Links to Helpful Websites

Self-Help Information and Groups

SMART Recovery
SMART stands for Self Management And Recovery Training. SMART Recovery® offers free scientifically based mutual help groups (including groups online) for abstaining from any addictive behavior (alcohol, other substances, or activities). See

Women For Sobriety
This is another of the original alternatives to AA. WFS helps individuals with its Thirteen Statements of Acceptance. In contrast to the 12 Steps, these are non-religious thoughtsthat help members become more self-reliant in everyday life and achieve a lasting and successful recovery. Visit their site:

LifeRing Secular Recovery
For a secular approach to alcoholism and addiction treatment offering meetings across the U.S. and also a wealth of information on how to recover from addictions, visit

16 Step Groups
Charlotte Kasl has developed an empowering alternative to AA groups. Instead of AA’s 12 Steps that take a spiritual and moral slant, she offers “16 Steps for Discovery and Empowerment” and a plan for group meetings based on these steps. Check

The Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
See for extensive information on alternative treatment approaches as well as distinguished, professional advice from a rebel in the addiction treatment community.

Practical Recovery Services
PRS offers an alternative to the 12-step approach. At PRS individuals are not labeled “alcoholics” or “addicts.” Addictive behavior is understood as a complex maladaptive behavior, rather than a disease. See

Overview of Addiction Support Groups
There are Support groups for all types of addictions and all types of people. And there are hundreds of support groups full of compassionate members around the United States for you to consider. Here’s a thorough list from Pinnacle Peak Recovery:


Online Resources and Directories

Signs of Drug Use in Young Adults
As substance abuse numbers are on the rise in the United States, it helps to be aware of the signs. Here is a webpage revealing the Signs of Drug Use in Young Adults.

Concerned about Symptoms of PTSD?
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. Traumatic events can include natural disasters or serious accidents, as well as physical, mental and sexual abuses, war, and combat. Here’s a link to a self-test to help you determine if you suffer from this disorder: PTSD Self-Test.

Types of Meditation
There are many kinds of meditation that can benefit you by reducing stress, managing anxiety, and helping to control addictions. So how do you find what suits you best? Here’s an article covering the basics of 8 types of meditation: Types of Meditation.

How to Protect and Retain Executives with Addiction Problems
This page examines substance use disorder (SUD) in business executives and presents treatments that help these employees recover from SUD and retain their positions: Protect and Retain Executives with Addiction Problems.

How to Help an Addict when They Think They Don’t Need Help
There are ways to help an addict overcome their substance abuse disorder even when they appear resistant to treatment. This website offers suggestions and has an e-book you can download for free: How to Help an Addict.

17 Ways to Stay Sober When You’re Stuck at Home
In today’s world, attempting recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic poses challenges. Here’s an article by Irina Gonzalez to help you get through it: 17 Ways to Stay Sober When You’re Stuck at Home | The Temper.

How to Get Someone into Rehab
Helping a loved one get into rehab may seem like a big undertaking. But it can be broken down into steps. Check this website for help: Alcohol Rehab Help.

How to Heal the Addicted Brain
When breaking out of an addiction, it helps to learn more about improving brain chemistry. Healing the addicted brain is possible with a multifaceted approach. See info in this online article: Healing the Addicted Brain.

Online Addiction Counseling
This website can help those who are struggling with substance addiction by making it easy to connect with an online counselor who can help you jump-start or continue your road to recovery: Online Addiction Counseling.

Mental Health Resources for the US Hispanic population
Using federal data from the U.S. Census Bureau, HelpAdvisor found 3.8 million Hispanic Americans aren’t getting the mental health care services they need. This Guide explores the issue, including expert public health analysis and local Spanish-language resources to help serve Latino Americans. See:

Adderall Abuse
This new guide details the signs and symptoms of Adderall abuse and offers information on finding the best treatment options: Adderall Guide.

Focus on Alcohol
Addiction Group provides a webpage with facts about alcohol addiction, treatment, and rehabilitation. See: Addiction Group.

