It's a scary time when it comes to tweens and teens and their level of knowledge and curiosity and experience with drugs and alcohol. To connect with local and national organizations that can support you and your families, we've compiled a list below. Please let us know if you have any additional resources to add to our list.
Addiction education society
Addiction Education Society provides public education, information and resources on issues relating to substance addiction and its impact on individual lives, families, and in the lives of our communities to advance the knowledge that Addiction is a Disease. Visit their website for facts, glossary of terms, ideas to speak with your kids about addiction, and more.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education, D.A.R.E., is a program consisting of a series of classroom lessons that include the most up-to-date evidence and research-based strategies for drug abuse prevention. The program addresses common drug-related beliefs among adolescents; increases risk-awareness of substance abuse; and focuses on improving social skills like problem-solving, communication, decision making, and resistance/assertiveness training. The D.A.R.E. program is delivered by police officers at various grades, K-12. Their website offers resources for parenting looking for advice, signs and where to find help.
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Hotline
The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options. Their website also offers information about identifying problems and how to help others.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse is a national nonprofit research and policy organization focused on improving the understanding, prevention and treatment of substance use and addiction. We conduct and synthesize research, inform and guide the public, evaluate and improve healthcare, and analyze and recommend policies on substance use and addiction.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
We’ve been supporting families and responding to a changing drug landscape for over 30 years. Learn more about how we got to where we are today and meet the dedicated and passionate people who make it all possible. Their website includes a plethora of resources including: a helpline, live chat, blog, prevention guide, warning signs, treatment options and all of the information you could ask for around helping you raise drug-free kids.
Teen CHallenge Boston
Teen Challenge Boston provides adults, teens and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution, clinical counseling, and life-coaching for drugs, alcohol, and other life-controlling problems in order to become productive members of society. Includes events, resources, a hotline and more to learn more about their programs.