Info & Resources

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve [their] world!
- Anne Frank

People's life experiences, perspectives, successes, as well as life difficulties and traumas vary dramatically. Addictions and disorders then add room for further diversity and complications. A range of severity exists in addictions and disorders because of frequency and length of substance or behavior abuse and the combination of co-existing addictions and influencing mental illnesses. Because people and addictions vary so dramatically, the way that we address and treat addiction should also vary from person to person.

There is a wide range of addiction recovery programs and treatment theories that have been attempted throughout time, and although some are more largely successful than others, we unfortunately have not yet found an end-all, cure-all formula that works for every addict. Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that about 40% to 60% of drug addicts will relapse from their plan on treatment. While the possibility of relapse is high, addiction treatment and recovery will help withstand with the ongoing psychological pressures and compulsions associated with addiction. Those that continue with treatment, even during their times with relapse, will have a much better chance at achieving full recovery.

There are many treatment options that are available to you as you start on your road to addiction recovery. The information below will inform you about these options so that you feel empowered to make the best decision for your recovery. If you still have questions about which treatment options you should pursue, please call our addiction advisors anytime. Calling is free, no-obligation, and anonymous. Call: (800) 260-1481

Regardless of which treatment option you choose, you should consider and evaluate each option with regards to the following topics:

· Affordability and accessibility

· Center licensing

· Staff credentials

· Length of program

· Types of addictions treated

· Level of individual care and program customization

· Program structure

· Medically supervised detox

· Program philosophies and foundational principles

· Group-specific programs

· Lifestyle and comfort level

· Post-program, ongoing support availability and level

· Modalities offered

· Treatment flexibility

· Dual-diagnosis treatment options

· Location

· Confidentiality​

The addiction resources listed on this page are provided by publishers and sources that are not affiliated with The Addiction Advisor. We recognize that we do not have all the answers related to addiction, treatment, or recovery, and we appreciate others for also publishing their research and findings on these topics so that we can offer them to you as additional resources. The views and claims expressed on the external websites below are not necessarily the views of The Addiction Advisor.

General Resources for Addicts

  1. 12-Step Program
  2. AA Meeting Locator
  3. Christian/LDS Addiction Recovery Program
  4. The Addiction Recovery Guide​
  5. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
  6. National Substance Abuse Index
  7. Sober Nation
  8. Help Guide's Overcoming Drug Addiction
  9. Pornography Addiction Statistics
  10. Sexual Recovery, Pornography Addiction
  11. United Way First Call for Help
  12. Crisis Hotline
  13. Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  14. Addiction Technology Transfer Center Program
  15. Addiction Treatment Forum
  16. National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
  17. Sober Courage
  18. Treatment Research Institute-TRI
  19. Hope for Addiction
  20. How To Rebuild Your Finances After Rehab

Government-Sponsored Resources for Addicts

  1. National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
  2. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  4. Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
  6. SAMHSA Treatment Locator
  7. SAMHSA Government Find Help
  8. HealthCare.Gov

Self-Help Resources for Addicts

  1. Scholarships for drug and alcohol rehab
  2. Online AA Meetings
  3. Center for On-Line Addiction (COLA)
  4. Food Addicts Anonymous
  5. Gamblers Anonymous
  6. Marijuana Anonymous (MA)
  7. Methadone Anonymous
  8. Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
  9. Nicotine Anonymous
  10. Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
  11. Recovery Zone
  12. Sex Addicts Anonymous (SAA)
  13. Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)
  14. SMART Recovery - Self-Management & Recovery Training (a non-12 Step Recovery program)

Book Titles and Guides for Addicts in Recovery

  1. A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Steps: The Classic Guide for All People in the Process of Recovery
  2. First Year Sobriety: When All That Changes Is Everything
  3. Alcoholics Anonymous "Big Book", 4th Edition
  4. Easy Does It Relationship Guide: For People in Recovery
  5. Overcoming Drug Addiction: Substance Abuse Treatment, Recovery, and Help
  6. Choosing a Drug Treatment Program: What to Look for in Substance Abuse Rehab
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health: Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
  8. Understanding Addiction: How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
  9. Alcohol: How to Give it Up and Be Glad You Did, A Sensible Approach
  10. Sex, Drugs, Gambling, & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions
  11. The Small Book: Rational Recovery Systems
  12. Mattress Help - Addiction Sleep

Resources for the Loved Ones of Addicts

  1. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation - Families
  2. Al-Anon
  3. Al-ATeen
  4. Christian/LDS Addiction Recovery Program- Family Support
  5. Co-Dependents Anonymous (CODA)
  6. Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA)
  7. COSA- Codependents of Sex Addicts
  8. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Helping a Family Member or Friend

Book Titles and Guides for the Loved Ones of Addicts

  1. Reclaim Your Family from Addiction: How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning
  2. The Family Enablers
  3. Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide
  4. Paths to Recovery: Al-Anon's Steps, Traditions, and Concepts
  5. How Al-Anon Works for Families and Friends