Addiction Resource Guide
This site lists substance abuse treatment facilities that provide individualized care and cater to women only or address problems that may be particularly relevant for women including domestic violence, pregnancy, overeating, anorexia, or bulimia.
American Society of Addiction Medicine
ASAM is the nation’s medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism and other addictions. The Web site is geared to health professionals; however, it also contains helpful consumer information, including links to an extensive list of recovery and treatment centers.
SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) site allows visitors to search for substance abuse treatment facilities by location and then to narrow the field further to facilities just for women or that offer free assistance.
Self-Help Recovery Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This site provides information about the AA program.
This fellowship is for people who have been affected by someone else's drinking-- parents, children, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters, other family members, friends, employers, employees, and coworkers of alcoholics. The site provides information about the programs and how to locate a meeting in your area.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Modeled after Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women who are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. NA is open to any drug addict who wishes to become drug-free, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. This site contains information on meeting locations.
Nicotine Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives. Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids. The primary purpose of Nicotine Anonymous to help all those who would like to cease using tobacco and nicotine products in any form.
Prescription Anonymous, Inc.
Rx Anonymous is a voluntary fellowship of men and women who have taken a pledge to carry a message of hope to the millions of people who suffer from addiction to prescription drug and/or other mood-altering substances. The Web site offers online support, news and information.
Women for Sobriety is a non-profit self-help organization of women dedicated to helping other women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. This Web site helps women locate a New Life Program meeting close to them.
American Cancer Society
Homepage of the American Cancer Society, this site provides information about the links between addiction and cancer.
American Council for Drug Education
DrugHelp is a private, non-profit information and referral network providing information on specific drugs and treatment options, and referrals to public and private treatment programs, self-help groups, family support groups and crisis centers throughout the United States. Drug Help is a service of the American Council for Drug Education, an affiliate of Phoenix House.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
A key area of philanthropic support for the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is support for women’s health and health education. In 1995, it developed the Global Women’s Health Education program which generates initiatives to help enhance women’s health worldwide through education, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and access to care. Since its inception, more than $10 million has been invested in programs that educate women about diseases and conditions that pose unique threats to women. Publications related to these initiatives can be found on the Web site.
This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is aimed at teaching nine- to 13-year old girls and their parents how to stay alcohol, tobacco and drug-free.
The March of Dimes homepage offers information on the effects of substance abuse on pregnancy and children.
National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
The mission of NAATP, a membership organization of treatment providers, is to promote, assist and enhance the delivery of ethical, effective, research-based treatment for alcoholism and other drug addictions. It provides treatment related information to its members and the public and advocates for increased access to and availability of quality treatment for those who suffer from alcoholism and other drug addictions.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence provides education and information to the public and advocates for prevention, intervention and treatment through offices in New York and Washington, and a nationwide network of Affiliates. The site includes information on women, alcohol and drugs.
National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
NCPIE is a coalition of organizations whose mission is to stimulate and improve communication of information on appropriate medicine use to consumers and healthcare professionals. NCPIE develops programs and provides educational resources.
National Women's Health Resource Center
The National Women's Health Resource Center, Inc. (NWHRC) helps women educate themselves about health topics important to women, including substance abuse. The non-profit organization, dedicated to helping women make informed decisions about their health, encourages women to embrace healthy lifestyles to promote wellness and prevent disease.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org
The Partnership at Drugfree.org is a nonprofit coalition of communication, health, medical and educational professionals working to reduce illicit drug use and help people live healthy, drug-free lives. The Partnership designs research-based, educational media campaigns and public service announcements and disseminates them through all forms of media, including TV, radio and print advertisements and the Internet. This site offers useful information for parents and teens as well as information for those seeking help with their own or a loved-one’s substance abuse problem.
Prevention Online (Prevline)
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is a comprehensive source of information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. The site allows the user to search for publications specific to women and substance abuse.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University
CASA’s missions are to inform Americans of the economic and social costs of substance abuse and its impact on their lives; assess what works in prevention, treatment, and law enforcement; encourage every individual and institution to take responsibility to combat substance abuse and addiction; provide those on the front lines with the tools they need to succeed; and remove the stigma of abuse and replace shame and despair with hope. This Web site offers reports issued by the Center that can be downloaded free, including three major reports on substance abuse and women on which this book is based. It also includes the complete bibliography for this publication.
Women’s Addiction Foundation
This Web site of the Canadian organization Women’s Addiction Foundation contains a large variety of fact sheets on the relationship of addiction to alcohol, tobacco and drugs and topics ranging from depression to relationship violence to disordered eating. Another section provides links to other sites for special populations such as young women, older women and lesbians as well as sites that deal with specific substances such as benzodiazepines.
American Legacy Foundation
The Web site for the American Legacy Foundation, and a partner site, www.quitnet.com offer practical tips for quitting smoking.
Homepage of the American Lung Association, this site provides information on smoking, its links to lung cancer, and tobacco control.
This site of the American Medical Women’s Association provides information on the health risks of smoking to women and describes techniques for quitting smoking.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site provides information on the health risks of smoking and provides facts on quitting and health consequences of smoking.
Report of the Surgeon General: Women and Smoking
This report, released on March 27, 2001, highlights the health impact of smoking among girls and women. It is a comprehensive review of the literature which summarizes patterns of tobacco use among women, factors associated with starting and continuing to smoke, the health consequences of smoking, tobacco marketing targeted at women, and cessation and prevention interventions.
Smoke Free Families
The Smoke-Free Families program is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Their web site offers reasons to quit, tips for quitting, and resources to help quit, with a special emphasis on the importance of quitting while pregnant.
A service of Join Together to determine “how much is too much.”
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
This National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism publication, Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue, describes safe vs. problem drinking for women and indicates areas for future research. From the NIAAA homepage, the reader can search for extensive information on women and alcohol.
This site covers a variety of topics relating to women and alcohol, summarizing government reports, academic research and information from other Web sites.
From the National Institute on Drug Abuse homepage, the reader can search for extensive listings on women and drugs. The site provides links to a collection of notes describing research on women’s health and gender differences relating to drug abuse.
Prescription Drug Abuse
This Web site offers information, news and research about addiction to prescription drugs. The site posts stories of recovery from addicts and family members; it also features a discussion forum, lists of commonly abused drugs and an “Ask the Doctor” page.
Sources: Adapted from Colvin, R. (2002). Prescription drug addiction. The hidden epidemic. A guide to coping and understanding. Omaha, NE: Addicus Books, and information from the World Wide Web.