Addiction & Recovery Organizations and Support Groups

Al-Anon/Alateen Association
Alcoholics Anonymous
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Council for Drug Education
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Assn for Medical Education & Research in Substance Abuse
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, Brown Univ.
CESAR (Center for Substance Abuse Research)
Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
National Addiction Technology Transfer Center
National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws (NAMSDL)
National Assn of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
National Association of Lesbian & Gay Addiction Professionals
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors
National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)
National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Rand Drug Policy Research Center
Research Institute on Addictions, U. of Buffalo
Society for the Study of Addiction Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin.
Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA)
U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) - Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance

Recovery Resources Online at

The Federal Government operates many clearinghouses and information centers that provide assistance to health professionals, educators, researchers, and the public. To respond to the specific needs of NIDA Infofax callers, the following is a list of agencies that address drug abuse-related issues. These services distribute publications, provide referrals, and answer simple to complex inquiries. Many offer toll-free numbers, mailing and Internet addresses, foreign language-specific lines, and fax numbers. Unless otherwise noted, services can be reached by phone in the continental United States during Eastern Standard Time.

  1. National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Service
    1-800-662-4357 (HELP)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    Office of Applied Studies
    P.O. Box 2345
    11426-28 Rockville Pike 20847-2345, Suite 200
    Rockville, MD 20847-2345

    Provides adolescent and family counseling for drug and alcohol problems, helps locate treatment facilities for callers, and faxes and mails printed materials. Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous referrals are made. Spanish-speaking representatives are available by appointment. Both taped information and operator assistance. 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  2. National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
    301-468-2600 (local)
    1-800-487-4889 (TTY/TDD)
    301-230-2867 (TTY/TDD)
    301-468-6433 (fax)
    11426-28 Rockville Pike
    PO Box 2345
    Rockville, MD 20847-2345

    Disseminates free and priced brochures, books, videos, fact sheets, and other materials by mail. Free items are limited to five per call. Catalog available. Other services include subject searches and provision of statistics. Operates the Regional Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR), a nationwide linkage of alcohol and other drug information centers. Maintains a library open to the public. Operator assistance and taped information available in both English and Spanish. M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  3. Wally Bear Hotline (for children)
    11426-28 Rockville Pike
    PO Box 2345
    Rockville, MD 20847-2345

    Designed for young children (ages 5 to 12). Provides drug-use prevention messages spoken by cartoon character Wally Bear and his friends. Taped voice only. Choice of several topics. 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  4. National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
    703-321-8547 (fax)
    Springfield, VA 22161-0001

    Major federal resource center that includes a selection of titles and videos related to drug abuse. This service has over 3 million items available. Callers are charged for items ordered, in addition to mailing and handling. No catalog is available to the public; call for current subject areas. M-F, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  5. Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
    301-251-5212 (fax)
    2277 Research Blvd.
    Rockville, MD 20850

    Funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Justice, this service disseminates free and priced statistical data on drug-related crime by mail and fax (extra cost for faxing, copying, and rush handling). Free items are limited to five per call. Operator assistance. M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  6. Workplace Helpline
    1-800-WORKPLACE (967-5752)
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Cannot be reached by mail.

    Trained specialists provide technical guidance in developing and evaluating programs and policies regarding alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. Funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Workplace Helpline is designed for decision makers in business, union organizations, and community-based, anti-drug groups. Consultation is provided in areas including policy development, supervisor training, employee education, employee assistance programs, and drug testing. All publications are free. Operator assistance. Confidential messages may be left at other times; a return call within one business day. M-F, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  7. Office on Smoking and Health
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
    Office on Smoking and Health
    4770 Buford Highway, NE, MS K50
    Atlanta, GA 30341-3724

    Disseminates the latest publications on smoking, tobacco, and health. A catalog of free publications can be ordered by mail or phone. The toll-free number provides a convenient method to order publications. The user may select commands spoken in English or Spanish. 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  8. National Prevention Information Network
    1-800-458-5231 (English & Spanish)
    1-800-344-7432 (Spanish)
    1-800-243-7012 (TTY/TDD)
    301-738-6616 (Fax)
    301-562-1098 (International line
    Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
    PO Box 6003
    Rockville, MD 20849-6003

    Provides information about HIV/AIDS prevention and education materials, programs and services, funding, CDC surveillance activities, guidelines and statements, and HIV-related upcoming events. Disseminates single and bulk copies of educational brochures, posters, reports, and videotapes no charge. Free items are limited to five per call. Have a prevention news list serve to enhance communication among professionals who work in the field of HIV prevention, and three resource centers (Rockville, Md., and Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, MD & John Hopkins Univ) that are open by appointment, M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Operator assistance.

  9. National HIV/AIDS Hotline
    1-800-342-AIDS (2437)
    1-800-344-7432 (Spanish)
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    PO Box 13827
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

    AIDS awareness, education, and counseling service. Trained counselors. Operator assistance. Callers interested in receiving materials are referred to the National HIV/AIDS Clearinghouse. 24 hours, 7 days a week.

  10. Office of Consumer Affairs Inquiry Line
    1-800-INFOFDA (463-6332) Food and Drug Administration
    600 Fishers Lane, HFE-50
    Rockville, MD 20847-2464

    Responds to requests regarding FDA regulation and product information and publications. Priced and free materials available. M-F, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  11. Drug Information and Strategy Clearinghouse
    202-708-1197 (local)
    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    PO Box 8577
    Silver Spring, MD 20907

    Promotes strategies for eliminating drugs and drug trafficking in public housing. Provides housing officials, residents, and community leaders with a source of information and assistance on drug abuse prevention and trafficking control techniques. Maintains an automated database system consisting of national and community program descriptions, publications, research, and news articles. Provides resource lists. Items are priced and are free. Taped information; voice mail for a return call. M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.