The following organizations provide information that may be of interest to people struggling with addictions or to the friends and family of people struggling with addictions.
California Society of Addiction Medicine: http://www.csam-asam.org/
CSAM is a professional society representing close to 400 physicians dedicated to increasing access and improving the quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of clients with addictions.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
American Board of Addiction Medicine: http://www.abam.net/
The American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) provides assurance to the American public that Addiction Medicine physicians have the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and treat addiction.
ABAM is the nation’s first medical specialty board that certifies addiction medicine physicians across a range of medical specialties. The board sets standards for physician education, assesses physicians’ knowledge and requires and tracks life-long education. It is an independent specialty board established in 2007.
Consumer Guide and Scorecard for Health Insurance Coverage: http://www.csam-asam.org/sites/default/files/pdf/csam_guide-scorecard-dec2014.pdf
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) saw the opportunity to educate consumers shopping for healthcare plans about where to find the best addiction treatment coverage.
To achieve that end CSAM has released a report entitled “Consumer Guide and Scorecard for Health Insurance Coverage in California for Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health.” Reviewed by an expert panel of CSAM member physicians, the Guide and Scorecard rates the quality of and access to addiction care available through Covered California.
The mission of Recovery.org is to connect people and their families with the information and resources to help them recover from substance abuse and behavioral disorders. It is a private resource and does not receive funding from any state or government programs, working instead with some of the country’s most respected treatment organizations who support and sponsor its efforts.
National Institute of Drug Abuse: http://www.drugabuse.gov/
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) leads the Nation in scientific research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. It supports and conducts research across a broad range of disciplines, including genetics, functional neuroimaging, social neuroscience, prevention, medication and behavioral therapies, and health services. It then disseminates the results of that research to significantly improve prevention and treatment and to inform policy as it relates to drug abuse and addiction.
Public Health Addiction Resources: http://www.publichealth.org/resources/addiction/
With everything from prescription medications to gambling, millions of Americans suffer from addictions. These free online resources will give you the perspective you need to lead the fight against addiction.
National Substance Abuse Index: http://nationalsubstanceabuseindex.org/
The National Substance Abuse Index provides a centralized, comprehensive, and easy-to-use directory for the full spectrum of resources related to dealing with alcoholism and drug addiction. It provides the most up-to-date information and help with drug problems such as meth, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, club drug and alcohol use and abuse.
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation: http://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/
Whether you’re in recovery yourself or you’re a professional working in prevention,
addiction, or a related field, Hazelden has resources on all the major addiction treatment
and continuing care, prevention, or recovery-related issues confronting our society today, authored by many of the most respected authorities in the fields. Hazelden lists its most requested resources for key topics in addiction treatment, recovery, and prevention below.
Addiction Center: https://www.addictioncenter.com/
Addiction Center was founded by recovering addicts and health information writers. Its goal is to provide the most up-to-date information on addiction as well as reviews of top treatment centers across the country. Addiction Center is owned and funded by Recovery Worldwide LLC, an organization that creates informational web properties on health and mental health-related topics.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS): http://www.hhs.gov/
The mission of HHS is to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. It fulfills that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.