Resources on this webpage link to treatment programs and to information concerning support groups for families affected by substance use disorders in addition to audience-specific materials, such as resources for children and youth dealing with parental substance use or tools for parents addressing substance use by adolescents.
Information for Educators, Students, Parents, and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2015)
Presents resourceful information for educators, students, parents, and families to increase awareness on substance use prevention in an educational setting.
Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (2013)
Offers families information on how to choose a drug treatment program with a focus on what research has shown about the effectiveness of each treatment option.
What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (2014)
Addresses the concerns and questions that family members of people experiencing substance use disorders may have regarding treatment and recovery. In addition to information on different types of treatment, the brochure includes sections that focus on supporting the family members of the person entering treatment.
What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem With Drugs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (2016)
Provides parents with a list of questions and resources to consider if they suspect their teen has a substance use disorder.
You Are Not on Your Own: A Booklet to Help Children and Adults Talk About a Parent's Drinking (PDF - 335 KB)
The Children's Society & Office of the Children's Commissioner (2011)
Assists children in talking with their parents about parental alcohol misuse, including a discussion on the effects of parental alcohol use, the impact of alcoholism on the family and child, and how to ensure that the child feels safe at home. Exercises are provided throughout the book to help children process key information and share their feelings about alcoholism. In addition, notes are provided for adults on the material presented.