Resource Links for Families of Substance Abusers, Addicts and Alcoholics
PHONE COUNSELING FOR FAMILIES:
Joe Herzanek/Changing Lives Foundation (author, Why Don’t They Just Quit?, addiction counselor) Drug Addiction Phone Counseling for family members—providing substance abuse counseling to families in crisis (provided on a very limited basis).
Toby Drews (author Getting Them Sober, family counselor) Long distance telephone consultations (including evenings, weekends and holidays) concerning the addiction and/or family issues, with individuals or couples, or alcoholics who want to seriously look at getting sober–or who are already in recovery, and want additional help.
FREE ADDICTION TREATMENT
Drug Treatment for Patients with No Money A guide about finding treatment, free of cost. Don’t let a lack of money stop you from getting the professional help you need. Instead, consider all your options including free drug treatment through a rehab scholarship.
LOW COST, NO COST ALCOHOL AND DRUG TREATMENT RESOURCE LIST
Low Cost, No Cost Treatment Our most extensive list of low/no cost treatment, sober living facilities, halfway homes, family resources and more.
Valley Hope Association A nationally-recognized, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality chemical dependency treatment services at an affordable price.
Arapahoe House (13 locations in Colorado) provides life-changing alcohol and drug rehabilitation at 13 locations in Denver, Colorado for vulnerable individuals and families. Arapahoe House is Colorado’s leading nonprofit provider of affordable drug and alcohol treatment and behavioral health services. We provide substance abuse illness treatment for women and their children, teens, adults and families.
CeDAR Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. A comprehensive addiction treatment center offering quality 12-step residential treatment and support programs crucial to recovery for addictions to alcohol, drug and co-occurring addictions such as gambling.
Harmony Foundation Alcoholism Drug Addiction Treatment Center – Estes Park Colorado. Outpatient & Intervention services available.
Centennial Peaks Hospital A recognized center of excellence and preferred treatment provider for inpatient and intensive outpatient health care in Colorado and surrounding states.
Highlands Behavioral Health System An 86 bed freestanding behavioral health hospital offering psychiatric care for adults and adolescents. Mental health level of care assessments are provided free of charge. Once a patient is admitted to Highlands Behavioral Health System, an interdisciplinary team creates an individualized treatment program that includes acute care treatment, solution-focused treatment, and comprehensive discharge planning.
Fire Mountain Programs For teens age 12-18, Sober Home, a teenage substance abuse and dual diagnosis residential treatment center, located in the mountains outside Boulder, CO.
Jaywalker Lodge Provides relapse treatment and transitional living programs for adult men seeking freedom from drug and alcohol addiction in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Jaywalker programs are designed for clients with a history of previous treatments and/or failed attempts at sobriety.
The Haven An 89-bed Modified Therapeutic Community (MTC) located in Denver, Colorado for women, mothers and their infants. Provides intensive residential substance abuse treatment to women who are either pregnant or have an infant in their care.
The Rose House An extended care, residential addiction treatment program for women. In our 16 bed, luxury facility, we provide intensive therapy, relapse prevention and facilitate the development of life skills necessary to maintain long term sobriety.
Freedom Center Freedom Center is an outpatient program working with men and women to help them replace addictive practices with self-mastery so that dependency is transformed into empowerment.
New Life Community Services New Life Community Services provides inpatient and outpatient drug & alcohol treatment, emergency shelter for families with children, and counseling services.
Promises Treatment Centers Promises offers highly individualized treatment to clients struggling with addictions and co-occurring disorders. Located in Malibu and West Los Angeles, Promises offers 12-step based programs from Detoxification, Primary Residential/Inpatient treatment, Extended Care, Sober Living, and Outpatient services in a small intimate setting.
Betty Ford Center We provide effective alcohol and other drug dependency treatment services, including programs of education and research, to help women, men and families begin the process of recovery. We emphasize involving the entire family in the recovery process, and we stress the importance of each person identifying his or her own spiritual path.
Cliffside Malibu For effective Drug Rehabilitation, a luxurious and private drug treatment center. . .the choice of leading professionals.
Transitions Recovery Program in North Miami Beach Florida has the staff with the training and years of experience to create a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere to reclaim your life from substance abuse.
Rosecrance Treatment Centers Rosecrance is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and the best evidence-based practices to treat substance use disorder and mental health issues. We’re focused on one thing: Providing the best opportunity for lasting recovery. Life’s waiting.
Las Vegas Recovery Center World renowned, medically managed withdrawal, multi-addiction, dual diagnosis, and residential treatment center for substance abuse disorders and chronic pain rehabilitation.