Anxiety and Addiction
If you are suffering from anxiety, take some time to check this article. It describes the issue and lists a number of coping techniques: Anxiety and Addiction.

Opioid Addiction and Abuse
For more info on  opioid addiction (heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, etc.), see this web page: Opioid Addiction & Abuse.

Am I An Alcoholic?
Check this page to help with diagnosing a problem with excessive drinking: Do I Have A Drinking Problem?

Information on Meth
For a brief summary of the effects and risks of Methamphetamine Addiction, check this site: Meth in Your System Blog.

Can Yoga Help with Addiction Recovery?
Check this resource to learn the benefits of yoga and how it can enhance addiction recovery: Yoga for Addiction Recovery

Learn about Recovery during the COVID-19 Pandemic
It is crucial to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. Yet addiction may pose even a higher danger than the virus. See info here: Addiction Recovery during COVID-19 Pandemic.

Adding Exercise to Your Routine
This may be the Biggest List on the Internet detailing the “Benefits of Exercise.” See the article here:

What Can You Do when You Think a Loved One Is Addicted?
This resource offers well-researched advice on what you can do to help a loved one with addiction:

Do You Think You Might Be Struggling with a Mental Health Issue? 
You’re not alone.  Nearly 50 million people in the United States live with at least one mental health condition. Here’s a Self-Test that will help you get more information about your condition: Mental Health Self-Test.

Depression and Substance Abuse (Dual Diagnosis)
Here’s a resource that discusses different types of depression, signs and symptoms to look out for, and how this emotional issue interacts with substance abuse: A Better Life for Recovery.

Substance Abuse Issues for Veterans
Studies show that service members suffer at a much higher rate of substance dependence than non-veterans. Here’s a helpful site for veterans and their families, offering the resources for recovery from addiction. See: Substance Abuse in Veterans: A Guide for 2020.

Common Addictions and Treatment Options
For a website with a wealth of information on addictions as well as options for treatment and successful recovery, see this page: Addiction Group.

Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors
From relieving stress to lowering blood pressure, there’s no doubt mother nature improves our wellbeing. Check this article on the numerous health benefits of getting outdoors: Health Benefits of Getting Outdoors.

How Addiction Affects the Transgender Community
Check out this new, practical guide that details how addiction affects individuals in the transgender community: Sunshine Behavioral Health. 

Alcohol abuse among the elderly
This problem has become more and more prevalent. Click here for some helpful information regarding alcoholism among seniors. 

Addiction Treatment Resources
Here’s a useful list of addiction treatment resources from Coastal Detox, located in Stuart, Florida.

Guide to No-Gym Workouts
How can you become active and incorporate exercise into your busy schedule without having to pay for, and travel to, your local gym? See this in-depth, comprehensive guide to becoming active.

Addiction Resources
This website offers to help anyone who is affected by addiction by providing reliable and comprehensive resources, advice, tips and guides. Start at their home page here:

Effects of Illegal Drugs on the Heart
Here’s an interesting website (ACLS Online) that reveals the effects of taking drugs on the health of your heart:

Information on Addictions and Recommendations for Recovery
See, a website that is not only for those seeking help with their addictions, but also for those who want to find out more about helping a family member or friend who may have problems with addictions.

Information on Quitting Smoking
For a helpful guide to quitting tobacco and nicotine products, see this link for a tobacco-free life.

For Information on PTSD and Addiction Recovery
To learn more about the signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse, and what are the best options for treatment, see:

Returning to work after addiction treatment
Here’s an interesting and helpful article from PsychCentral to help with this challenge: Go to

Going home after Rehab
What can help when going home after rehab. Here’s a Guide to Finding the Right Place for Your Recovery:

How Does Your Drug Affect Your Teeth… and What to Do about It
For an interesting resource that delivers in-depth information on the negative effects that substance abuse has on your oral health and also your available treatment options, see Substance Abuse and Dental Care.

Remaining Clean for the Holidays
Sometimes it can be difficult trying to navigate the holidays, especially early in recovery. Here’s an article offering five tips on remaining clean and sober during the holidays:
See for extensive information on the types, causes, and signs of addiction, as well as different kinds of recovery options.

