The Substance Use Resources for Parents are online resources aimed specifically at parents of adolescents and young adults.  Health care providers and youth serving professionals can offer these additional resources or print the PDF one-page reference sheet to parents looking for additional information, including online resources, support groups, peer networks, helplines, treatment locators, and advocacy opportunities. 

Youth Friendly Substance Use Online Resources
Substance Use Networks
Support Groups
Substance Use Treatment Guides
Treatment Service Locators
Insurance Information



  • THRIVE: Developed by the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, this app provides parents with conversation starters for sensitive topics and information on risk-oriented behavior, such as drinking and smoking.
  • Be Smart, Be Well: This website delivers life-story videos, expert interviews, and in-depth articles on a variety of health topics, including Addiction and Drug Safety.
  • College Drinking Prevention: This website provides research-based information for parents on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
  • FamilyDoctor.Org: Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, this website provides scientifically accurate information from a family medicine perspective on substance abuse.
  • HealthlyChildren.Org: Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this website provides resources for parents of adolescents on substance abuse and treatment, including A Parent’s Guide to Teen Parties and Drug Abuse Prevention Starts with Parents.
  • ICCPUD: Providing information on research and resources on prevention, this website includes videos about talking to college-bound youth.
  • American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry: The AACAP provides resources specifically for families for mental health and substance use, including quick facts and information on medications and clinical trials.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: MADD works to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Their website provides ways to take action, support groups, fact sheets, and a Power of Parents handbook.
  • National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence: This informational website provides parents with resources on how to be effectively involved in preventing alcohol and drug problems with their kids and families, including FAQs, talking points, and tips.
  • National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on health and wellbeing and provides publications directed at parents including Make a Difference: Talk to Your Child About Alcohol
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA provides a wealth of knowledge and resources for parents including guides for preventing drug abuse and for seeking drug treatment.
  • Partnership for Drug-Free Kids: An organization working to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens, their website provides a Parent Toolkit.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: SAMHSA works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities, including through their campaign on preventing underage drinking.    
  • Al-Anon Family: Family and friends of problem drinkers can find understanding and support through group meetings, podcasts, and other resources.
  • Alcohol Anonymous: The AA website can help families find AA meetings near them as well as brochures directed at young people.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: The NA website can help young people find NA meetings near them as well as resources including brochures for young addicts and parents.
  • Smart Recovery: SMART Recovery is a self-empowering addiction recovery support group. It provides resources for families, teen support programs, meeting locations, and an online community.

  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families: This guide describes how alcohol and drug addiction affect the whole family. It explains how treatment works, how family interventions can be a first step to recovery, and how to help children in families affected by substance abuse.
  • Family Therapy Can Help: For People in Recovery From Mental Illness or Addiction: Exploring the role of family therapy, this guide explains how family therapy sessions are run, describes a typical session, and provides information on its effectiveness in recovery.
  • Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends: This guide describes prescribed opioid medications, their proper use and side effects, withdrawal symptoms, and how medications fit with counseling in the recovery process.
  • What Is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families: Created for families, this guide answers questions about substance abuse, its symptoms, different types of treatment, and recovery.
Parents and families can find information on health insurance coverage of substance abuse treatment through the Federal Insurance Marketplace and Affordable Care Act coverage requirements.

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