Resources

Addiction and substance misuse can be overwhelming for those who are struggling and the people in their lives who want to help them overcome these challenges. We've compiled valuable resources to get you started so that you can spend more time helping and less time searching for the information you need.

 

General Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency with the mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to justice those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.

DEA National Drug Threat Assessment 2018 

DEA Campus Drug Prevention 

National Survey of Drug Use and Health 2019 

 

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. NIDA and NIAAA are institutes under NIH.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Monitoring the Future Survey 2020 

Easy to Read Drug Facts 

 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. by conducting critical science and providing health information that protects our nation against dangerous health threats, and responding when these arise.

Statistics on Drug Overdoses 

 

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) 

ASAM is a professional medical society representing over 6,000 physicians, clinicians and associated professionals in the field of addiction medicine.

 

Partnership to End Addiction 

Researchers, advocates, and clinicians who partner with families, professionals and other organizations to provide personalized support and resources to families while mobilizing policymakers, researchers and health care professionals to more effectively address addiction systemically on a national scale.

 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

The mission of AACAP is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research.

Foundation for a Drug-Free World 

The Foundation is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.

 

FDA Safe Disposal of Medications

Shatterproof

A community of families affected by addiction, committed to ending the stigma of the disease and helping those with the disease to fully recover.

 

Jewish Resources

 

Addiction is a disease and Jewish people, like any other nationality, race or religion, are not immune. These are specific not-for-profit resources for the Jewish community.​

 

CCSA (NY/NJ; U.S.)

We address addiction issues by providing support and educational programming for Jewish communities, families, students, and faculty. By eliminating stigma, we can break the cycle of addiction and save lives.

Amudim (U.S.; Israel)

Amudim is a confidential resource center that provides assistance and direct referrals for individuals and families impacted by sexual abuse, neglect, addiction, mental health concerns, and other crisis-related matters.

Beit Tshuvah Congregation (Los Angeles, CA)

Beit Tshuvah is a not-for-profit residential treatment center, congregation, and educational resource center that is non-denominational and Jewish in nature, providing treatment, support, and community for those suffering from addiction or looking for spiritual connection.

Birthright Israel Recovery Trip

A free trip for Jewish people in recovery, leaving for Israel on August 15, 2021. The Recovery trip aims to reconnect young people in recovery or impacted by an addiction with their Jewish heritage and reclaim their role as active members in the Jewish community. Go to their website to learn more or apply to participate.

Friendship House (West Bloomfield, MI)  

The Daniel B. Sobel Friendship House provides support and guidance to individuals and families struggling with isolation and other life crises, such as addiction, through a welcoming Jewish recovery community that offers friendship, support, and a variety of programs and meetings that facilitate lasting success.

Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (Seattle, WA; CA)

The Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN) connects families and individuals to information, support, tools, and Jewish perspectives to help them face addiction and work toward recovery. JAAN offers a variety of programs including community events, online programs, educational events, direct assistance for families, meaningful Shabbat and Jewish holiday services, consultation services, and 12 step meetings.

JACS (NY)

Offering virtual and in-person support, JACS provides resources and information to assist Jewish people struggling with alcoholism or addiction and their friends/families. JACS also has a Warm Line that is operated by volunteers from the Jewish recovery community.


Madraigos (Woodmere, NY)

Madraigos works with local Yeshivos and Day Schools to educate and support students and give them the foundations for a brighter future. They also offer parent lecture series and professional development programming that foster healthy environments for our children.

Madraigos Midwest (Chicago, IL)

Madraigos Midwest is a not-for-profit with a mission to support and enhance the emotional, social and spiritual health of adolescents, young adults, and their families. They partner with local schools, shuls, and organizations, and provide an array of both prevention and intervention programs and services. 

Mothers and Fathers Aligned Saving Kids (NY)

MASK’s mission is to ensure that all parents/caregivers in the Jewish community receive the resources necessary to help raise emotionally healthy families. MASK has a confidential helpline, support groups, and prevention and awareness programs in the community and in schools.

Our Place (Brooklyn, NY)

Our Place provides struggling teens with a positive environment that helps them recover from trauma and move toward a life of recovery. Our Place has drop-in centers, sober homes, events and trips, and therapist-led support group.

Project Extreme (Lawrence, NY) Crisis Helpline

The primary objective of Project Extreme’s Crisis Intervention Helpline is to connect the right people with the right resources. The Helpline is confidential, free of cost, and open to anyone of any age.

Refuat Hanefesh (Cleveland, OH)

Refuat Hanefesh provides educational and supportive materials to help members of the Jewish community educate themselves on mental health and wellness issues.

