There are many government entities that are primarily concerned with providing resources for addiction-related issues. Some of these are engaged mostly in research while others work on providing services. The following list is an attempt at capturing the most important, and relevant, of these resources.
NIDA - The National Institute on Drug Addiction is one of the main government bodies that supports addiction research through grants both within NIDA and at outside institutions like universities (including UCLA). NIDA also offers young researchers individual fellowships to support important work (Adi received one of theses awards while researching at UCLA).
SAMHSA - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is in charge, as its name implies, of funding and researching issues specific to the provision of services in general mental health, and addiction-specific, fields. This site also includes links to a basic, location-based, search tool for treatment.
NIMH - The National Institutes on Mental Health are concerned with research into general mental health issues, which at times overlap with addiction issues, in the same way that NIDA is focused on the reverse.
NIAAA - Given that alcohol-specific abuse and addiction is still, by far, the greatest addiction problem in the United-States, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is focused on the specifics of alcohol addiction per se.
This list of other bloggers, who write about addiction and related issues, is constantly expanding and is sorted in alphabetical order. Our goal is to bring you the most complete list of reliable resources out there. We hand-select what goes in here, but it's possible that we've missed another great resource so please let us know if you think you've got another gem.
Addiction Inbox - A well written, science-relevant, blog from our friend Dirk Hanson.
Addiction Management - A blog from Dr. John Fitzgerald that covers many different addiction-relevant topics.
Addiction Tomorrow - Broad, thought provoking, and sometimes humerous content from Mike Ferguson.
All About Addiction (Psychology today) - Our PT personality and a shameless plug.
Breaking The Cycles - A great blog by Lisa Frederiksen about that focuses on addiction's impact on loved ones.
Drug Monkey - One of the most brilliant scientific blogs that often touches on addiction-relevant issues.
Psych In Action - The blog of a UCLA graduate student group Adi started while at UCLA.
Robert Weiss - A blog from the founder of SRI (Sexual Recovery Institute), a leading sex-addiction provider.
Spiritual River - If you're looking for pure inspiration, this river should be on your list. Patrick always has new ways of making you feel like you can make it.
This list may seem unconventional to some, including a wide array of drug- and addiction-relevant sources. Still, I believe that knowledge is power, and the more one learns, the better the choices made. With that in mind, this is the internet, so make sure you're well-read before making up your mind about anything.
Alcoholics Anonymous - The largest, and first of the 12 Step organizations, as warranted by the fact that alcoholism is the biggest of the substance abuse problems in the U.S. Their meetings are free and many find them helpful, especially as part of a social support network after more intensive inpatient, or outpatient, treatment. If AA or its sister programs don't work for you though, don't despair, there are many other options that might.
Ask An Addict - A great social forum where addicts can ask each other questions, get answers, and talk honestly about addiction. It's where Matt LeRose lets you... well, Ask an Addict!
Erowid - Erowid is one of the most visited drug-related sites on the internet and there's a reason for that. You can find almost anything here.
LifeRing - A secular support-group, and abstinence, based recovery group. From their website: "Unlike AA/NA, we see the power to get clean and sober inside each person. Through the positive reinforcement of the group process, that power becomes dominant in each person and enables us to lead clean and sober lives."
Masters in Counseling - For those of you interested in a counseling career, this site collects information on different programs so you have a central resource to go to. That's nice!
Moderation Management - As it's name suggests, Moderation Management is not abstinence-based but focuses instead on limiting drinking to monimize, or avoid altogether, negative consequences associated with alcohol abuse. Moderation Management is intended for problem drinkers who have experienced mild to moderate levels of alcohol-related problems and not for chronic alcoholics or people who would benefit from abstinence-only programs.
Narcotics Anonymous - Though not officially connected, this organization is based on the 12 step system of Alcoholics Anonymous only with a focus towards narcotics, or "hard" drugs. Once again, some people find the 12 steps very helpful and meetings are free, which makes these programs an easy first option to try.
NAADAC - One of the leading national credential-producing associations for alcohol- and drug-abuse counselors.
Philosophie - An amazing collection of healthy ideas, receipes, and tips to make overall life better.
Smart Recovery - A non 12-step-based social-support recovery system that serves as an alternative for those who want another free option. From their website: "Our participants learn tools for recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups."