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The following resources provide information on drugs of abuse, prevention, and treatment.

Disclaimer: Resources on this website, including publications, treatment centers and individual providers are provided as a community service. The information or services offered may not be appropriate in your situation. Please discuss your personal needs with your health care provider.

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Prevention Resources

NEW! Get Smart About Drugs

This site from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a resource for parents. Learn the facts about drugs and how to identify and prevent drug use.

NEW! Just Think Twice

A website specifically for teens that shatters myths about drugs and drug abuse. Includes advice and stories from teens to teens about drugs.

NEW! Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada

The Partnership for a Drug-Free Canada is working to create a movement to inspire and support parents to prevent drug abuse.

Cannabis Skunk Sense (CanSS)

CanSS is a UK-based charity that raises awareness of the continuing and growing threat to children, teenagers, and their families posed by cannabis use.

Marijuana and Kids: It's a Big Deal

This fact sheet presents the key facts parents and their teens need to know about the harmful effects of marijuana use. Marijuana use is not safe. It is addicting and negatively impacts mental health. Marijuana is not "medicine." Parents are the most important influence on their children's decision to use or not to use marijuana. Parents are encouraged to make sure their teens know they should not use marijuana and the many reasons why.

Parenting Practices: Help Reduce the Chances Your Child Will Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem.

This guide provided by the Partnership at outlines six key research-based ways to reduce future drug and alcohol problems. Parents often think that friends are more important to their teenager than they are. But studies and clinical experience suggest that parents can influence their teens.

DuPont, R.L., & Bucher, R.H. (2012). Guide to Responsible Family Drug and Alcohol Testing. Rockville, MD: Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

This guide is written to help families understand why a no-use drug and alcohol prevention standard that includes drug testing can be an important part of building a successful, happy family -- and future for your child.

Parents 360 - Synthetic Drugs: Bath Salts, K2/Spice: A Guide for Parents and Other Influencers

This is a community education presentation provided by The Partnership at that helps parents and other adults learn how to communicate effectively with their children, specific to synthetic drugs such as "bath salts" and K2/Spice.

Marijuana Resource Center

Published by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), this center provides answers to frequently asked questions about marijuana and information on federal and state laws related to marijuana.
Marijuana: What Parents Need to Know
Published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this guide provides facts about marijuana for parents and offers tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects.
Califano, Joseph A. (2009). How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents. Simon and Schuster, New York.
This is a practical book for parents to set rules and expectations helping kids stay drug-free. Available from CASA Columbia and Amazon.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA provides information for both parents and teachers including curriculum guides, and posters. See also NIDA for Teens.
NIDA Easy-to-Read Drug Facts
The website uses simple language, navigation, design, and features to address many of the common barriers to accessing information. It is an ideal resource for anyone interested in learning more about drug abuse.
Parents: The Anti-Drug
A comprehensive site for parents addressing topics such as tips for monitoring kids after-school activities.
The Parent Toolkit
Your Child: Advice by Age has videos and corresponding pages (most relevant are those for 10th-12th grade; college; young adult). Also other pages deal with suggestions from experts about what to do if parents suspect drug use, what to look for, and how to have an open conversation with your child.
Time to Talk
The Talk Kit provides age-specific examples of how parents can communicate no-use expectations and convey the health effects of drugs, and deal with answering questions about their own history of drug use.
Time to Act
This site offers advice to parents who think their child may be using drugs and those who know their child is using drugs.
Not In My House
This site focuses on nonmedical prescription drug use and how to monitor, secure and dispose of prescription drugs to prevent abuse.
The Community of Concern
A Maryland-based group committed to helping keep youth off drugs.
Thoughts on Recovery from Patients
Videos of individuals report the most important things they have learned through addiction and recovery.

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Treatment Resources

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: Know What to Ask

This guide published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers guidance in seeking drug abuse treatment and lists five questions to ask when searching for a treatment program.
A nation-wide, web- and phone-based resource for parents when a child is using drugs and alcohol. Call 1-855-DRUGFREE.
Family Support Center
Family Support Center (FSC) is a nonprofit social service organization helping both independent and public schools prevent, recognize, and overcome mental health and behavior problems in children and adolescents from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. FSC offers a full range of prevention and mental health services to schools in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Kolmac Clinic
Locations in the DC/Baltimore area. Intensive day-treatment for addiction for people 18 years of age and up. Lots of information about drug and alcohol addiction on their website. Call (301) 589-0255.
Suburban Hospital
A comprehensive outpatient and inpatient treatment for adolescents as well as crisis intervention. Call (301) 896-2036.
SAMHSA Treatment Finder
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services maintains an up-to-date nation-wide referral network.

First Concerns

First Concerns provides teenagers, young adults, and their families in the Bethesda, MD area expert assessment, guidance, education and counseling when confronting the threats and consequences of alcohol or drug use.

Pathways Alcohol & Drug Treatment Center

Located in Annapolis, MD, Pathways offers inpatient and outpatient programs for adolescents and adults with alcohol and/or drug addiction.

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Helpful Books

Conyers, B. (2009). Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts. Center City, Minnesota: Hazelden. A family-focused guide for the early weeks of addiction treatment.

Available at Hazelden and Amazon.
DuPont, Robert L. The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction. Hazelden. Minnesota, 2000. A comprehensive book about the science of the brain and the contributions of family and community to addiction.
Available at Hazelden and Amazon.
Ketcham, K. & Pace, N. A. (2003). Teens Under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs - How to Recognize the Problem and What to Do About It. This book combines true stories from adolescent drug users with facts based on scientific research. New York: Ballantine Books.
Available at Amazon.

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Drug-Free Australia

Drug Free Australia is a peak body, representing organizations and individuals who value the health and wellbeing of Australia. It plays a key role as a community voice, staying in touch with every day Australians via newsletters, community forums and the media, to ensure a clear message of healthy, drug free lifestyles is assured for generations to come.

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