Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information--SAMHSA (Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
A federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS)--it provides concrete information about the misuse of illicit
and legal drugs, and alcohol abuse. Information related to treatment
and rehabilitation also is provided.
Addiction Search (Emil
This site's goal is to provide links to reliable resources organized within the following topics: addictions,
statistics, populations, treatment, prevention, social issues, organizations, and
the "War on Drugs."
Recovery (RR) Center
(Rational Recovery Systems, Inc., Jack and Lois
Created as a response to the limited choices in the field of
addictions, RR's primary architect, Jack Trimpey, is
vehemently anti-AA. This site provides commercial programs
and that use the Addictive Voice Recognition Technique
(AVRT) to assist with overcoming specific addictions. Also,
articles, essays, and interactive exchanges with both
supporters and critics are included.
(Self-Management and Recovery Training)
A national, not-for-profit, and abstinence-based program,
which offers free self-help groups for recovery from
addictive behavior. The leader for group meetings is a
volunteer behavioral health professional with a
specialization in the treating addictive behavior. SMART
Recovery brings the theoretical perspectives and techniques
of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and techniques
for relapse prevention, motivation, and behavioral change
within a self-help program. In addition to site-based
support groups, SMART Recovery has online meetings, message
boards, and listservs. See also: Local
Affiliates' Web sites
for Sobriety, Inc.
With the motto: "We are capable and competent, caring and
compassionate, always willing to help another; bonded
together in overcoming our addictions," this not-for-profit
organization is dedicated to helping women overcome
alcoholism and other addictions. Weekly groups, not to
exceed 1.5 hours, are lead by a WFS certified moderator who
is familiar with the WFS program and philosophy. An archive
(1997 to present) of Articles
by Jean (i.e., Jean Kirkpatrick, PhD) is available.
SOS is an alternative recovery method for alcoholics and
drug addicts who are uncomfortable with the spiritual
content of many 12-Step programs. Sobriety is a separate
issue from religion or spirituality; therefore, it may be
attained and maintained without relying on a "Higher Power."
Local meetings are held at sites within the U.S. and
throughout Europe. A bulletin board service is available at
this Web site.
A portal with links to many resources related to recovery
from compulsive and dysfunctional behavior patterns. Many
directories are used to organize links to Web sites that
provide information, commercial products, and online support
MM is a program created by Audrey Kishline in 1993, and
her 1994 book, Moderate Drinking: The New Option for
Problem Drinkers is a formal statement of MM's
principles and practices. MM posits that alcohol abuse (or
being a problem drinker) is a learned behavior pattern, and
not a disease. Kishline's development of MM was based on her
unsatisfactory experience with abstinence and step programs,
primarily, AA. MM is non-commercial, and it has 14 chapters
in the U.S. and Canada that provide site meetings. The
national organization has some online support options.
Special Note: In July 2000, the creator of MM (i.e., Audrey
Kishline), plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide
in the State of Washington. She allegedly took a leave from
the MM program in January 2000, and returned to AA. An
alcohol intoxication level three times the legal limit in
Washington lead to the death of a father and his 12-year old
daughter in April of the same year. Therefore, some
individuals question efficacy of MM, and doubt that it will
remain as a viable program.