Helpful Information and Resources on Prevention
Here’s a valuable site offering assistance on preventing drug and alcohol abuse. The resources at this site can be particularly helpful for teenagers. See:

For Information on Getting into Recovery
When first considering the possibility of breaking an addiction to drugs or alcohol, you need to know where to start. For assistance identifying your problem and knowing where to go for help, try:

Help with Choosing the Right Treatment Center
There are over 13,000 addiction facilities in the U.S. Which one is right for you? Check this site to find out.

For Information on Withdrawal
Here’s a website offering information and resources on withdrawing from drugs and alcohol. See link here:

Find a Counselor or Treatment Center Near You
Check the website for addiction information and to search for a treatment professional or treatment center that would be available and easy for you to access.

Educational resource covering all aspects of alcoholism including signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and where to go for help. See

Recovery Resources Online offers a complete directory of recovery resources for drug addiction and alcoholism treatment centers, residential treatment programs, and more.


Treatment Centers Using a Whole Person Approach and/or Alternative Techniques

Kingsway Recovery Center
Offering substance abuse and mental health treatment, this center provides a broad range of clinical treatment services located in the heart of New Jersey: Kingsway Recovery.

Free by the Sea
Offering a complete spectrum of addiction treatment along the Pacific coastline in the state of Washington, check out: Free by the Sea.

Wish Recovery
For a holistic and tailored approach to your recovery, check out this luxury rehab & detox in California. This facility offers a wide variety of personalized treatment modalities: Wish Recovery

Harmony Place Drug Rehab Center
For a Whole-Person Rehab Facility in Los Angeles, see: Harmony Place.

Riverside Recovery
Riverside Recovery of Tampa, Florida offers a complete continuum of care for both men and women suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. See Riverside Recovery.

Bedrock Recovery Center
This facility employs an individualized approach that treats the underlying causes of addiction. It places clients’ needs first. Located near historical Boston metropolitan area in Massachusetts. See: Bedrock Recovery Center.

Spring Hill Recovery Center
This facility offers evidence-based, comprehensive addiction treatment tailored to you. It’s located in Ashby, Massachusetts:

The Clearing
Located in the Pacific northwest, The Clearing serves as a dual diagnosis residential treatment center specializing in alcohol abuse, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other conditions. This treatment center offers an alternative program to the 12-Steps. See:

Vertava Health Ohio
For effective, evidence-based treatment in Ohio, check out Vertava Health Ohio. This organization provides effective, multi-level care for individuals with substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders.

California Highlands
This facility in the rolling hills of California offers a wide variety of proven, evidence-based therapies to assist with individualized and comprehensive addiction treatment. See:

Ark Behavioral Health operates four addiction treatment facilities
This organization operates four addiction treatment facilities in Massachusetts. See info here: Massachusetts’ Best Detox And Rehab Centers – Ark Behavioral Health.

Alo House Recovery Centers
The mission of Alo House Recovery Centers is to use ‘connection, not control’ to help their clients achieve autonomy, empowerment, and a sense of community. See more about their treatment program that relies on a broad spectrum of proven techniques here:

The Recovery Village Columbus
This drug and alcohol rehab center in Ohio offers comprehensive addiction treatment for all levels of care. Check the treatment options at their website:

Abbeycare Foundation
For addiction treatment in the United Kingdom, check out Abbeycare Foundation, a well-established rehab facility in the UK.

A Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Program using an Integrative Care Model.
Canaan, Connecticut (in the Berkshire Mountains)

Cliffside Malibu
Malibu, California

G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center
North Miami Beach, Florida

The Hills Treatment Center
Los Angeles, California

Passages Malibu
Malibu, California

Schick Shadel Hospital
Seattle, Washington

St Jude Retreat House
Hagaman, New York

Sierra Tucson Treatment Center
Tucson, Arizona

Support Systems Homes
Substance abuse treatment programs located in Northern California

Florida Rehabilitation Center
Delray Beach, FL

The Ranch
Nunnelly, Tennessee