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Resources for substance abuse

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000545025.21661.d9
Department: Infobytes

USE THESE WEBSITES for helpful, easy-to-read information on interventions for patients with drug, alcohol, and other substance use disorders.

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Center on Addiction

The Center on Addiction is dedicated to research into the impact of substance abuse and the causes and treatment of addiction. This nonprofit and nonpartisan organization states that it uses its wide range of research to develop prevention and treatment strategies. The site also contains extensive background information about addiction, as well as prevention strategies and treatment information. An up-to-date patient treatment guide, infographics, videos, and other resources available on the site help patients find quality care and navigate available resources.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA's website focuses on various types of substance abuse, including alcohol, prescription drugs, and opioids. Besides providing information on emerging drugs and drug use trends, it links readers to topics related to substance abuse, publications, e-newsletters, and more.

Certain pages are dedicated to researchers, healthcare professionals, parents and teachers, students, young adults, and patients and families. The healthcare professionals' page, for example, provides screening resources, patient-teaching materials, and treatment information.

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA provides a 24/7 treatment helpline, a substance abuse facility locator, and a suicide prevention lifeline. The site also includes a directory for opioid treatment programs and a list of articles related to addiction and substance abuse. For families, it offers information explaining addiction, what patients can expect during and after treatment, and how to help children cope when parents experience addiction.

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US Department of Health & Human Services

Specific to the prescription drug and heroin overdose epidemic, this site organizes information into sections for easy access. Patients can learn about types of pain medication, the opioid epidemic, prevention and treatment programs and tools, and overdose response. Resources for law enforcement and healthcare professionals (including safe prescribing tools) are also highlighted.

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