Through our outreach and participation, Our Young Addicts finds links that may be helpful for parents and professionals concerned about substance use among young people – those in their tweens, teens and twenties. These are not endorsements, but rather are resources you may find helpful – please let us know, and by all means, send us other links that we can share!

20-Minute Guide – CRAFT – a practical, compassionate and effective road map for those who are concerned about their loved one’s substance use, or want to learn ways to prevent it.

100 Pedals – A dad who blogs about parenting a son addicted to heroin, Dave Cooke provides coaching for parents. In addition, he produces a weekly podcast with parents, leaders and treatment/recovery professionals. An active participant on social media.

Al-Anon – throughout the world, Al-Anon offers support for families and friends of people using alcohol and drugs. It embraces the 12-step spiritual approach that is popular in a variety of support programs. This link will help you find meetings in Minnesota, but a Google search will help you find an Al-Anon group no matter where you live.

Center for Motivation & Change – a unique, private group practice of dedicated clinicians and researchers in New York City specializing in the treatment of substance use and compulsive behaviors. As a group of dedicated clinicians and researchers, they are driven by an optimism about people’s capacity to change and a commitment to the science of change.

Detox Local – this site offers quite a bit of information on drugs and alcohol, including pages dedicated to teen and college use.

Drew Horowitz & Associates – one of our guest bloggers, Drew Horowitz is a professional who works with young people and families as they navigate care, treatment and recovery from substance use and mental health.

FedUp! – a rally for a federal response to the opioid epidemic. An active participant on social media.

Find Government Offices – one of our readers suggested this link, which provides a database of county/government offices in the United States.

Hope & Joy Store – a mother-daughter duo has created Recovery Kits, a wonderful gift item for family and friends in the early stages of sobriety. In addition to the gift options, The Hope & Joy Store website includes a blog and helpful content for families.

In Recovery Magazine – a quarterly magazine with helpful articles, great archives online, and valuable content via social media.

Know The Truth – a substance-use prevention program that goes into schools throughout Minnesota; affiliated with Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.

Leaf Council – one of the coordinators of #AddictionChat on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. CT. The LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addictions is dedicated to helping create a community where children and adults can live in healthy environments that are free from the effects of alcoholism and other addictive diseases. T his is accomplished this through provision or support of education, prevention, referral, treatment, collaboration, and advocacy.

Medication Disposal – Minnesota’s Hennepin County – Safely dispose of unwanted medications. meds-disp-flyer – Hennepin County – Minnesota. A variety of police stations around the Twin Cities accept unwanted medications. This is a safe way to dispose of them and to prevent others from having access to these in your home.

Minnesota Recovery Connection – Minnesota Recovery Connection works to ensure that all who seek it have access to the support, care and resources they need to achieve long-term recovery from addiction. This organization recognizes that there is more than one path to recovery and that it is not one size fits all. They offer volunteer opportunities, training, coaching, sober activities, advocacy, and more. This is a helpful resource for people in recovery as well as friends and loved ones.

My Sober Roommate – MySoberRoommate was created to help people. One of MSR’s founders, a therapist working in addiction recovery, watched many of his clients struggle and grow frustrated trying to find sober roommates. Surprisingly, they couldn’t find a roommate matching service for people committed to living a clean lifestyle that also protected their personal information. Thus, MSR was born!

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – helps millions of Americans who face mental illness every day and the thousands of Americans dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness.

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD) – for more 70 years, The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has been a valuable resource for millions of people struggling with alcoholism and addiction. Check out the information on underage use and prevention. An active participant on social media, and frequent host of #AddictionChat.

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance – the Minnesota affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a non-profit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. NPGA is a coalition of individuals and organizations sharing the belief that program gambling is a serious public health problem that is both treatable and preventable.

Pain.Pill.Problem. – a 2015 summit focused on the opioid epidemic epidemic.

Partnership for Drug-free Kids -founded in 1987 as an anti-drug advertising campaign and formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, this is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse. The website, helps families find the information they need to understand the ever-changing drug landscape, which now includes abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine.

PraireCare – offers Free Needs Assessments to anybody seeking psychiatric services. A Needs Assessment is a face-to-face interview with a trained counselor to help determine which level of care is most appropriate for that person. Anybody can schedule a Needs Assessment at one of our six locations. PrairieCare can usually offer an assessment within a few days of initial contact.

Recovery BrandsRecovery Brands owns and operates a portfolio of online resources designed to provide individuals and families with information they need in their recovery journey – whether that’s finding a treatment center or simply seeking support and encouragement from others. The company’s sites, such as and, provide access to online facility directories, rehab reviews, forums, support communities and professional communities to help facilitate informed treatment decisions. This is the co-host of #CADAChat, which takes place on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT.

Recovery SI – bridges the gap between treatment and recovery. An active participant on social media, including #AddictionChat. – has a library of educational articles, including this one on How to Talk to Your Kids about Substance Abuse on recovering from alcohol and drug abuse as well as information on treatment and support options.

Renew Magazine – a beautiful magazine full of helpful articles as well as a robust website with resources and a solid presence on social media.

Sober Nation – is a recovery resource database on the internet. Their goal is to help the struggling alcoholic and addict while giving guidance to the affected family member. They strive to offer a home for everyone whose life has been impacted by this deadly disease.

Sober Senorita – a popular blog on finding sobriety as a young adult. An active participant on social media. Frequent host of #AddictionChat.

Smart Recovery – an online support system for people at all stages of recovery. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups

Steve Rummler Hope Foundation – creators of Steve’s Law and proponents of overdose prevention via life-saving Naloxone; building awareness for chronic pain and opioid addiction. An active participant on social media.

Substance For You – a website with inspirational stories and a variety of sober clothing/merchandise for purchase. An active participant on social media.

Substance Use in Minnesota – SUMN (Substance Use in Minnesota) provides data on over 100 indicators of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug consumption patterns, consequences, and contributing factors in Minnesota.

Recovering u – Through recovery coaching and grief support groups, recovering u offers hope for those impacted by addiction. Author Gloria Englund is the author of Living In The Wake of Addiction: Lessons for Courageous Caregiving This book demystifies addiction, defies stigma, offers hope for recovery, and serves as a guide for professionals, families and individuals seeking support on the journey of recovery.

The Recovery Book – a resource for people at all stages of recovery. An active participant on social media.

The Retreat – a 12-step immersion program for people ready to embrace recovery.

Valhalla Place – follows a harm reduction approach which supports the client in the change process and enhances motivation to lead a drug free lifestyle.

Your Teen for Parents (magazine and website) – one of the most comprehensive, thorough resources for parenting teenagers. They touch on just about every topic imaginable. Check out the section for Drugs & Alcohol. An active participant on social media.

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