Do you think someone close to you has an substance abuse problem? Do
you have a problem with substance abuse? Either way, there's no need to
go it alone. You need support right now and the organizations below can
lend a hand. Don't worry; they're there to help you. You won't get in
trouble or blamed for anything.
Self-help groups can complement and extend the effects of professional treatment.
The most prominent self-help groups are those affiliated with Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and Cocaine Anonymous (CA), all of which are based on the 12-step model, and Smart Recovery® which is based on a cognitive-behavioral
(thinking/doing) model. Most drug addiction treatment programs
encourage patients to participate in a self-help group during and after
Addiction Help Line
Submit a request for a referral on this site, and it will help direct
you to the nearest and most appropriate treatment centers.
This is a support group for family members and friends of alcoholics.
Call: (888) 4AL-ANON
Alcohol and Drug Problems Association of North America
The ADPANA addresses the prevention and recovery of alcohol and substance abuse.
Call: (314) 589-6702.
Alcohol and Other Drug Information for Teens
This informational page by the National Children's Coalition offers
facts about drugs and alcohol, teen recovery groups, and a drug and
alcohol resource center.
American Council for Drug Education
The ACDE is a prevention and education agency against substance abuse.
This website includes a helpful list of symptoms associated with
Chemically Dependent Anonymous
12-step fellowship that does not make distinctions in the recovery
process based on any particular substance, believing that the
addictive-compulsive usage of chemicals is the core of addictive
disease and the use of any mood-changing chemical will result in
12-step recovery to individuals who are suffering from cocaine addiction.
Chrystal Meth Anonymous
12-Step fellowship of men and women who share their experience,
strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth.
Family First Aid
Parents and other adults should know the signs of teen drug abuse so
they can get help for teens who have a problem with drug use and abuse.
12-step recovery fellowship.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
NA is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts.
Call: (818) 773-9999
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
This organization provides resources and referrals related to drug and alcohol abuse.
Call: (800) 729-6686
National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
This organization provides education, information, and help in the fight against alcohol and other drug addictions.
Call: (800) NCA-CALL
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
This branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) leads efforts to
reduce alcohol-related problems through research and education. The
website includes related news, publications, clinical trials, and FAQs.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA offers a science-based drug abuse education program for students, news, information, and resources.
National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans through advocacy, education, research, and service.
12- step fellowship of men and women helping each other live nicotine-free lives.
Self-Help Sourcebook Online
Searchable database that includes information on over 800+ national,
international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas
for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop
needed new national or international groups.
Face-to-face and online mutual help groups to help people recover from
all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcoholism, substance abuse, gambling addiction, and addiction to other behaviors.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing underage
drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and destructive decisions.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This federal agency strives to improve the quality and availability of
prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce
illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from
substance abuse and mental illnesses.
Call: (800) 789-2647.
This site includes links to online anti-smoking resources.
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you’ve always wanted to ask. So take a look around, then let us know
what you think about it. You might make a really good point about
something, then see what others think about it as well. It’s getting
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I'm Adam. I joined this web site because I really appreciate what In
Search of Me Cafe is trying to do. When I was faced with tough choices
I never really had a lot of people to talk to. Often I was embarrassed
asking for advice on awkward stuff from my friends and family. I think
if there had been an In Search of Me Cafe when I was making tough
decisions it would have really helped me.
enough about why I like this site so much. I have always liked to party
and I love chillin’ with my friends. Obviously partying can lead to
some tough life choices; I had my first alcoholic drink when I was 13.
That may seem pretty young but I grew up in Europe where the legal age
was 16. Yes I know... that’s still underage.
I was underage. It’s easy to drink when your friends drink. Needless to
say, from the first drink till now, I have experienced a lot. Partying
was probably the best tool in learning about me which may seem strange
but I really learned a lot about how I treat my friends and
relationships, how I trust …you name it. Good times and bad I have
gained valuable life lessons. If you ever need to talk about stuff or
you have a question you’re burning to ask or if you just wanna share
stories. Go ahead and holler. I won’t judge and it’s pretty hard to
faze me. I’ll give you my honest opinion and you never know, you may
have an experience that’ll teach me some things too.
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“Up until this year I was picked on a lot and it really brings down
your self esteem. Kids don't think about how they're really affecting
other people with their words and eventually the other kids' self
esteem goes down and down and they start to believe what the bullies
are saying. After a while you just start to give up and think, ‘Oh,
what's the point. I suck anyway’ and your grades and everything else
Hey, I’m Chelsi.
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Each morning I see in my mind what I’m working hard to obtain. I
know I can achieve anything I set my mind on by putting in the time
& effort needed. I believe one can learn from every experience. I
like to ‘take the best and leave the rest’!“
a rule I don’t like talking about myself. However, I want you to know
a little about me, the “teen” likely not much different than you and
thinking a lot of the same things and having similar questions etc.
I try to treat everyone with respect and kindness, just as I would
hope to be treated! Hopefully I can help answer questions you may have
or concerns you don’t want to discuss with an adult… you know
Here’s a bit of what I like to do…. I love
hanging with my friends at the movies or the mall, and staying in with
my family. I love music, sometimes when I’m upset or “heartbroken” I go
in my room and just listen to music. It just lets me cool off and just
not have to think.
Although I’m only 13 on paper, I’m
told I’m much wiser than my years. If there is a problem, I am the
first person anyone calls. I may be nice but, if someone hurts anyone I
know (whether I like ya or not) they are in trouble… haha. They call me
“the haha queen” because I can make any situation funny.
hope after hearing this little bit “about me” you want to ask me your
questions, and if you just want to chat, I’d love to. I like meeting
“And it's now, now or never when we're chasing our dreams.” -Mercy Mercedes
“I'd like to make myself believe that planet Earth turns slowly.” -Owl City
“Do you know what's worth fighting for? When it's not worth dying for?” –Green Day
What my friends have to say About me - Chelsi♥ ……
like talking to you because you can always make me feel good about
myself and make me happy no matter what. I like you as a person because
you really are a great friend and I thank you for being there for me,
and you’re just fun to be with.” -Jessie
hard.. To put into words.. The uncanny ability you have to put a smile
on my face and that’s just online, from reading the nearly poetic
replies. Where as over the phones it’s near impossible to explain the
warmth that washes over me when I hear your voice. For some reason when
I heard you for the first time. Chelsi you inspired my first poem I wrote … -Sean
Hey, I’m Brittany
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“When people go to parties just to hang out, other people come and
bring drinks or cigarettes, and try to get you to do it. They keep
trying and trying to get you to drink or smoke, and you might be
tempted do it because you want to be known as a cool person.”
Hey, I’m Trent
“I have cousins my same age and younger who are Haitian and Filipino,
which allows me to connect with other cultures. Even with different
styles and different issues, these other teenagers still have some of
the same dramas we have here in America, such as peer pressure.” Hey, I’m Trent
Hey, I’m Forrest
“You can post video blogs on this site -- voice your opinions about
topics here as well as responses to what others are saying in their
blogs. So it kinda builds upon itself.”
Hey, I’m Connor
Hi, I’m Connor Cottle. I’m 17 and a junior at Fernandina Beach
High School in northeast Florida. As an only child, my friends are
really important to me, so I’m either hanging out with them or texting
them when we’re apart.
I spend my free time on the tennis court, the golf course, and at the beach. I volunteer
frequently around my community and enjoy every minute of it.
am also the Lead Youth Advisor of the In Search of Me Café program and
I’m involved because I like how connecting teens all over the world can
help them help themselves.
I’m always around if you need any advice or if you just want to hang out.
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