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Alateen is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups. Al-Anon is for anyone affected by someone else’s drinking. This link is to the section of the Al-Anon website specifically for teens.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of America is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.

Elks Drug Awareness Program
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has a resource center for the Elks National Drug Awareness Program, the largest volunteer drug awareness program in the United States. They provide information for parents and a guide for teachers, as well as educational comics for fourth through eighth graders, tips for teens, and contests.
Created by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) specifically for young people, this site provides information about drugs and their consequences.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.

NIDA for Teens
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.

Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, specifically underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and risky driving, and teen violence and suicide. It has thousands of chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges.


For Parents

These organizations may also provide helpful information to youth.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.

Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society offers literature on smoking and referrals to local chapters.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American (CADCA) is an organization whose purpose is to strengthen the capacity of community anti-drug coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy, and drug free communities.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. The DEA has created a drug education website for teens at and a drug education resource for parents at
This is a drug and alcohol addiction treatment website dedicated to providing resources for fighting substance abuse, including helping you find drug treatment centers and addiction rehab programs in your town or city. They staff a toll-free 24-hour hotline at 1-800-559-9503.

Families Anonymous, Inc.
This organization is a 12-Step fellowship for the families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Hazelden provides hope and healing to people affected by substance abuse.  The Foundation is a national provider of addiction treatment services with licensed drug rehabilitation centers in Minnesota, Oregon, California, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Misuse Prevention and Recovery (HECAOD)
This organization partners with college campuses across the nation to prevent alcohol and drug misuse among students and help advocate for students in recovery.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
MADD works to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking.

Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.

Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

National Association of Children of Alcoholics
NACOA’s mission is to eliminate the adverse impact of alcohol and drug use on children and families.

National Association of School Nurses
The National Association of School Nurses improves the health and education success of children and youth by developing and providing leadership to advance school nursing practice by specialized registered nurses. The organizations core purpose is to promote student success through the advancement of school health services by professional registered school nurses.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
An organization that provides information on how to overcome alcohol and drug addiction, including how to find help in your area.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)
NIPC serves as an inhalant referral and information clearinghouse, stimulates media coverage about inhalant issues, develops materials, and provides training and technical assistance

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
The NIAAA website offers pamphlets, fact sheets, and brochures about alcohol-related problems such as underage drinking, alcohol’s impact on your health, parenting to prevent childhood alcohol use, and much more.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA's mission is to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction through (1) support and conduct of research and (2) quick dissemination of research results. The website features a section for parents and teachers, as well as a section for students and young adults. Educational materials can be downloaded or ordered at

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.

Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP)
Outlines ONDCP's comprehensive approach to prevention.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
PTA works in cooperation with many national education, health, safety, and child advocacy groups and federal agencies to benefit children. The PTA website can help you locate a chapter or offer information about organizing or running a PTA in your area.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (PDFA)
The Partnership is a nonprofit organization that helps parents and caregivers prevent, intervene in, and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. PDFA also maintains a Parents Toll-Free Helpline (in English or Spanish) at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373), Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET.

Phoenix House
Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
This site provides information about talking to kids about drugs and listening strategies that will create an atmosphere of effective communication.

This organization provides parents, with relevant research on marijuana and other drug use. It outlines the serious long-term negative effects drug use can have on youth, including lower academic achievement, dropout, mental health problems, and addiction. Personal stories from a teen, a father, and a physician demonstrate how drug use can adversely affect youth, families, and communities. The website features videos reviewing current information and identifies prevention and treatment resources.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) 
SAM is a national organization that focuses on science-based marijuana education and awareness.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Responsible for overseeing and administering mental health, drug prevention, and drug treatment programs around the nation. For Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publications dealing with alcohol and other drug abuse, go to

White Bison
White Bison White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian nonprofit charitable organization that offers sobriety, recovery, addictions prevention, and wellness (“Wellbriety”) learning resources to the Native American community nationwide.