We’ve listed our favorite, most informative, useful, reliable—and yes, even the most “fun” websites we could find, to help you navigate this exciting but often complex world of recovery.
This Resource List is a work-in-progress. If you are seeking a particular resource and still need help, please do not hesitate to give Joe a call on 303.775.6493. He will be glad to help.
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.
Inner Balance Health Center Holistic Alcohol Treatment, Detox Center and drug rehab (located in beautiful Loveland, CO) for those suffering from addiction. Restoring health through our state of the art Biochemical Repair approach. Providing the most extensive lab-testing anywhere, we uncover the direct cause of addiction. A comprehensive life changing program, followed by a year-long after care.
Advocates for Recovery is a grassroots organization made up of people throughout Colorado who are part of the new recovery movement. The organization started with a handful of dedicated folks who recognized that the most difficult part of the road to recovery began after the individual had ceased using alcohol and other drugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We provide expert direction and planning for every aspect of the intervention. We will fully rehearse your team, lead the intervention and we 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:
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™ 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.
Crystal Meth Anonymous. A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.
The Meth Project. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Meth. Ask the Meth Project to get your questions answered with straight facts about Meth and true stories.
Al-Anon/Alateen (which includes Alateen for younger members) offers hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon family groups are a worldwide fellowship for those affected by someone else’s addiction.
Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP). 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.
Getting Them Sober: One of the best websites 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.
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.
PHONE COUNSELING FOR FAMILIES:
Joe Herzanek/Changing Lives Foundation (author, Why Don’t They Just Quit?, addiction counselor) There IS a solution. Together we can formulate a plan to restore sanity to your life, saving you and your family time, money, stress and unnecessary heartache. Personalized Drug Addiction Phone Counseling for family members (and/or the addicted person) with author/addiction counselor Joe Herzanek—specialized to your unique situation.
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.
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.
Alcoholics Anonymous. 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. 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.
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.
Celebrate Recovery. A Christ-centered program ministering to those who struggle with hurts, hang-ups, habits or addictions.
The Institute for Addiction Study. center of learning and training where innovative strategies relating to addiction are developed and shared that foster the acceptance of addicts.
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.
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.
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.
Stories of hope and recovery: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Personal, real-life stories of recovery.
anonymousone. A recovery resource like no other. A global resource reaching readers in more than 100 countries. AA, Al-Anon, find sober living homes, sober clubs, conferences, events, roundups, treatment centers, central offices, stories & articles of recovery, books & gifts for sobriety, daily meditations and much more.
ALCOHOL ADDICTION INTERACTIVE/BLOG SITES:
Demons in the Dark: Everything you always wanted to know about alcohol and alcoholism, but were afraid to ask.
PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE & ADDICTION:
Pharmacy Technician.net. A wealth of information on this topic.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Self Assessment Tools:
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.
*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.
Addiction Resources, Preferred Providers, Families of Substance Abusers, Addicts and Alcoholics
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