Advocacy, Education and Policy Organizations

Addiction Prevention Lesson Plan Guide

A K-12 lesson plan on addiction prevention for educators.

Advocates for the Integration of Recovery and Methadone (AFIRM)

A consumer organization that endorses methadone as an effective tool of recovery that can be enhanced through the integration of other treatment approaches.

American Council for Drug Education

A subsidiary organization of Phoenix House that develops programs and materials based on recent scientific research advances.

A new PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing)

A New PATH works to reduce the stigma associated with addictive illness through education and compassionate support and to advocate for therapeutic rather than punitive drug policies. PATH's current nationwide campaign is "Moms United To End The War On Drugs."

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

A nonprofit education and advocacy organization that partly focuses on reducing the damage caused by the overconsumption of alcoholic beverages.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

A national prevention organization that trains local anti-drug coalitions to assess and tackle drug problems in their communities.

Do It Now Foundation

A non-profit publisher of alcohol, substance abuse, and health information, targeting audiences including middle school, high school and college students.

Drug Policy Alliance

An anti-drug war group that promotes drug policies “based on science, compassion, health, and human rights.”

Drug Scope

An independent UK center on drugs and drug use, whose controversial studies on practices and government policies frequently trigger a maelstrom of heated debate.

Drug Strategies

An organization that supports private and public efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement and community initiatives.

Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)

A nonprofit organization that encourages the entertainment industry to accurately and unsensationally depict the major public health and social issues surrounding drugs and alcohol.

Faces & Voices of Recovery

A national nonprofit organization working to mobilize, organize and rally Americans in a campaign to end discrimination, broaden understanding and achieve a just response to addiction.

Fighting Back

A partnership of businesses, communities and government agencies working together to fight substance abuse in their communities.

Harm Reduction Coalition

A national advocacy group that promotes programs to tackle adverse effects of drug abuse, such as overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.

Join Together

A Boston University School of Health project supporting effective drug and alcohol policy and providing information on current policy and legislative issues, political advocacy, and a large online database and documents library.

Legal Action Center

An organization that fights discrimination against people with histories of addiction, by providing legal services, policy advocacy, research, and training.

Locate Addiction Health Service Providers

Find a therapist or counselor in your area.

Marin Institute

An alcohol industry watchdog that disseminates and collates information on alcohol use, problems, and policies.

Medical Assisted Treatment

A site aiming to raise awareness and acceptance of methadone treatment for substance abuse.

Medicare and Mental Health: What’s Covered, What’s Not?

The various aspects of mental health care and related prescription drug therapy can be covered by different parts of the Medicare program. Learn more about Medicare mental health coverage.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)

An organization advocating for children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery)

An organization of methadone patients, healthcare professionals and their allies, that supports opiate agonist treatment.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics: Just 4 Kids

A place where children can learn about how alcohol and drugs can hurt a family and how to deal with it at home.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

An organization that promotes the establishment and funding of special drug courts for drug offenders.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

A nonprofit organization that supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.

National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability (NAADD)

An organization that promotes awareness and education on addiction among people with co-existing disabilities and works to improve access to services, information, and education.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

A voluntary health organization that fights the stigma and disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

National Families in Action

A family prevention organization focused on opposition to the legalization of marijuana.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)

A public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the problem of inhalant use.

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.

National Institute for Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism

NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

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.

Partnership for Recovery

An advocacy group formed by the Betty Ford Center, Hazelden Foundation, Valley Hope Association and Caron Foundation to promote the value of treatment to policy makers and the public.

Project Know: Understanding Addiction aims to inform parents and family members of those struggling with addiction, as well as addicts and alcoholics themselves, about the options available for treating addiction.

Stop the Drug War

A national organization that advocates for drug legalization and provides drugs news and views.

Substance Abuse Resources for Families

Find more information about substance abuse and to locate treatment services and support groups.

Transform Drug Policy Foundation

A UK think tank opposing the war on drugs and arguing for “effective and humane systems” of drug regulation.

Treatment Improvement Exchange

A web center that offers information and resources for advocacy groups and alcohol and drug addiction organizations.

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Visions offers top-of-the-line treatment for 13 to 18 year old addicts, with alumni that includes Elizabeth Brockovich—daughter of Erin Brockovich—who found treatment in Vision's outpatient, day school, sober living and their Launch program.

Rating: 5 stars
Malibu and Los Angeles
$40,000/30 days (45 day minimum)

This SoCal program fosters a regimented but respectful recovery environment, where teens learn how to live sober through plenty of 12-step meetings and life-skills classes—not to mention "equine-assisted psychotherapy" and mixed martial arts.

Rating: 5 stars
Newport Beach, Calif.

At Sober College, young people learn life skills and can take accredited college courses while going through treatment for addiction.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Woodland Hills, CA
$15,000 - $25,000 per month;

This San Diego luxury rehab provides customized treatment by highly qualified staff and, according to one alum, “Sets the gold standard for all other treatment centers.”

Rating: 5 stars
San Diego, CA
$60,000 for 30 days, additional $10,000 for a private room

This 12-step based non-profit Tennessee facility for men offers meetings, groups and camaraderie.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Burns, TN
30-day program: $6500; LTR Program / Extended Care: $5500 (monthly); step-down program (outpatient): $1500

This Austin, Texas rehab provides substance abuse and mental health services as an outpatient programs. It is universally beloved by its clients and alumni for the therapy provided to the individual and the support freely given by a caring staff.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Austin, TX

If you are looking for a loving and nurturing outpatient program which still emphasizes accountability, this may be the place for you. Almost unanimously, clients credit this Lakewood, Colorado program with improving their lives in significant ways.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Lakewood, CO
$30-$50 per group; $50-$75 per one-on-one session.

The Sanctuary Byron Bay combines a completely individualized holistic approach with unrivaled luxury. If you want excellent treatment combined with true privacy and every possible amenity, including your own 24-hour carer, this is the place for you.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Byron Bay, Australia

DARA is as lush and exotic as you might expect. Their program includes airport pick-up, a full medical exam at a nearby private hospital and luxury amenities—all at surprisingly affordable prices.

Rating: 4 stars
Koh Chang, Thailand
$6,995 for 4 weeks.

Highly rated by their teen clients and their families, Paradigm Malibu offers programs for a really wide range of adolescent disorders including: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance abuse, behavioral addictions, and eating disorders.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Malibu, CA
$49,000 flat rate