St. Joseph Institute Offering a superior approach to treatment for addiction. Personalizing alcohol & drug abuse rehab in PA with individualized programs in a tranquil atmosphere.
Clear Brook Lodge Established specifically for adolescents, this 46-bed inpatient rehabilitation center is the beginning of what must be a continued effort to maintain a lifestyle and lifetime of sobriety.
Heartlight Ministries Heartlight is a year-round therapeutic boarding school that helps troubled teens begin living a more fulfilling and less self-destructive lifestyle.
Le Mont Michel An upscale sober home nestled at the bast of Utah’s majestic Wasatch Mountains, utilizing Applied Recovery—a systematic and comprehensive approach to planning out the first year of sobriety for people recovering from drug and alcohol addictions.
*The list of organizations, professionals, and advisors (referred to hereafter as “advisors”) is provided solely for informational purposes. Changing Lives Foundation does not endorse, and has not undertaken any independent investigation of the qualifications, credentials, experience, education, training, or proper licensing of, any advisor listed below. Changing Lives Foundation does not have any direct or indirect input in any advice or services provided by any advisor listed on this website.
Any person using contact information provided herein, to locate and select an advisor is strongly encouraged to inquire about the advisor’s professional expertise, experience, licensing, and qualifications before engaging or hiring such a person or organization.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Helps individuals in suicidal crisis to contact the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free phone number (features options for deaf and hard of hearing).
Trilogy Recovery Community (Walla Walla, WA) Trilogy Recovery Community is a grassroots collaboration of parents, youth, concerned citizens, and community leaders who believe that all children deserve to live in a drug-free community.
Living Sober Life Coaching Shira Goldberg is a life and recovery coach with both personal and professional knowledge who supports and encourages clients to achieve their life goals within the context of long-term recovery. Shira helps every individual access recovery and sobriety.
RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN:
Betty Ford Children’s Program (Multiple locations) Did you know that the Betty Ford Center offers treatment for the children of the patient? Learn about the Betty Ford Center children’s program.
Love First Jeff and Debra Jay have assembled a team of clinical interventionists experienced in the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction and other issues–providing expert direction and planning for every aspect of the intervention. Love First will fully rehearse your team, lead the intervention and will also safely escort your loved one to treatment.
Love First (Book) The best book on intervention for families by professional interventionists, Jeff and Debra Jay, published by Hazelden Books. Changing Lives recommends this book to all our counseling and intervention clients.
(A-I-R) Assistance in Recovery “America’s leader in intervention and recovery services.”
ARISE Intervention A three-phase process which is a Continuum of Care that leads your loved one into appropriate treatment and recovery. The addicted individual is invited to join the process right from the beginning with no surprises, no secrets, no coercion and absolute respect and love.
BOOKS and DVDs:
Why Don’t They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery (also available on Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook). Audio MP3 CD and Audio Download available on Amazon.com
Recommended Books and DVDs for families of drug and alcohol abusers and addicts
Changing Lives Foundation An informative site providing help for friends and family of addicts/alcoholics—with a focus on how individuals and families recover from these problems. “Addicts and alcoholics aren’t crazy and they CAN quit!”
SoberNation The #1 National Recovery Resources and Addiction Treatment Centers Database on the internet.
addiction2recovery addiction2recovery™ exists to help change the lives of people impacted by addiction. addiction2recovery is a unique recovery organization because our focus is on outreach. We reach out to people in all stages of addiction discovery and recovery. Our goal is to help strengthen and empower individuals in recovery.
The Institute for Addiction Study We want to challenge current thinking about addiction in order to inform individuals, groups and families of the current controversies within addiction treatment so they can make informed decisions about recovery.
Drug Addiction Support News and current topics about drug addiction—including the latest books and DVD’s for Addiction Recovery, along with resources to learn how to help your family deal with drugs.
Sober.com Committed to helping the addicted and families affected by drug abuse and drug addiction—to find rehabs, especially troubled teens. This site also includes various interesting venues for recovering people to connect with each other.
The Association for Addiction Professionals A professional membership organization that serves counselors who specialize in addiction treatment.
Hazelden A comprehensive site for individuals, families, and communities struggling with addiction to alcohol and other drugs. This nonprofit organization helps people transform their lives by providing the highest quality treatment and continuing care services, education, research, and publishing products available today.
Mark Dempster Counselling Help with any form of chemical or behavioural addiction (Alcohol and/or Drugs, Gambling, Sex and Love) or working through Depression and Anxiety, Loss and Bereavement, Relationship and Couples Counselling. Call for free confidential conversation.
Jail and Prison Re-entry Guide (Colorado) Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-entry Guide for Colorado. This 200 page book provides extensive information about preparing for release while incarcerated and re-entering society after release.
