also has a quick search so you can modify your search to get the information you need. [Carrie]

This site is part of PBS Online and is titled "Moyers on Addiction," named for the journalist Bill Moyers, who did a five-part addiction series on PBS in 1998. This website is a wealth of information for counselors and the general public. Included are real-life stories, general information about addiction, treatment approaches and programs, prevention tactics and programs, policy/political components of addiction, discussions and viewpoints, and an extensive list of article and website resources. Of particular note are the numerous animations such as PET scans illustrating changes in the brain while on drugs, animations of how each drug enters and affects the body, and detailed animations of addiction at the cellular level, involving specifics at the nerve synapse and neurotransmitters. Also, this website carries a teen "comic strip" on addiction and peer pressure. I found this website to be of benefit in understanding addiction. I also found it entertaining, colorful, and alluringly interactive. This would be of great use to suggest to any teen, family, or adult for education, prevention, and/or addiction treatment. It would also be useful in educating counselors and providing additional resources. Way cool! Check it out. ... (Diane)

Now I really could not get over the Drug Abuse website. It discussed drugs that are addictive—street drugs/prescriptions. It gives a description of each, how they are used, their effects and what the treatments are for that particular drug. It offered a help site, support group, and parent directory. On this website, one can chat with others who were/are suffering addicts. This site is good for the drug/alcohol counselor, parents, addicts, or anyone interested in drugs of abuse. (V)

National Council on Problem Gambling gives a definition of "problem gambling" and offers a quiz: Are you a compulsive gambler? (10 questions). There is also a national helpline listed. There are links under "Other Resources" to gambling sites like Gamblers Anonymous and National Center for Responsible Gambling. (Matt)

The National Library of Medicine discusses information on diseases, conditions, and wellness issues about addiction and recovery. Anyone can access this site either by the first letter of the topic or by category. It seems like it has a lot of down-to-earth, helpful, and easy-to-read information. This is definitely one I am going to go back to to access for my own personal use with some of my clients. (Brooke)

Healthy Mind's site talks about—of course—addiction and recovery. It lists a description on what are the definitions of tolerance, withdrawal, and factors that influence addiction. It also has an article on recovery—what it is, how to be supportive of it (for significant others), and even has other links to access to help get someone started. (Brooke)

Access link to When Life Hurts, a site by David Bissette, a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C. This webpage gives a lot of information about addictions of all types and how to get through life's ups and downs. In reading through it, it was written in a very positive frame of reference. The language is upbeat and hopeful, just like people would like to hear coming from a professional counselor. It's almost comforting. A couple of the topics discussed are frequently addressed concerns about addictions, the difference between self-help and professional help, as well as links to other sites. I have never heard of Davis Bissette before, but he seemed to utilize some of the same techniques I use in my line of work. Another one I'm definitely going to check out again! (Brooke)

Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary state-level credentialing to the substance abuse and other behavioral health professional. The board offers credentialing through testing for certification of addiction counselors, case managers, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, co-occurring disorders professionals, and criminal justice addictions professionals. The site offers information on credentialing requirements, education, and the PCB Code of Ethical conduct. This site is valuable to professionals as credentialing is important to counselors working in the field of addictions. Many employers of addictions professionals, including the state of Pennsylvania, look for certified addictions counselor as a preference or condition of employment. (Jeff)

NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals is the largest membership organization serving addiction counselors, educators, and other addiction-focused health care professionals who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, and education. NAADAC has affiliates in forty-six states and has a membership of nearly 11,000. NAADAC’s homepage states that its members “work to create healthier families and communities through prevention, intervention and quality treatment.” The site is appropriate for professionals and the public as it contains information on current issues related to prevention and treatment of chemical dependency. The site also contains information on advocacy related to membership education and educating the general public on dependency and addictive disorders. It also has information on advocacy for legislative, regulatory, and public policy initiatives to ensure access to treatment for all chemically dependent diseases. (Jeff)

Hazelden is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 in Minnesota. Hazelden is involved in many aspects of addiction treatment and recovery through treatment services, professional education, international publishing, research, and public policy advocacy. I like Hazelden’s resources, which contain information on treatment and recovery for professionals and the community. The site also has a nice search feature to find information on relevant research issues contained in Hazelden’s database of more than 14,000 titles specific to the addictions field. There is also a resource store where you can search and purchase books related to prevention, addiction, recovery, criminal justice resources, and various other topics related to prevention, addiction, and recovery. (Jeff)

