Substance Abuse Resources

If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or worried about the pandemic, you are not alone. Help is available. Here are some resources to explore.




For Parents:

    • Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery by Beverly Conyers
    • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff
    • Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Jeffrey Foote, Nicole Kosanske and Stephanie Higgs
    • Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Trajedy by David Sheff.
    • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
    • Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You: A Guide for Parents of Drug and Alcohol Addicted Children by Charles Rubin. Narrated by Tom Zingarelli
    • Dreamland The True Tale of American’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

For Younger Readers:

    • Dreamland: (Young Adult Adaptation) the True Tale of American’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
    • Emmy’s Question by Jeannine Auth
    • Hey Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krusoczka
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


E-cigarette and Vaping Cessation

For Parents:

For Young people:





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Substance Use Disorder and the COVID-19 Pandemic:

As the United States and the rest of the world cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many populations that will notably be impacted. Specifically, individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are a population that have been found to be more vulnerable. Due to the virus’ impact on the lungs and respiratory system, some individuals could be at a higher risk for contracting the illness and not fully recovering, such as individuals who smoke marijuana, use electronic cigarettes or more traditional tobacco products, or who are dependent upon opiates/opioids.With the threat of COVID-19, there are growing concerns that alcohol may be used increasingly in a problematic way to cope with anxiety, loneliness, isolation from one’s support system, and home confinements. For anyone, it’s important to be aware that consuming any quantity of alcohol may allow for unhealthy outcomes, such as the suppression of the body’s immune system.