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NHM Health Focus:
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

September 2009

      drug abuse recovery

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Recovery
Recovery Month (SAMHSA)
Your Doctor Can Help (AAFP)
Online Library: Tool Chest & Homework (SmartRecovery®)
Telephone-Based Continuing Care Sustains Abstinence (NIDA)
How to Cope After Treatment (PDA)

Drug and Alcohol Information
Commonly Abused Drugs (NIDA)
FREE Alcohol and Drug Information (SAMHSA)
Drug Abuse (MedlinePlus,NLM)
Medicine Safety (CDC)
Online Databases (SAMHSA)

For Teens
The Science Behind Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Mind over Matter
Dealing with Addiction (KidsHealth, Nemours)
Making the Most of Setbacks (AADAC)

For Kids and Pre-Teens
  – The Cool Spot: Alcohol & Resisting Peer Pressure (NIAAA)
  – For Kids Only (D.A.R.E)
  – AADAC for Kids (AADAC)
  – Mom and Dad Are Using Drugs (Cleveland Clinic)

For Teachers and Parents
  – NIDA Goes Back to School (NIDA)
  – Resources for Parents and Teachers (NIDA)
  – Kids and Alcohol (AAFP)
  – Lesson Plans and Classroom Materials (AADAC)
  – Talking with Kids About Alcohol & Drugs (Children Now, KFF)

  – Partners for Recovery
  – Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
  – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  – Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment
  – American Council for Drug Education
  – Partnership for a Drug-Free America

Each September, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month celebrates the successes of those in recovery, commends their treatment providers, and disseminates the message that recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders in all its forms is possible.

"Recovery from substance dependence is a voluntarily maintained lifestyle characterized by sobriety, personal health and citizenship.." Betty Ford Center

"Through scientific advances we now know much more about how exactly drugs work in the brain, and we also know that drug addiction can be successfully treated to help people stop abusing drugs and resume their productive lives." NIDA

"As in recovery from alcoholism, recovery from drug addiction is considered an ongoing process rather than a cure. Rehabilitation programs for drug addiction include Alcoholics Anonymous, Rational Recovery, and Narcotics Anonymous." (AGS)

These Web sites, and those in the sidebar, will connect you to information, local providers and other resources that will help you help yourself or someone else:

Even the smallest action has the potential to improve the quality of life of those who are recovering, their families and their friends.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to drug and alcohol abuse:

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