Through extensive, ongoing outreach and community participation, Our Young Addicts finds links that may be helpful for parents and professionals concerned about substance use among young people 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!

In 2019, we compiled a Resource Guide and look forward to updating this on an annual basis.


Communication with Young Adults

Text Messages to Send Your Kid


If you’re concerned about your kid and drinking, use every opportunity to communicate your message – including via text. Here’s a helpful guide with suggestions for simple, effective text messages to send your kid.


Answering Your Kid’s Tough Questions about AlcoholKid's Drug & Alcohol UseAlcohol is prevalent and generally acceptable; however, it’s not safe at all for young adults. Perhaps your kid observes you having a glass of wine, beer or a cocktail. If you’re not an alcoholic, chances are you model responsible drinking. Your kids will ask tough questions about alcohol and we’re glad to share this guide to help you answer them with honesty. Answering-Tough-Questions


When It’s Not Your Kid, How Do You Deal With Drug Use & Drinking?

Teachers, coaches, faith leaders, neighbors, extended family members, employers and more are ADULTS OF INFLUENCE. If you’re concerned about a young person and think they may be using drugs or alcohol, SPEAK UP! Non-parent role models have lots of influence. This guide offers helpful tips on what you can do and how to speak with parents. Click below to read the brochure.

When it’s not your kid

Support Groups for Families and Friends


Al-Anon & Ala-Teen – throughout the world, Al-Anon Family Groups and Ala-Teen offer 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.

Nar-Anon -The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. We have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind.

When you come into the family group, you are no longer alone, but among true friends who understand your problem as few others could. We respect your confidence and anonymity as we know you will respect ours. We hope to give you the assurance that no situation is too difficult and no unhappiness is too great to be overcome.

Alternatives to Traditional 12-step Treatment Programs

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.

Understanding Withdrawal – Detox

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

There are a variety of ways by which a person tries a drug and ultimately becomes addicted. The opioid epidemic has some roots in prescription medication by doctors and dentists who offer pain medication; unfortunately, sometimes a patient keeps using the medication, seeks more and may eventually turn to street heroin. Regardless of the progression, people who become dependent on opiates suffer withdrawal when they cut back or stop using.

Here’s an informative link about withdrawal:

Intervention Services & Family Support


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.

Love First – Just like the name implies, positive intervention is nothing like the reality TV show and is anything but confrontational. Founders Jeff and Debra Jay have written the book on Love First interventions and have a national network of professionals who understand the needs of young adults.

Advocacy – Opioid Epidemic

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

Government Offices

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


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

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

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.

Prevention Programs & Services

Know The Truth – a substance-use prevention program that goes into schools throughout Minnesota; affiliated with Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. This program is the Our Young Addicts partner for our annual From Statistics to Solutions Conference. #FSTS16 #FSTS17

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 Poison Control System – For questions and emergency treatment advice, the Minnesota Poison Control System can help with overdose prevention (e.g, if someone has a question related to medications, drugs, or alcohol), providing emergency treatment advice, and walking people through naloxone administration if they need assistance. Phone: 1-800-222-1222

Sober Living

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!


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.

Mental Health

Marbles – Live Beyond the Label – Marbles iOS and android apps provide free and anonymous mental health support at your fingertips. With Marbles you can track your mental and emotional health and get connected to caring peers who can anonymously guide you through your toughest mental health challenges, all 100% #trollandstigmafree! Live beyond the label.

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. Each state has a local group.

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.

General Information on Substance Use & Support for Families


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.

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.

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.

Recovery 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. Learn more about Recovery Brands in an article by Forbes magazine. This organization is the co-host of #CADAChat, which takes place on Thursdays at 3 p.m. CT. – 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.



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.

Our Young Addicts – With more than 200 blog posts, we share experiences, resources and hope. Regular updates from Midwestern Mama as well as guest posts by parents, professionals and young people in recovery. See our Writers Guidelines to participate.

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

Overdose Prevention (naloxone, brand name Narcan)

Naloxone Kit & InstructionsIf you think someone is overdosing call 911.

Many states have Good Samaritan laws, which provide immunity to help an overdose victim and the people who call it in.

Naloxone, brand-name Narcan, is a life-saving overdose-reversal medication. Many first responders now carry Naloxone, and it’s available to lay people in many communities. Learn more from the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, which created Steve’s Law and is active in overdose prevention via training and distribution of Naloxone.

Learn more about the 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.

Sober Lifestyle – Retailers

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.

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


FSTS Logo 2017

The statistics are startling, which is why we need solutions, and is the primary reason Our Young Addicts has partnered with Know the Truth, the prevention program for MN Adult & Teen Challenge, to conduct an annual conference to connect and collaborate with parents and professionals concerned about the number of young people using drugs and alcohol.

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.


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.

Recovree – Recovree is a free web-based app to record daily reflections to improve self-awareness, a critical skill for people in recovery because it helps identify high-risk situations and create healthier outcomes. Recovree is inclusive of all treatment programs.

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 Gloria Englund's bookThis 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.

Recovery SI – bridges the gap between treatment and recovery. An active participant on social media, including #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.

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.

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.

Opioid-use Disorder & Treatment

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)


Parents, family members and friends may not be familiar with Medication-Assisted Treatment as an effective option for opiate-use disorder. This three-part blog series by Gloria Englund, MA, is informative and helpful.

Medication-Assisted Treatment – Recovering u – Gloria Englund

Valhalla Place – follows a harm reduction approach , including MAT (medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone or Methadone), which supports the client in the change process and enhances motivation to lead a drug free lifestyle.

