Resources

www.aa.org
Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Office
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who has a desire to stop drinking.

www.al-anon.alateen.org
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters
In Al-Anon/Alateen, members do not give direction or advice to other members. Instead, they share their personal experiences and stories, and invite other members to “take what they like and leave the rest”—that is, to determine for themselves what lesson they could apply to their own lives.

www.cdc.gov/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish the mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

www.ceadcouncil.org
The Central East Alcoholism and Drug (CEAD) Council is a community based, not-for-profit corporation offering services to address chemical abuse, dependency and other therapeutic needs. CEAD Council’s mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for behavioral health promotion and substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment through an ongoing process of needs assessment, remediation implementation and systematic evaluation of accomplishments.

Center on Young Adult Health and Development 

The Center on Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD) was established at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health in 2009. This research center is one of the first such centers in the United States specifically dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults.

cg-ti.org
The Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI) empowers youth with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-free life.  The institute makes this a reality by helping teens develop and strengthen leaderships skills, educate them to lead peers to reduce the frequency of substance use and other addictive behaviors, teach to advocate for positive change within their schools, communities, and local government, and encourage healthy decision making skills.

www.collegeparentsmatter.org/

College Parents Matter is a resource from the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. This website is designed to equip parents, with some tools and resources that will help engage in effective communication with a college-attending child. This website is designed to equip parents, with some tools and resources that will help engage in effective communication with a college-attending cIt provides some statistics about alcohol and related problems. However, the main focus is how to talk with your student. The website is organized by common situations that increase the risk for high-risk drinking, like the 21st birthday, spring break, and housing and roommates. Each page has a section on why the topic is important and a little bit of the research related to that topic, followed by two sections called “ Say this ” and “Not this”.   It provides tools and scripts to improve communication with the college student. Getting them to college is just the beginning… With good communication parents will guide students through the new experience.

www.dhs.state.il.us
The Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and the Division of Mental Health are part of the Illinois Department of Human Services. The mission of the Department of Human Services is to assist customers to achieve maximum self-sufficiency, independence and health through the provision of seamless, integrated services for individuals, families and communities.

www.drugabuse.gov
National Institute on Drug Abuse’s mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. This charge has two critical components. The first is the strategic support and conduct of research across a broad range of disciplines. The second is ensuring the rapid and effective dissemination and use of the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.

www.easyread.drugabuse.gov
This easy-to-read website talks about drug abuse, addiction, and treatment. It has pictures and videos to help readers understand the text. The website also can read each page out loud. The pages are easy to print out to share with people who do not have computers.

https://engage.youth.gov/ye4c-about 

Youth Engaged 4 Change (YE4C) was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) in partnership with youth and young adults. The site was created to encourage youth and young adults to shape programs, policies, and services that affect them, promote meaningful partnerships between youth and adults, share federal resources with youth and young adults, connect youth and young adults to opportunities funded by the federal government.

www.familyresourcectr.org
The Family Resource Center is a place for families to gain information about addiction; prevention of drug or alcohol use; and information about addiction treatment and recovery. It offers family focused resources and information. The site is made available from the Treatment Research Institute (TRI), a nonprofit translational research and policy organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

http://healthfinder.gov
Healthfinder.gov is a government website that provides resources on a wide range of health topics. The website is designed to convey the most reliable health information and tools available on the internet to help people stay healthy.

www.hhs.gov/ash/oah 
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) was established in 2010 to coordinate adolescent health promotion and disease prevention for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults.

http://www.icoyouth.org
The Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) is a collective voice for young people and community-based providers. By building the capacity of agencies that serve youth, they keep young people safe and healthy. ICOY works to strengthen the youth service system and the provider community that serves youth by promoting services that improve outcomes for youth, and reduce their involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

www.itonlytakesone.org
It Only Takes One campaign serves as an educational base for those interested in learning about suicide prevention and increasing public awareness around the need for suicide prevention efforts and activities in Illinois.

www.mentalhealth.gov
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information.

www.na.org
Narcotics Anonymous World Services
The primary purpose of an NA group is to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. The group provides each member with the opportunity to share and to hear the experience of other addicts who are learning to live a better way of life without the use of drugs. The group is the primary vehicle by which the message is carried. It provides a setting in which a newcomer can identify with recovering addicts and find an atmosphere of recovery.

www.ncadd.org 
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and its Affiliate Network was founded in 1944 to save lives and help families recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and the devastating consequences that alcohol and other drugs have on individuals, families and communities.

www.ncwd-youth.info/
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) works to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.

www.niaaa.nih.gov
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provides leadership in the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems guided by the mission to lead the nation’s research efforts on alcohol use and abuse. NIAAA supports research conducted within the Institute, as well as in institutions around the world.

operationsnowballinc.org                                                                                                                                                                                                              Operation Snowball is an alcohol and other drug use prevention program based in Springfield, Illinois focusing on leadership development to empower youth to lead drug-free lives. Operation Snowball is founded on the belief that youth and adults can make responsible decisions when provided with factual information and an opportunity to develop an understanding of one’s self and motivations.

www.prevention.org 
Prevention First, Inc. is a statewide resource center whose mission is to build community capacity to prevent substance abuse by providing training and technical assistance and raising public awareness.

www.samhsa.gov
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.

www.stopalcoholabuse.gov
Stop Alcohol Abuse
The website is the portal for the Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking (ICCPUD) and your gateway to comprehensive research and resources on prevention.

www.stopbullying.gov
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.

www.teens.drugabuse.gov
This National Institute on Drug Abuse website is created for middle and high school students and their teachers. It provides accurate and timely information including many highly engaging multimedia activities that cover the basics of drug use as well as more sophisticated neuroscience topics. These sections are designed for students to explore independently.

www.thecoolspot.gov
The Cool Spot is a Web site for middle school students. It is the young teen’s place for information on alcohol and resisting peer pressure. It is sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). NIAAA is a component of the National Institutes of Health, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content is based on a curriculum developed by the University of Michigan.

www.thenytc.org/aboutcollab

The Youth Transitions Collaborative is a powerful community of more than 45 organizations that share a common mission: to empower youth and young people with disabilities as they enter adulthood and the world of work.  They also share the belief that young people have the ability to succeed.

www.toosmarttostart.samhsa.gov
Too Smart To Start
Too Smart To Start is a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through this initiative, SAMHSA provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help them conduct an underage alcohol use prevention program. The materials are designed to educate youth about the harms of alcohol use and to support parents and caregivers as they participate in their children’s activities.

www.youngpeopleinrecovery.org
Young People in Recovery changes the world so all young people in or seeking recovery are given the opportunity to become empowered. Chapters support young people by empowering them to obtain stable employment, secure suitable housing, and explore continuing education. Chapters also advocate on the local and state levels for better accessibility of these services and other effective recovery resources.

www.youth.gov
YOUTH.gov is the U.S. government website that helps create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. It is composed of representatives from 18 federal agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.