Resources

When teenagers have access to the information and resources they need, they are better equipped to make intelligent choices, especially when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

Learning about the different types of drugs, how they affect you, what it can mean for your body and brain, and hearing about the mistakes that others made can help you to make better choices for yourself – and maybe even help your friends get back on track when they start experimenting with the wrong stuff.

Why would you be interested in learning more about drugs and alcohol? There are a number of different reasons:

  • Research papers for school. If you’re studying drug addiction prevention in your health class or learning about brain chemistry and how the body works in biology, you may need to write a paper. Here’s where you can find a ton of resources that will not only connect you with recent statistics and biological information but the latest research studies and their findings.
  • To help a family member. If you are living with a parent, caregiver, sibling, or extended family member who abuses drugs or is living with addiction, it can mean a lot of difficulties in your life – and a lot of confusion. Learn more about what they’re going through and what you can do to help here.
  • To help yourself. You may have experimented with drugs and alcohol or you may be considering trying a certain substance. You’re smart to take a moment to learn more about the drug before you jump in. Below you’ll find everything you need to know that will help you decide whether or not it’s a risk worth taking.
  • To help a friend. If you are worried about a friend’s choice to abuse drugs and alcohol, you can find out more about the dangers they are facing here. You can also find resources to help them get addiction treatment and ask for help if they need it.
  • To find treatment. If you are in need of drug abuse treatment and you don’t know where else to turn, you and your parents can check out some of the resources we have available that can help the entire family to heal after drug addiction. Figuring out what addiction treatment services you need is the first step and locating the ones that are right for you is next. You may need your parents help on this one, but if they have any questions, they can contact one of our counselors at the phone number listed above and learn more about how we can connect you with a program that can help teens heal from drug addiction.

No matter why you’re looking for solid resources on different drugs and alcohol, we’ve got you covered. Check out the links we’ve provided below.

Educational Resources for Teens

  • NIDA for Teens: Facts on Drugs. Here you’ll find fact sheets on everything from specific drugs and how they affect the body to information about the effects of addiction on the brain, HIV and more.
  • American Council for Drug Education: Facts for Youth. The ACDE offers a “Got the Smarts?” knowledge quiz, a plethora of links, and a page of drug fact sheets on a number of different substances.
  • Above the Influence. AbovetheInfluence.com offers lists of drug facts as well as resources to help a friend you think has a problem with drugs or alcohol, and information that will help you live “above the influence” by choosing not to use any illicit substances. They also have video diaries from kids and the latest news stories about teens and addiction.
  • Monitoring the Future. Want to know how many 8th graders, 10th graders, and high school seniors are using drugs, which kinds, and how often? Conducted at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, this survey is done annually and checks in with teens across the country to find out what their perceptions and interactions are with drugs and alcohol.
  • Teens Health. This site answers questions about the definition of substance abuse and addiction, and offers a number of pages that get into the specifics of different substances and how they affect the body, including steroids, alcohol, marijuana, prescription painkillers and more.
  • ReachOut.com. Real stories from other teens about their experience with drugs and alcohol, the facts on illicit substance abuse, and interactive opportunities to voice your own opinions and needs are available on this site designed just for teens.
  • Go Ask Alice! This resource extends beyond just drugs and alcohol and helps teens to understand a wide range of subjects that are important to their health and well-being. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the Q&A library, you can submit it to them to get the help you need.
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Find out everything you need to know about alcohol and how to resist peer pressure. Get tons of details on alcohol and its effects, then learn about peer pressure – what it is, how it hits you, and how to avoid getting sucked into bad decision making.
  • Check Yourself. Do you have a problem with drugs and alcohol? Are you in control of your life and your decisions? The Partnership at DrugFree.org has set up this site to include a number of quizzes that help teens identify their potential for developing a problem with drugs and alcohol.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: STOP Underage Drinking. This page has links to a bunch of different resources that help teens understand how dangerous it is to drink and drive and the effects of just one drink on the brain’s ability to function quickly in an emergency situation behind the wheel.
  • Too Smart to Start. The teen-specific part of the site helps to educate teens on why it’s important to avoid even casual experimentation with alcohol and provides access to other resources as well.

Medical Resources for Teens

Resources for Parents of Teens

  • NIDA for Teens Resources for Parents and Teachers. This page includes links to a number of articles written for parents so they can identify and understand the different drugs that their teens might be using. A Teacher’s Resource Guide is included.
  • National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. The White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy sponsors a targeted drug prevention campaign designed to help teens avoid falling into the trap of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Parents can explore the site and keep up with the blog to find out the latest news about the campaign as well as the information it gleans from research and data about our nation’s youth and their perceptions about drugs and addiction.
  • American Council on Drug Education: Facts for Parents. Here, parents can get tips on how to talk to their teen about drugs, learn more about how drug use affects pregnancy, discover the symptoms associated with different drugs of abuse, and find out basic facts about a number of different substances.
  • ParentCentral.net. Parents looking to connect with other parents who have had similar experiences with teen drug and alcohol addiction can do that here.
  • Berkeley Parents Network. Here parents can find the answers to questions about teens and drug abuse. There is also a page that focuses on teens and drinking as well as pages on a number of other substances.
  • Prevention-Smart Parents. This online learning aid provides parents with the information they need to help stop their teens from abusing drugs.
  • Colorado State University: Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Here you will find an extensive article on how teen drug abuse affects the family, the different roles that family members play in active addiction, and how the whole family can come together to heal.
  • The Partnership at DrugFree.org. Get answers to questions like “Where Can I Learn About Finding Treatment for My Child?” and “What Should I Do If My Child Needs Help for a Drug or Alcohol Problem?”
  • Too Smart to Start. According to the site, 10 million young people drink. This site seeks to help parents, educators and others in the community work together to help teens avoid the pitfalls that come with teen drinking.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The organization’s Power of Parents site provides resources that address a number of different situations that can occur when a teen abuses drugs and alcohol. A handbook for parents is available.

Counseling Resources for Teens

  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics. This resource offers assistance to those who are seeking support in dealing with the effects of living with a parent who has an addiction. It also offers a list of suggestions that help teens and kids figure out how to handle it when they are living with an addicted parent as well as resources on learning how to deal with their own drug and alcohol problem.
  • Alateen. This is a 12-step group for teens who are living with or love someone who has a drug or alcohol problem. At these meetings, you can find the support of others in the same situation and a sponsor who can help you work through your issues – including your own struggles with drugs and alcohol.
  • Office of National Drug Control Policy. Here, you can learn everything you need to know about what should be included in an effective drug addiction treatment program, including specialized treatment programs and the importance of early intervention.
  • Rational Recovery. The entire family can find the help they need to heal after a teen’s drug abuse through the support of a community and regular meetings that help you to recognize – and fight – the “Addictive Voice.”
  • Teen Anon. The 12 steps have been proven extremely effective in the last century and Teen Anon is the teen version of that program, providing teenagers with a safe space to share their experience with drugs and alcohol as well as their struggles with recovery. It’s just for teens and those who love them.
  • Adolescent Online Smoking Cessation Program. Called ASPIRE, this program helps teens to quit smoking cigarettes and is sponsored by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The site experience can be modified for gender and language preference.
  • Center on Addiction and the Family. This resource is focused on helping kids deal with addiction in their families and understand that the choices of others are not a reflection on them or their fault in any way – a huge step in the healing process. Teens who have developed their own addiction issues in response can also find counseling assistance here.
  • TeenCentral.net. Find hotlines to connect with someone 24 hours a day when you are struggling with issues of drug and alcohol addiction.
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