Al-Anon/Alateen (which includes Alateen for younger members) offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon (which includes Narateen for younger members) family groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction.
Online Nar-Anon Outreach Online forum that provides opportunities to chat and attend online meetings over the internet (24/7).
Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) (Multiple Locations) FREE recovery services for substance abuse and drug addiction. A 12 step, faith-based program that offers group meetings, individual and family counseling to families, siblings and teens. One of the best resources (for the entire family) we have found.
Getting Them Sober One of the best websites, counseling resource and book series on recovery we have found.
Parents. The Anti-Drug Extensive amount of info, advice, resources specifically written for parents.
Online Al-Anon Outreach Information about online Al-Anon Family Groups and links to meetings on the Internet.
Love and Logic Helpful articles, simple and practical techniques to help parents and teachers have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids.
Family Therapy in Drug Rehab a family component to addiction treatment that allows healing for the family to begin (this link is just one example of many similar programs).
ADDICTION PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
Odyssey Training Center (Denver, CO Springs, Grand Junction CO) The leader in providing substance abuse training to Substance Abuse Counselors and Mental Health Professionals. With training facilities in Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, as well as Online courses, Odyssey provides a wide range of workshops focusing on substance abuse and related mental health and domestic violence issues.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism (on the “Is AA for you?” page there are 12 questions to help you decide if you have a problem).
AA Grapevine Voice of Alcoholics Anonymous, The International Journal of AA, articles, stories, jokes, letters, subscriptions since 1944.
12-Step.org. Information and tools for working the 12-step program.
Read the AA Big Book online Complete text of “Alcoholics Anonymous” also known as “The Big Book” is available in English, French, and Spanish.
Using Al-Anon’s Steps in Our Personal Lives This series of podcasts discusses how Al-Anon’s Twelve Steps have helped people successfully handle a variety of challenges associated with the family illness of alcoholism.
AA Intergroup AA Telephone Numbers, USA.
Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share our experience, strength, and hope with each other that we may solve our common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.
Sober Living Outpatient (Delray Beach, FL) Sober Living Outpatient is more than a treatment center; it is a magical place whereby clients and staff work in concert to assist the clients in their goal of living a fulfilled and peaceful life without the need for mood altering substances.
New Life House (Los Angeles, CA) Sober Living for teens, young adults and adults. Each New Life House sober living is 12 Step-based and works through positive peer interaction, 24/7 support and a huge network of fellow sober men who have achieved long term sobriety.
Oxford House Democratically run, self-supporting, and drug free group home. A national directory of all the houses is provided. Self Run, Self Supported, Addiction Recovery Houses
Serenity Houses Affordable, very nice 12-step-based Sober Living Homes in Colorado. The Serenity Houses provide a structured living environment for people with alcohol or drug dependency problems.
Soaring Above Co-Addiction —a book, blog and website dedicated to helping the co-addicted rise above their situation to take control of their own life.
addiction2recovery reality.connection.change. Addiction recovery materials along with gripping videos of real people’s stories of change and recovery.
Christians in Recovery Over 3000 Pages of help for recovery from life circumstances, self defeating behaviors and addictions. Unlimited Chat, live help, free magazine and more.
Celebrate Recovery A Christ-centered program ministering to those who struggle with hurts, hang-ups, habits or addictions.
AllTreatment A drug rehab center directory and substance abuse information resource dedicated to educating our users about drug and alcohol addiction. Features a complete directory of drug addiction treatment centers and much more.
Drug Dangers DrugDangers.com delivers the latest breaking news and information on the FDA Warnings, drug side effects, recalls and lawsuits.
DrugAlert.org A comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide.
National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.
The Drug Guide at The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a comprehensive and up-to-date source of drug information, including drug descriptions, slang terms, short term- and long term- effects, images, federal classifications and more.
SAMHSA: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Provides info on the prevention of substance abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, treatment, and mental health services.
NCADD: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. Provides education, information, help, and hope to the public. It advocates prevention, intervention, and treatment through a nationwide network of affiliates.
NIAAA: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Provides current publications, research and news on alcohol addiction.
American Council on Alcoholism More helpful information on intervention, problems surrounding alcohol abuse, self-tests, and other resources.
ALCOHOL ADDICTION INTERACTIVE/BLOG SITES:
Demons in the Dark: Everything you always wanted to know about alcohol and alcoholism, but were afraid to ask.
CDC: Tobacco Facts Extensive information on smoking and the tobacco industry.
