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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 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. – Addiction Resources

This collection of addiction resources from includes helpful articles and support for a variety of addiction issues including drug and alcohol abuse, technology addiction, and other addictive behaviors. Their articles are concise, while still comprehensive, and include actionable advice from experts with a clear intent to help you on your path to recovery.

NIH – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & 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.

Substance Abuse & 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. – 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.”

Includes the latest in addiction news and research. Articles are medically reviewed and vetted in order to help provide you with the most reliable and accurate information possible.

Addiction & Substance Abuse Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

“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.”

Cocaine Anonymous

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 to overcome addiction.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances of abuse.

Facebook Groups – Drug & Alcohol Addiction Support

This Facebook group is for all 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 their 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

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 you have been affected by your own or someone else’s gambling problem; no dues or fees are required.

Gamblers Anonymous

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 using 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

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 12-Steps and 12-Traditions of NA.

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 & 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 online meetings.

Women For Sobriety, Inc.

Women For Sobriety, Inc. (WFS) is a self-help program for women struggling with addiction. One of the original self-help programs for women only, 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.


Patrick Newburn

Patrick Newburn is Psych Central's Resource Editor. In this role, he is responsible for content review and approval of resources that Psych Central links to, copy and content editing of resource descriptions, and general maintenance and upkeep of all such mental health & psychology resources.

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Newburn, P. (2020). Addiction Resources. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 3, 2020, from
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Last updated: 9 Feb 2020 (Originally: 23 Oct 2019)
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