Substance Abuse Resources

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.

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


Please note that the following new resources have been added to this list during the Coronavirus pandemic:

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families (ongoing meetings during COVID-19)

Above the Influence (Support for Teens who Choose not to Use Substances)

Above the Influence (Support for Teens who Parents are Struggling with Substance Use)

Alcoholics Anonymous

Center on Addiction 

Center on Addiction and Partnership for Drug Free Kids COVID-19 Resources 

Help Stop Your Child from Vaping during COVID-19 

One-on-One Help for Your Child during COVID-19 

Protecting Your Child from Substance Use during COVID-19 

Welcoming an Adult Child back Home during COVID-19 

I am Sober: Sobriety App 

KidsHealth (Information for parents, educators, teens, and kids) 

National Association for Children of Addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous

Partnership for Drug Free Kids

Original list of resources before the Coronavirus pandemic:

Safe Treatment Locator

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration –

1-800-662-HELP (4357) Treatment locator –

National Institute of Mental Health –

National Institute on Drug Abuse –

Opioid Awareness, Arlington County, Virginia –

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America –

The Partnership at Drug –

Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth and Families –

Arlington-teens –

Get the Facts about Drugs –

Get Smart about Drugs –

Is your teen hiding drugs right under your nose? –


Talking to Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol

What you need to know and how to talk to your kids about Vaping

Drug Facts-E-cigarettes    Drug Facts-Cigarrillos Electronicos

 Respiratory Effects of Marijuana

 Marijuana’s Lasting Effects on the Brain

Spice: ‘If You Use It, You’re Experimenting on Yourself


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


Arlington Partnership for Children Youth and Families – “Raising Safe & Healthy Teens, Making The Connections”

E-cigarette and Vaping Cessation


For Parents:

For Young people:



1.Listen Now! – September 19, 2017 at 11:15 am. Episode 6 of the What’s Up, APS? In this episode, we talk to substance abuse counselors Jenny Sexton and Maria Ceballos about the role of substance abuse counselors; what to look for if you suspect your child is using an illegal substance; intervention and education.


2018-19 Williamsburg Middle School Vimeo Vaping:

Feb. 27, 2018 Snapshots Video Highlighting Substance Abuse Counselors

Vimeo 2018: Stash Kits and Vaping/Juuling

feb. 5, 2018 CBS Interview with APS Substance Abuse Counselor, Dr. Mila Vascones-Gatski about Juuling


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