Changing Lives Foundation Private Group (Facebook) A place for families and friends of a person struggling with alcohol or drug abuse/addiction—to post, discuss and help each other. This is a closed group where anyone can join—and safely post without fear of “the world” being able to see. Click on link, ask to join and someone will sign you in.
The Addict’s Mom: Sharing Without Shame A group focusing on the mothers of addicted children. The relationship between the mother and addicted child is unique; that does not diminish the experiences of other family members. Join one of their many online communities—The Addict’s Mom, The Addict, The Addict’s Dad, The Single Addict’s Mom.
FOB (Friends of Bill) A social network specifically designed for alcoholics and addicts. Connect with new friends from all over the world who are just like you. New, easy online instant chat!
In the Rooms The premier, most comprehensive online social network for the recovery community worldwide. For the 23 hours a day you’re not at a meeting. in the Rooms has many of the most popular 12-Step fellowships as groups for you to become a member of. In here you’ll find great discussions, great people, resources, and archives.
Faces and Voices of Recovery Dedicated to changing public perceptions of recovery, promoting effective public policy in Washington and in all 50 states, and demonstrating that recovery is working for millions of Americans.
SelfGrowth.com The #1 Self-Improvement Site on the internet. SelfGrowth.com is the most complete guide to information about Self -Improvement, Personal Growth and Self Help on the Internet. It is designed to be an organized directory, with articles and references to thousands of other Web Sites on the World Wide Web.
NUTRITION & FITNESS:
Nutrition Action The largest-circulation health newsletter in North America providing reliable information on nutrition and health.
Nutrition Info Dept. of Health and Human Services
Fitness Info Dept. of Health and Human Services
SelfHelpAndImprovements.com Self improvement tips is an easy method to kick-start your individual development and to motivate yourself to greater levels of achievement and success.
Eye on Addiction Radio Helping Families Fight Addiction. Denver’s first live call-in talk radio show devoted to providing help for families torn apart by alcohol or drug abuse; Eye on Addiction is a weekly talk radio, live call-in show brought to you by Changing Lives Foundation.
Recovery Now! A weekly radio program that discusses Alcoholism and Addiction recovery. Topics covered include: Causes, Symptoms, Intervention, Depression, Drug Therapies, 12-Step, Treatment Programs and much more. The format of the show is an informal roundtable discussion led by Ned Wicker.
Recovery Coast to Coast Two hours of engaging dialogue, news updates and interviews around the topics of addiction, treatment, research and recovery.
Prescription Addiction Radio The Prescription Addiction Radio Show is a challenge to America to discuss the culture in our country that has evolved into accepting the silent epidemic that has created a growing number of people who cannot get through their day without an addictive or psychologically mind altering drug.
The official blog of: Changing Lives Foundation We are convinced that people can recover—and make dramatic changes in their lives.
Addiction Journal Addiction Journal is a compilation of thoughts, skills, and emotion to help other parents struggling with an addicted child. It is a work in progress, much like recovery.
Treatment Talk Sharing and Support for Addiction, Recovery and Treatment.
There is No Hero in Heroin Blog A place for anyone with a family member caught in the grip of Heroin Addiction. You are not alone.
Soaring Above Co-Addiction Helping your loved one get clean, while creating the life of your dreams.
Dad on Fire On fire about the impact of addiction and need for solutions. This blog is always interesting to read.
Sober Blogger’s Directory
Top 100 Sober Blogs. Make friends. Find support. Help others. Embrace recovery.
POEMS AND STORIES:
Addiction Poems about Family A collection of reader-submitted poems from real people about real-life situations.
Runners for Recovery A running club for people in recovery and those whose lives have been impacted by addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
OneRecovery.com A friendly and feature-rich online recovery community for alcohol, drug and eating disorder addiction.
The Lois Wilson Story (Hallmark Hall of Fame) The first biography of the great American woman, wife of the man who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)—a world-wide movement to save millions of families from the devastation of alcohol and drugs.
SELF-TESTS FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS:
Tools to Assess Others:
Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Take this Alcohol and Drug Addiction Self-Test for yourself, or for someone you love.
Take this Co-dependence Self-Test for yourself, or for someone you love.
Take this Gambling Addiction Self-Test for yourself, or for someone you love.
Al-Anon Quiz Are you troubled by someone’s drinking?
The following questions, from Al-Anon Family Groups, are designed to help you decide whether or not you need Al-Anon.
Is AA for you?
Symptoms of alcoholism are summed up in 12 questions most A.A.s had to answer to identify themselves as alcoholics.
If you’re a teen (12-17 years old) concerned about your own drug and/or alcohol use.
How much is too much? If you’re an adult (18 or older) concerned about your drinking.
Low cost, No cost Alcohol and Drug Treatment Directory
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