Prevline is the national clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA. It is a great site for the community and professionals as it contains information on a wide range of substance abuse topics. One thing I really like about the site is the ability to search by issues, audience, or drug. You can look under Issue to find information on topics from anger, to HIV/AIDS, to public policy. Look under audience to find information related to African Americans, Alaska natives, women, college students, and more. This is a very valuable site for anyone looking for information on drug abuse and its prevention and treatment. (Jeff)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Library at Washington University is an excellent reference for counselors who have an interest in or work with substance abuse clients. There are numerous educational references for use on this website and one of the most interesting and helpful aspects that I have found is the instruments catalog. The instruments catalog has a search function that allows you to search for substance abuse testing instruments by instrument type, acronym, name or population and allows you to view a detailed breakdown of the instrument. It also provides you with the contact information for where you can obtain the instrument for use as well as the instrument URL for you to view a sample of the instrument. (Traci)

The Alcoholism and Addictions Resource Guide is a comprehensive resource guide related to alcohol and substance abuse addictions. This site includes a link to a rehab directory, which includes names of hundreds of addiction treatment centers nationwide. It also provides links to reference materials related to addiction, recovery groups, news and articles, as well as an on-line chat community. (Traci)

The Message Carriers is an advocacy group that was created to fight against the stigma and discrimination surrounding addiction and mental health disorders. The website is very interactive in nature and is user friendly. It details the various events that the organization is hosting and features pictures and videos from those events. It also provides information on the various political topics that may affect funding for treatment. The site also describes the various programs that were started by the organization, such as the Inside/Out Program, which is a program designed to work with incarcerated individuals and their families. The site also has a list of resources, access to the newsletter, and a list of affiliates. (Michelle- 10)

Pro-A was established in 1998 to give a voice to the statewide recovery community in Pennsylvania. The website provides a wealth of information. It provides access to their newsletter and calendar of events as well as trainings that are offered. The site also has resources for the community and individuals in recovery. The most interesting parts of the site are the addiction dictionary and the list of current terminology that is utilized within the addiction field. (Michelle - 10)

Faces and Voices of Recovery is an advocacy group for people in recovery from addiction. The website offers links to trainings, media releases, important recovery-related political information, a list of activities and a calendar of events. The site also offers advocacy tools, a link to register to vote, and stories of recovering individuals. I feel that the site is very informative; however, the site may be a little difficult to understand if a person has a reading deficit. (Michelle - 10)

Johnson Institute. This organization tries to engage society to look at addiction from the recovery perspective. They want to identify and eliminate the barriers to recovery. The site also offers newsletters, a calendar of events, links to sites that discuss the political aspects of the treatment of addiction, etc. I really thought the site was interesting; however, some people may not like the site because it focuses a lot of faith as well as politics.

New River Cove is a twelve-step-based treatment with progressive and holistic components treating alcoholism and drug addiction. It is located on twenty-seven acres in Belize on the edge of the rain forest. They offer programs from thirty days to whatever the physician recommends. Their program offers many components from individual and group therapy to ropes courses, horseback riding, acupressure, and relapse prevention. Their philosophy is a pyramid that represents renewal of the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the recovering person. New River Cove provides treatment in Belize to allow the patients to focus on themselves in a casual, resort-like atmosphere. It provides a comfortable setting to work on their addiction along with their mind, body, and spirit with naturalistic treatment on a quiet, private, lush, tropical ranch. I thought New River Cove looked like a very relaxing place from the pictures. An addict wanting to overcome addiction could go here to get away from the people and places they used with/at and help them to relax and focus on their recovery. (Celeste - 10)

Arche Wellness is a drug and alcohol recovery program that centers on an orthomolecular approach to addiction. The program began in 2006 and is currently the only orthomolecular recovery program licensed in Pennsylvania. This approach views addiction not only as a physical disease but a biochemical one as well. Their approach focuses on the biochemical, molecular deficiencies that contribute to the effects of addiction/alcoholism and decreases success rates of traditional recovery programs. Arche Wellness’ recovery rate after twelve months is reported to be 85 to 93 percent. (Fawn - 10)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration works to improve the quality and availability of substance abuse treatment and prevention and mental health treatment. The preceding link provides a drug and alcohol serviices locator throughout the United States. (Fawn - 10)

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