Back-to-school Resources for Parents


Here are a variety of articles that look at substance use by students:

Drugs, Alcohol, and Back to School – Advice for Parents

Keeping Your Teens on the Right Track – Features – News _ Renew Everyday

Substance Use on College Campuses

Some kids don’t try drugs or alcohol until their college years. Others may have started younger, but find that the substance use escalates when they are in college. provided the following resource to help parents with college-age kids.

College – Binge Drinking

In addition, here’s an infographic showing drug and alcohol use on college campuses.

Parents and other adults of influence can ask their college students about what they observe and experience at school. It’s interesting to learn about their perceptions of use, and to open a dialogue about their own habits.

Guides for Parents

parent and kidQ&A – When You think your kid may be using drugs or alcohol.

What’s A Family to Do? Hazelden Betty Ford has put together a helpful Q&A for parents if you suspect your teen might be using drugs or alcohol.

Hazelden Betty Ford has prepared a number of handouts for pros to use with parents of young adults.

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.

Many organizations offer guides for parents. Recently, sent us a link to A Substance Abuse Guide for Parents.

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.

The following resources may be helpful to parents who are concerned about a young person’s substance use. These resources do not imply endorsement by Our Young Addicts or the #OYACommunity.

You can print this PDF version: Resources for Parents

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)

We’re Here to Help. Call Us Today: 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) English and Spanish. The Parents Toll-Free Helpline is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. It is closed on weekends and holidays. If you do not connect with a parent specialist, leave a message and they will make every effort to get back to you by the next business day. If you are in need of immediate or emergency services, please call 911 or a 24-hour crisis hotline.

The website contains a variety of articles, blog posts and discussion guides such as:

Marijuana Vs. Alcohol – What to Say to Your Teen

The 20-Minute Guide for Parents of Children with a Substance-Abuse Problem – CRAFT

Does your child have a substance abuse problem? Unlike other approaches, this guide teaches you how to stay involved in a positive, ongoing way. With worksheets, examples and tips, you’ll learn how to get more of what you want from your child, how to talk to your child so that you are heard and how to take better care of yourself.

Your Teen Magazine for Parents

In addition to many great topics, Your Teen Magazine for Parents includes a section on Drugs & Alcohol.

Sign up for the free, weekly email from Your Teen Magazine to receive parenting articles geared toward raising a teenager.

Just as you have found Our Young Addicts, there are a variety of social media sources for families to learn more about substance use disorders including treatment and recovery. Here’s an article that includes several options to explore. Social Media & Sobriety


We often participate in #AddictionChat with the creators of The Recovery Book. They offer a number of helpful, free resources, including these specific to the holidays.


When it comes to marijuana, today’s kids consider themselves well informed. Perhaps, but more likely it’s biased information – they cite legalization of marijuana, recreational and medical, as reasons why pot is OK. Society perpetuates the idea that marijuana is “no worse than” or “better than” alcohol, which we know is not at all safe for young adults.

So, when getting the runaround with your kids on marijuana, here’s a helpful guide from the Partnership for Drug Free Kids. It’s got some great talking points for parents.


Marijuana Vs. Alcohol – What to Say to Your Teen

Community Resource Lists

Minnesota – Anoka and Hennepin Counties

FullSizeRenderWithin Minnesota’s Anoka and Hennepin counties, there are a variety of resources available for teens and their families. Here’s a PDF with organizations, websites and phone numbers for help with addiction, mental health, eating disorders, sexual abuse and more. Many thanks to Allina Health and Anoka-Hennepin Schools for pulling this together.


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School's Out for SummerSummer presents far too many possibilities for young people to try drugs and alcohol. We’ve gathered a number of tips for parents to help kids have a sober summer. In addition, follow us on Twitter @OurYoungAddicts for daily tips on prevention from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

#SoberSummer – Resources for OYA Parents – 2015
First-time marijuana use increases in June and July, and can lead to other types of drug and alcohol use. Let’s make this a #SoberSummer. Here are three helpful documents that you can click and print.

1) The good folks at Your Teen Magazine have compiled an excellent Summer-Survival Guide, which includes a section on drug and alcohol use. Check it out:

Summer-Survival-Guide – Your Teen Magazine 2015

2) Also, from The Courage to Speak Foundation, here is a good article on the prevalence of youth substance use with tips on prevention.

Summer Substance Abuse _ Teen Drug Abuse Prevention

3) Additionally, follow Our Young Addicts on Twitter for daily #SoberSummer tips, and take a look at our summary resource. Here’s a recap of some of our 2017 tips:  #SoberSummer – #SoberSummer – Resources for OYA Parents – 2017

Sports & Substance Use Among Young Adults

lacrosse-519732_640-2Student athletes may be vulnerable for substance use. Be a team with the coaches to ensure that everyone is paying attention to the athletes and taking opportunities to educate them on the dangers of youth-adult drug and alcohol use.

Here are some resources to start with or print out our Sports PDF:  OYA Sports & Young-Adult Substance Use resource guide.

Play_Healthy_Parent_Talk_Kit_2014a — This helpful resource is part of the Play Healthy initiative from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Additionally, check out these resources for parents and coaches:
Athletic Coaches & Substance Abuse Prevention – The Freeport Pride


Factors That Influence Substance Abuse in High School Athletes

Another helpful resource with many timely topics is , Your Teen Magazine for Parents. It includes a section on Drugs & Alcohol, and another one on Sports.

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