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September 2006

NHM Health Focus: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Recovery
Recovery Month 2006 (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 Addiction (MedlinePlus,NLM)
Prescription Drug Use and Abuse (FDA)
Online Databases

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... is the experience of a meaningful, productive life within the limits imposed by a history of addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. Recovery is both the acceptance and transcendence of limitation." NCADDNJ

"Recent scientific research provides overwhelming evidence that not only do drugs interfere with normal brain functioning creating powerful feelings of pleasure, but they also have long-term effects on brain metabolism and activity. At some point, changes occur in the brain that can turn drug abuse into addiction, a chronic, relapsing illness. Those addicted to drugs suffer from a compulsive drug craving and usage and cannot quit by themselves. Treatment is necessary to end this compulsive behavior." 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 abuse: