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~about substance abuse~

::in bloom::
does not differentiate between
the drug alcohol & other drugs

PTSD & Problems with Alcohol use
From the
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress, this factsheet explores how alcohol abuse often leads to traumatic situations, the ways in which alcohol exacerbates and masks the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress, treatment plans that are effective in dealing with alcoholism in a person suffering from PTSD and other aspects of this topic.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA and its official newsletter,
NIDA Notes, offer up a great range of perspectives on the relationship between stress, trauma, mental wellness and substance abuse. Search both of these interconnected sites for articles, news bulletins and factsheets about these issues. A good place to start your search? Check out the following NIDA topic links:
Stress and Substance Abuse
Stress, Drugs & Vulnerable Populations
PTSD and Substance Abuse
Helping People with PTSD & Drug Abuse
More About Stress & Substance Abuse
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Self-Medicating: When the Cure is the Disease
From About.com's
Kimberly Read & Marcia Purse, this informative essay was written in response to a question posed on the site's Forum on Bipolar Disorder. Also offers a free Newsletter.
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Alcohol/Drug Abuse & Co-Occurring Disorders
This is a webpage from the
National Mental Health Association discussing substance abuse as coupled with a secondary mental health condition. The page looks at the prevalence and impact this double jeopardy can have in different populations: teens, vets, older adults, those with eating disorders and others.
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Children of Addicted Parents
Looking at the different contributing factors involved in and the impacts of growing up with addiction in the family- including genetic predisposition, addiction's effect on parenting and its role contributing to abusive or neglectful parenting and more. Originally presented by the
National Association for Children of Alcoholics ( NACOA).
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How Child Abuse Can Lead to Substance Abuse
Damage to a key brain area could be a determining factor in survivors later substance abuse. From a study done by Harvard University(
Research Matters) through McLean Hospital.
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Compiled by
This Is a War, this webpage showcases several readings from various sources on the topic of the roots of addiction.
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Self Medicating When You're Depressed
Written by Lisa Angelettie,MSW, also known as "GirlShrink". Her site
GirlShrink.com offers a personal advice session.The BellOnline Depression webpage (where this particular article is featured) also offers a Depression Forum, a newsletter with articles, website & book reviews, and other useful mental health resources.
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Traumatic Reenactment
Sharon Klayman Farber, Ph.D., B.C.D., proposes that self-mutilation, self-medication and Bulimia are coping methods where people are actually re-enacting and re-experiencing childhood trauma in an attempt (albeit an unhealthy one) to take back their personal power. An article from
Psyche Matters.com.
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Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the Depressed
Self-medication is a common phenomenon among depressed persons. When depression is co-existent with drug or alcohol abuse, this is known as dual diagnosis.
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The Dangers of "Pills Only" Treatment
A Q&A rompted by a two-part series about the problems and the proposed solutions of dually diagnosed patients. Access to About.com's Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Site is also featured on this page. And check out the Dual Diagnosis Links: The Problem, The Solution & More Information about Dual Diagnosis. From About.com.
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GayHealth: A Look at Self Medicating
By R. Morgan Griffin:
"Self-medication" is one of those vague terms that can refer to just about any kind of behavior. "Pushed to its broadest sense, it applies to anything that takes you away from the realities of your life," says Dr. Laura Young, a psychotherapist and the Senior Vice President of Community Services at the National Mental Health Association. But clinically, self-medication applies more specifically to people suffering from a psychological disorder - often
depression or anxiety - who begin using alcohol or drugs to treat the symptoms or hide their pain. The problem is that it often works, at first, and you can become reliant on your substance of choice. Before you know it, you've got yourself an addiction on top of whatever problem you started with.
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Trauma & Substance Abuse
The American Journal on Psychiatry presents Dr Edward J. Khantzian's in-depth review of Trauma and Substance Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders.
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Psychological Trauma & Substance Abuse in Women
Created by Barbara Hilliard Ed.M., LADC, of Suffolk University and McLean's Hospital, this simply structured, easy to use site attempts to bring together current information on the link between traumatic stress and substance abuse in women. Directed at women affected as well as the clinicians and researchers who are working to help them.
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The Adult Children Educational Foundation's Quiz Page
A battery of self-quizzes with common sense questions geared at helping the quiz-taker gain some perspective on their personal use of alcohol. A practical tool for those who may be concerned about their drinking habits.
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The Web of Addictions
The Web of Addictions is dedicated to conveying accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions. The site hopes to counter possible misinformation about the nature of addiction along with providing a resource for teachers, students and others who need factual information about abused drugs. Contains links to extensive fact sheets and other information on addictions to various substances.
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Dual Diagnosis Website
Kathleen Sciacca, MA, and executive director of the Sciacca Comprehensive Service Development for Mental Illness, Drug Addiction, and Alcoholism (MIDAA) designed this site on Dual Diagnosis (mental disorders co-occurring with drug or alcohol addiction). It contains a bulletin board, chatroom and lots of info and resources.
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What are the links between psychological trauma & addiction?
Although this is basically a short statement from the UK's
Royal College of Physicians, the RPSYCH site is, in and of itself a great resource for information on mental health and wellness concerns faced by survivors, particularly those in the United Kingdom.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, an excellent resource for all matters related to psychological wellness, offers two particularly good web pages on the combination of substance abuse and another disorder or psychological illness:
Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
Covers challenges in recognizing a substance abuse problem that might be masked by symptoms of a psychological condition, finding appropriate treatment, finding advocacy and other practical matters.
Dual Diagnosis & Integrated Treatment
This a mini website off of the main NAMI site that serves almost as a Need To Know Toolkit to help consumers, their families and professionals determine where to start in seeking appropriate treatment for people who have a dual diagnosis.
Diagnostico doble: Abuso de sustancias y enfermedad mental
Para aquellas personas que luchan tanto con una enfermedad mental como con un problema de abuso de sustancias, la situacion adquiere proporciones enormes. Con frecuencia, los servicios de salud mental no estan preparados para atender a los pacientes que sufren de ambos males. La mayor parte del tiempo, slo se identifica un problema, pero si se llegaran a reconocer ambos, la persona tiene que ir y venir entre los servicios de salud mental y los de abuso de sustancias, o estas instituciones hasta les pueden negar el tratamiento.
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Dual Diagnosis Information Links
MedLine Plus brings together authoritative information from National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This MEDLINE search page gives easy access to medical journal articles, resources, organizations and other links related to Dual Diagnosis.
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Women, Trauma & Substance Abuse
Comparative profiles of women with PTSD and cocaine or alcohol dependence. From
Womens Healthsite.
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Women, PTSD, and Alcohol
An article by Suite101's
Cheryl Foote about women who self medicate their posttraumatic stress symptoms with alcohol.
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Women Addicts Vulnerable to Trauma
A devasatating article by Lisa Rabasca of the APA's
Monitor On Psychology online newsletter.

~personal sites~

Glenn's Narcotics Anonymous Site
Clean and Sober Home for the Homeless Biker
Convict, Addict, Alcoholic
JohnXP's Recovery Page
Biker in Recovery Home Page
Rides In The Wind's Recovery Home Page
Bodhi's Enlightened Serenity
Champion of Hope
The Dudes Hole In The Wall

~peer support sites~

PTSD, Anxiety & Alcohol= a BAD combination!
Dual Diagnosis e-mail Support Group
Alcohol & Substance Abuse - PTSD Forum
Suffolk Long Island, NY Area of Narcotics Anonymous
PTSD & Problems with Alcoholism /Drug Addiction
AA Clubhouse Chat Room
AA History Lovers
AA Lamps on IRC
AA Online
A Cool Place to Hangout and Recover
AA Recovery Coffee House
The e-AA Group of Alcoholics Anonymous
Flynn's Hope SpeakEasy
Friends of Bill Wilson
Grateful Dead AA Email Group
Journey to Serenity Recovery Forums
women for sobriety
Live AA Online Meeting Directory
Miracles In Progress
12 Step Cyber Cafe
XA Speakers
12 Step Sayings
Big Book Step Study
Gay and Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous
NA Recovery Literature
Sponsors Aide
Tools for Sobriety.
Working the 12 Steps
MoM Group of AA
Recovery Chat.com
National NA Web Sites
The Recovery Network Online Chats
Recovery Chat Egroup for AA & NA members
Women for Sobriety
The Roundtable Group
Rainbow Recovery
SMART Recovery Message Board
Last House On The Block
Nine Step Pagans
NA Life On Life's Terms
Health Care Professionals in Recovery
In Home Recovery Website
Staying Cyber
Christians in Recovery

~for loved ones~

Families Anonymous
The Al-Anon & Alateen Home Page
Recovering Couples Anonymous Website
Codependents Anonymous
Adult Children of Alcoholics
Inspiring Thoughts
Let It Begin With Me!
So You Wanna Help a Friend with a Drug Problem?
MSN's Alanon Group
Mothers in Recovery
Codependent's Chat
Non Alcoholics


Prevline is the Department of Health & Human Services and SAMHSA's site for the Alcohol and Drug Information Clearinghouse. And it is huge: education, youth services, family services, resources geared towards cultural and ethnic diversity, workplace resources, news, book reviews, a fact-checking feature, access to initiatives, a multi-media info page, drug look-up, resources and a newsletter. And that's still not everything. They are staffed with both English- and Spanish-speaking information specialists who are skilled at recommending appropriate publications, posters, and videocassettes; conducting customized searches; providing grant and funding information; and referring people to appropriate organizations. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-729-6686.
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), was established by an act of Congress in 1992 under Public Law 102-321. Separate and distinct from the National Institutes of Health or any other agency within the HHS, SAMHSA focuses attention, programs, and funding on improving the lives of people with or at risk for mental and substance abuse disorders.
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US Dept of Health & Human Services
HHS is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS incluces more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities.