Relief (U.S.)

Relief helps make specific referrals based on each client’s unique circumstances. Relief exists to simplify the process of gathering mental and emotional health resource options for members of the Jewish community.

T’Shuva Center (Brooklyn, NY)

T’Shuvah Center is a Jewish recovery home and community for those suffering from any addiction. Based in Brooklyn, NY, T’Shuva Center integrates Jewish wisdom, text and ritual, psychotherapy, the 12 Steps, and spirituality to help those suffering find a path to recovery.

The Aleph Institute (FL)

The Aleph Institute provides free spiritual and assistance services for families, incarcerated individuals, those in mental health or addiction rehabilitation facilities, and military personnel. Their programs include reentry services, religious services, support and professional services, and advocacy programs.

The Blue Dove Foundation (Atlanta, GA)

​The Blue Dove Foundation strives to equip our Jewish community with tools to understand, support, and overcome the challenges presented by mental illness and substance use. They provide educational and informational resources, direct financial support and loans for those seeking treatment, and collaborative programs with schools, synagogues, and community centers.

 

The Jewish Recovery Center (Boca Raton, FL)

The Jewish Recovery Center provides referrals, screenings, and emergency placement for detox, as well as aftercare management including a Jewish sober house for those completing in-patient treatment. They also provide spiritual guidance classes, retreats, and supportive community events.

The Living Room (Brooklyn, NY)

The Living Room (TLR) is a program serving young adults, aged 18-35, who are part of a recovery community. Based in Brooklyn, NY, the mission of TLR is to encourage and support young people in their recovery process. The clinical team is also available to assess those in need of acute addictions treatment, episodes of mental health distress, and provide referrals to individual therapy.

YY House (Sherman Oaks CA)
The YY House is an organization to bring Jews in sobriety together through events and meetings.

 
 

For Parents/Educators

These are educational sites with activities, information, guidance and resources for parents and educators.

 

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to justice those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.

DEA Get Smart About Drugs  

DEA Drug Facts

DEA & Discovery Education Operation Prevention

DEA Campus Drug Prevention

 

Opioid Facts for Parents

An excerpt from the research done by the NIH (National Institute of Health) designed to help parents understand opioid and prescription drug misuse, spot warning signs, and help begin the conversation with their children.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA (The National Institute on Drug Abuse) is an offshoot program of the NIH, dedicated to providing resources for teens, teachers, and parents relating to substance use disorders, the dangers of substances, and young people’s health.

NIDA Lesson Plan & Activity Finder

NIDA Scholastic Head’s Up Education Series 

NIDA for Teens

 

SAMHSA Publications on Substances and Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency with the mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Natural High

​Natural High combines story-telling with scientific research to create resources for teens, parents, and educators to help young people find their true passions, and promote activities that uplift, motivate, and inspire them to live their healthiest, drug-free life.

 

For Teens

 

Get the facts on drugs and their effects. Videos, games, activities, true facts. These are great sites for teens to get accurate information about drugs and alcohol.

NIDA for Teens

NIDA for Teens provides interesting and easy-to-understand scientific facts for teens. All their research is for teens and about teens, and is a valuable source of information for anyone looking to learn more about substance use and addiction.

DEA Just Think Twice

DEA's teenager-geared part of their website, providing personal stories from famous people and individuals who recovered from addiction, as well as infographics, short videos, data, and tips for living a fulfilling drug-free life.

Head’s Up

Head’s Up provides videos, interactive games, fact sheets, and information about different substances and mental health issues for students of all ages, parents, and teachers.

Mental Health Help

MentalHealth.gov provides national talk lines, crisis lines, and resources for young people looking for help for their mental health.

Surgeon General Facts on E-Cigarettes

Find the most up-to-date research on E-Cigarettes, vapes, and nicotine done by the CDC, the Office of the US Surgeon General, and US Department of Health and Human Services.

NIH: SmokeFreeTeen

Many teens think that they can use tobacco without becoming addicted. But the truth is, most teens who use tobacco will get hooked. This is a resource for youth who are addicted to nictotine and want to quit.

Underage Drinking: Myths & Facts

​SAMSHA’s fact sheet on underage drinking myths, facts, and risks.

Youth.gov

​Youth.gov provides resources, information, different agencies, articles, and videos relating to substance use disorders and young people’s mental health and wellness.

Natural High

Natural High is a resource for teens to help young people find their true passions, and promote activities that uplift, motivate, and inspire them to live their healthiest, drug-free life.