Breaking the Cycles
Breaking the Cycles is an excellent blog featuring articles and resources pertaining to addiction and substance abuse that pays special attention to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). From the blog author:
”Lisa Frederiksen founded BreakingTheCycles.com in 2008 to provide education, prevention and intervention services rooted in 21st Century brain and substance misuse-related science for a range of addiction-related concerns, including: substance misuse, mental illness, addiction as a brain disease, secondhand drinking, dual diagnosis, underage drinking, help for families, treatment, recovery, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), brain health and more.”
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) is Canada’s national addictions agency. Their mission is to provide objective, evidence-based information and advice that will help reduce the health, social and economic harm associated with substance abuse and addictions. En Francais et Anglais.
HelpGuide.org – Addiction Resources
“When you’re stuck in the cycle of addiction, recovery can seem out of reach. But no matter how powerless you feel, change is possible with the right treatment and support.”
NIH – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the over 20 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.
NIAAA leads the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- Conducting and supporting alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.
- Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and federal programs on alcohol-related issues.
- Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work.
- Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public.
Through both research within NIAAA, and by funding grants at institutions worldwide, NIAAA aims to:
- Better understand the health effects of alcohol consumption, including why it can cause addiction.
- Reveal the biological and socio-cultural origins of why people respond to alcohol differently.
- Remove the stigma associated with alcohol problems.
- Develop effective prevention and treatment strategies that address the physical, behavioral, and social risks that result from both excessive alcohol use
Shopping Addiction – Compulsive Spending – Shopaholics
Stopping Overshopping helps shopaholics stop compulsive spending behavior. April Benson provides counseling for compulsive shoppers, including a program which helps beat their shopping and spending addiction.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is the Federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans. CMHS pursues its mission by helping States improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for people with mental health problems, their families and communities.
VeryWellMind.com – Addiction Resources
“Know someone with an addiction? Dealing with your own? Don’t let it dictate your life. Learn about treatment, rehab, and support for you and your loved ones.”
Addiction & Substance Abuse Support Groups
“Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.”
The founders of Cocaine Anonymous believe the best way to reach someone is to speak to them on a common level. The members of C.A. are all recovering addicts who maintain their individual sobriety by working with others. They come from various social, ethnic, economic and religious backgrounds, but are united in their struggle with addiction.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.
Facebook Groups – Drug/Alcohol Addiction Support
This is a Facebook group for individuals and their loved ones trying to overcome addiction.
Facebook Groups – Heroin Addiction & Recovery Community Support
This is a Facebook group for all heroin users and those in recovery to share their knowledge with others in the hope of helping one another overcome the addiction.
Even if you have no history of using heroin but think your views, opinions, help and/or advice may be useful to others you are more than welcome to join as well.
Families Anonymous is an international fellowship of families and friends of those involved in the abuse of substances. The fellowship is a self-help organization with a program based on the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions first formulated by Alcoholics Anonymous.
Gam-Anon is a 12 Steps-based network of gambling addiction support groups. It is not a religious organization, counseling agency or treatment center; nor is it allied with any organization offering such services. Membership is voluntary, requiring only that one’s own life has been affected by someone else’s gambling problem and no dues or fees are required.
Do you want to stop gambling? Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem. GA uses the 12-steps method.
GA members’ primary purpose is to stop gambling and to help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
In the Rooms – Global Recovery Community
In The Rooms is a comprehensive online social network for the global recovery community. It’s intended for people already in recovery, seeking immediate help from any addiction, and their family, friends and allies.
As part of this community you will have unlimited access to over 117 live online recovery meetings weekly. ITR offers AA, NA, and other 12-Step and non 12-Step Support Groups, Geo Locatable Global Meeting Finder, Daily E-Meditations, Afternoon Affirmations, Free iPhone and Android Apps, Speaker Tape Library and much more.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 33,500 weekly meetings in over 116 countries worldwide. One of the keys to NA’s success is the therapeutic value of addicts working with other addicts. Members share their successes and challenges in overcoming active addiction and living drug-free productive lives through the application of the principles contained within the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of NA. These principles are the core of the Narcotics Anonymous recovery program. Principles incorporated within the steps include:
- admitting there is a problem;
- seeking help;
- engaging in a thorough self-examination;
- confidential self-disclosure;
- making amends for harm done; and
- helping other drug addicts who want to recover.
Psych Central Forums – Addictions Support
Psych Central hosts an excellent addictions support forum for those grappling with addictions, including substance abuse or alcoholism.
Special sub-sections are included for general 12-Steps discussion, gambling, TV and Internet addiction, sexual addiction, and smoking addiction support.
Psych Central Forums – Adult Children of Alcoholics
Support community for adults who grew up in an alcoholic or addicted family.
SMART Recovery (Self-Management And Recovery Training)
SMART Recovery is an organization of almost exclusively volunteers helping people gain independence from harmful addictive behaviors by offering a science-based self-help and mutual support program through face-to-face and on-line meetings. Meetings, chat opportunities and other resources may be found at the web site. The site also provides information on how to become a SMART Recovery volunteer or start a local meeting.
Women For Sobriety, Inc.
Women For Sobriety, Inc. (WFS) is a self-help program for women with problems of addiction. It is the first and only self-help program for women only, and its precepts take into account the very special problems women have in recovery — the need for feelings of self-value and self-worth, and the need to expatiate feelings of guilt and humiliation.