Some highlights include:
Assuring food and drug safety
Medicare and Medicaid
Financial assistance and services for low-income families
Preventing child abuse and domestic violence
Substance abuse treatment and prevention
Comprehensive health services for Native Americans
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National Institute on Drug Abuse
NIDA's mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction. NIDA supports most of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA supported science addresses the most fundamental and essential questions about drug abuse, ranging from the molecule to managed care, and from DNA to community outreach research.
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Nat'l listings of dual diagnosis treatment facilities
This page from Sober.com is for those seeking treatment for substance abuse and a co-existing diagnosis, "the simultaneous existence of a substance use disorder interacting with one or more independent DSM-IV Axis I or II mental disorders and/or a cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or developmental disability. The disorder/disability is of a type and severity which exacerbates the substance use disorder or other conditions, and/or complicates treatment of the substance use disorder, and/or interferes with functioning in age appropriate social roles."
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The Alcoholism & Addictions Resource Guide
SoberRecovery lists hundreds of addiction treatment and alcoholism treatment resources in the U.S., Canada, and Overseas. Prescription pill detox, Rapid opiate detox clinics using Suboxone and Subutex, medically-managed detoxification, and help and information for heroin, cocaine, alcohol, and crystal meth treatment programs. If you want to stop abusing drugs and alcohol you must have options.
Online Dual Diagnosis Toolkit
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SMART Recovery
is a non-profit a Cognitive-Behavioral support group for individuals who desire to abstain from any type of addiction behavior. Haz clic aqui­ para espanol.
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The Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) is a community-based grassroots membership organization of individuals in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction, their families, friends and committed community supporters. SAARA's mission is to celebrate, support and advocate for resources and services for the prevention of and recovery from substance abuse and addiction. SAARA promotes social, educational, legal, research and health care resources and services that support accessible, effective and accountable addictions: prevention, intervention, treatment and Recovery.
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Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others
A web page designed for Jewish addicts and alcoholcs and their families. JACS, an organization led by volunteers, is dedicated to: encouraging and assisting Jewish alcoholics, chemically dependent persons and their families, friends and associates to explore recovery in a nurturing Jewish environment by conducting retreats and other events that provide support to Jews in recovery. JACS promotes knowledge and understanding of the disease of alcoholism and chemical dependency as it involves the Jewish Community. JACS also acts as a resource center and information clearinghouse on the effects of alcoholism and drug dependency on Jewish family life.The page also addresses those professionals in the treatment feild.
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American Society of Addiction Medicine
The ASAM is dedicated to improving treatment for individuals suffering from alcoholism or other addictions.
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Christians in Recovery.Org
This is the only full featured Christian recovery community on the Internet. CIR boasts a whopping 2,000 pages of information and resources designed to help overcome self defeating behaviors, thoughts and addictions. There is also a large Members Only area, monitored chat rooms, daily online meetings, support groups, guest speakers, a library, a place for personal online journals and

~12 Step Recovery Fellowships~
Encyclopedia article on the characteristics of 12-step-programs, history, the relationship to religion. With list of specific twelve-step groups.

Narcotics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous
Chemical Dependents Anonymous
Cocaine Anonymous
Dual Recovery Anonymous
Marijuana Anonymous
Nicotine Anonymous
Pills Anonymous
Recovery Medicine Wheel
Non-English Language AA Resources
Recoveries Anonymous
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90 Tools for Sobriety
Suggestions from experienced members of Recovery Fellowships.

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    Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Easy access to Medline and Health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications.
    Medline Plus en Espanol
    MedlinePlus Información de Salud de la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina.
    Health information for the whole family.
    Médico de Familia
    Panfletos informativos sobre enfermedades y consejos de salud dirigidos a la familia por la Academia Americana de Médicos Familiares.
    The leading source for trustworthy and timely and credible health news and information.
    healthfinder® is a free guide to reliable health information, by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
    español - healthfinder®
    healthfinder® - Un servicio del centro de información nacional de la salud, departamento de los Estados Unidos de la salud.
    NIMH: Mental Health Topics
    A service of the National Library of Medicine, provides health information from NIH and outside organizations.
    NIMH Publicaciones en Español
    Información mental de la salud de NIMH.
    Mental Health Resource Center
    National Mental Health Association’s information and referral center serves people seeking mental health information for themselves, family members or friends.
    Mental Health Matters
    Information and resources about mental health issues for consumers, professionals, students and supporters.

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