Advocacy and Government Relations

CSAT – Center for Substance Abuse and Treatment

A Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Advisory Committee (SAMHSA) that contributes to substance abuse needs and issues in the community and the media.

Facing Addiction in America

Facing Addiction Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction.

ONDCP – Office of National Drug Control Policy

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy advises the President on drug-control issues and coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the Federal government.

NCADD – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

NCADD is the leading advocacy organization in the world addressing alcoholism and drug dependence.

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Governmental Agencies

CDC – Center for Disease Control and Prevention

As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

DEA – Drug Enforcement Agency

Enforces the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

An agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation of food safety, tobacco and other products.

IHS – Indian Health Service

An agency of the Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services. The IHS provides a comprehensive health services delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives with opportunity for maximum tribal involvement in developing and managing programs to meet their health needs. The goal of the IHS is to raise the health status of American Indian and Alaska Native people to the highest possible level.

NIAAA – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

NREPP – National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)

NREPP is a searchable online registry of more than 350 substance use and mental health interventions provided by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

NIDA – National Institute of Drug Abuse

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a United States federal-government research institute whose mission is to “lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.”

NIH – National Institutes of Health

A part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the largest biomedical research agency in the world.

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

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Professional Organizations

AAAP – American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is a professional membership organization for learning and sharing about the art and science of Addiction Psychiatry research and clinical treatment.

AATOD – American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence

The American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) was founded in 1984 to enhance the quality of patient care in treatment programs by promoting the growth and development of comprehensive opioid treatment services throughout the United States.

AMA – American Medical Association

The American Medical Association, founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the U.S.

AOAAM – American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine

The AOAAM is the primary organization that represents the interests of osteopathic physicians involved in the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse.

APA – American Psychiatric Association

APA has more than 37,000 members involved in psychiatric practice, research, and academia representing the diversity of the patients for whom they care.

ARH – Alcohol Rehab Help

ARH helps guide those struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD), substance use disorders (SUD), and co-occurring mental health disorders find rehabilitation and treatment resources.

ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine

An addiction medicine professional organization dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addiction.

IntNSA – International Nurses Society on Addictions

A professional specialty organization founded for nurses working in the field of addiction disorders.

NAABT – National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment

A non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public about opioid addiction and the buprenorphine treatment option.

NAATP – National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers

This professional membership organization represents nearly 275 non-profit and for-profit providers of drug and alcohol treatment centers throughout the U.S.

NAADAC – National Association of Addiction and Drug Abuse Counselors

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) is the premier global organization of addiction focused professionals who enhance the health and recovery of individuals, families and communities.

NACoA – National Association for Children of Alcoholics

NACoA is the only national membership organization focusing on the children of parents struggling with alcohol or substance abuse.

NADCP – National Association of Drug Court Professionals

A group of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and clinical professionals seeking to improve the justice system by combining effective treatment for drug-using offenders and judicial monitoring.

PROP – Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing

A membership organization whose mission is to reduce the damaging effects of opioids and to promote safer, more responsible methods of opioid treatment.

PCSS-O Training – Prescribers’ Clinical System for Opioid Therapies

A consortium of major stakeholders and constituency groups with interests in safe and effective use of opioid medications. Featured online modules are available to support training in the treatment of opioid dependence treatment.

SAHM – Society for Adolescent Medicine

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is a multidisciplinary organization committed to improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of adolescents and young adults through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, professional development and research.

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Treatment and Recovery Resources

Resources for helping connect those with addictions, and their loved ones, to the help they need to put their lives back together.

Information on addiction and addiction treatment. Reliable and comprehensive resources, advice, tips and guides to help all those affected by addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous

An international movement to provide treatment for alcoholics using a Twelve Step program and group meetings.


Al-Anon/Alateen, Al-Anon Family Groups and Al-Anon are different names for a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine 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 recover from their addiction.

Find comprehensive resources and guides for substance use recovery based on location. focuses on connecting people with the right treatment programs in each community.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) describes itself as a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.

Find local addiction recovery centers, explore drug and alcohol treatment resources and connect with others in recovery.

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: What to Ask: NIDA

Offers five important questions to ask when looking for an effective treatment program.

Find the Best Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers to treat your drug addiction, dual diagnosis or mental health condition.

The Support Group Project

Whether you are caring for a loved one who is struggling with an addiction or you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the right support group can make all the difference during this challenging time.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator: SAMHSA

A comprehensive database for substance abuse Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

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Public Education/Campaigns


This site and many of the Above the Influence ads that you see were originally created as a part of the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a program of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Easy-to-Read Drug Facts

Plain language drug facts, audio, and videos from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders as well as celebrate the people who recover.

The Anonymous People

A feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

The Hungry Heart

An intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction.


Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation that addiction causes families.

WARNING: Take Only as Directed

A free short film musical and curriculum, based on a personal tragedy, that will serve to reduce teen prescription drug abuse. Available to download on the film’s website.

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Evidence (reports, guidelines, research)

ASAM National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) developed this National Practice Guideline for the Use of Medications in the Treatment of Addiction Involving Opioid Use to provide information on evidence-based treatment of opioid use disorder.

CDC – Understanding the Epidemic

Comprehensive information about the drug abuse epidemic in the U.S.

Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction

This TIP, Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction, provides consensus and evidence‐based guidance on the use of buprenorphine, a new option for the treatment of opioid addiction.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs

This TIP, Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Opioid Treatment Programs, incorporates the many changes in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction (MAT) that have occurred over the most active decade of change since the inception of this treatment modality approximately 40 years ago.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use — United States, 2006–2015

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain — United States, 2016

NDEWS National Drug Early Warning System

NDEWS monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States.

Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences.

World Health Organization – Substance Abuse

Resources on the worldwide issues of substance abuse.

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