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Academic and Research Organizations

Brown Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

A department at Brown University that promotes the prevention, and treatment of alcohol and other drug use problems through research, education, training and policy advocacy.

www.caas.brown.edu

Center for Substance Abuse Research

A research center based at the University of Maryland that collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on substance abuse and related problems.

www.cesar.umd.edu

Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems

A group based at the George Washington University Medical Center that works with policymakers, employers and communities to provide research-based information and tools to curb avoidable alcohol-related health care costs and improve access to treatment.

www.ensuringsolutions.org

Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention

An organization funded by the US Department of Education that supports higher education institutions in trying to address alcohol and other drug problems.

www.higheredcenter.org

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

A membership-based nonprofit organization that sponsors myriad scientific studies and clinical investigations of psychoactive drugs, such as MDMA and marijuana.

www.maps.org

National Center on Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA)

A research and policy think tank housed at Columbia University, publishing studies on all forms of substance abuse, with online resources for community advocacy and updates on public policy issues.

www.casacolumbia.org

Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)

An international members society that promotes research by enabling scientists and addiction field professionals at different universities and organizations to share and widely disseminate their information and research on alcoholism.

www.rsoa.org

Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies Library

Based at New Jerseys Rutgers campus, this institute is dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge on psychoactive substance use, particularly alcohol.

www.alcoholstudies.rutgers.edu

Scripps Research Institute

A research facility that conducts numerous studies on addiction and substance dependence, including marijuana withdrawal.

www.scripps.edu

Advocacy, Education and Policy Organizations

Advocates for the Integration of Recovery and Methadone (AFIRM)

A consumer organization that endorses methadone as an effective tool of recovery that can be enhanced through the integration of other treatment approaches.

www.afirmfwc.org

American Council for Drug Education

A subsidiary organization of Phoenix House that develops programs and materials based on recent scientific research advances.

www.anewpathsite.org

Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)

A nonprofit education and advocacy organization that partly focuses on reducing the damage caused by the overconsumption of alcoholic beverages.

www.cspinet.org

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

A national prevention organization that trains local anti-drug coalitions to assess and tackle drug problems in their communities.

www.cadca.org

Do It Now Foundation

A non-profit publisher of alcohol, substance abuse, and health information, targeting audiences including middle school, high school and college students.

www.doitnow.org

Drug Policy Alliance

An anti-drug war group that promotes drug policies based on science, compassion, health, and human rights.

www.drugpolicy.org

Drug Scope

An independent UK center on drugs and drug use, whose controversial studies on practices and government policies frequently trigger a maelstrom of heated debate.

www.drugscope.org.uk

Drug Strategies

An organization that supports private and public efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention, education, treatment, law enforcement and community initiatives.

www.drugstrategies.org

Entertainment Industries Council (EIC)

A nonprofit organization that encourages the entertainment industry to accurately and unsensationally depict the major public health and social issues surrounding drugs and alcohol.

www.eiconline.org

Faces & Voices of Recovery

A national nonprofit organization working to mobilize, organize and rally Americans in a campaign to end discrimination, broaden understanding and achieve a just response to addiction.

www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org

Fighting Back

A partnership of businesses, communities and government agencies working together to fight substance abuse in their communities.

www.fightingback.org

Harm Reduction Coalition

A national advocacy group that promotes programs to tackle adverse effects of drug abuse, such as overdose, HIV, hepatitis C, addiction, and incarceration.

www.harmreduction.org

Join Together

A Boston University School of Health project supporting effective drug and alcohol policy and providing information on current policy and legislative issues, political advocacy, and a large online database and documents library.

www.jointogether.org

Legal Action Center

An organization that fights discrimination against people with histories of addiction, by providing legal services, policy advocacy, research, and training.

www.lac.org

Marin Institute

An alcohol industry watchdog that disseminates and collates information on alcohol use, problems, and policies.

www.marininstitute.org

Medical Assisted Treatment

A site aiming to raise awareness and acceptance of methadone treatment for substance abuse.

www.medicalassistedtreatment.org

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)

An organization advocating for children and families affected by alcoholism and other drug dependencies.

www.nacoa.org

National Alliance for Medication Assisted Recovery (NAMA Recovery)

An organization of methadone patients, healthcare professionals and their allies, that supports opiate agonist treatment.

www.methadone.org

National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP)

An organization that promotes the establishment and funding of special drug courts for drug offenders.

www.nadcp.org

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

A nonprofit organization that supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.

www.nasadad.org

National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability (NAADD)

An organization that promotes awareness and education on addiction among people with co-existing disabilities and works to improve access to services, information, and education.

www.naadd.org

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

A voluntary health organization that fights the stigma and disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.

www.ncadd.org

National Families in Action

A family prevention organization focused on opposition to the legalization of marijuana.

www.nationalfamilies.org

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (NIPC)

A public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the problem of inhalant use.

www.inhalants.org

Partnership for a Drug-Free America

A nonprofit coalition of scientists, communications professionals and parenting experts seeking to reduce demand for drugs through anti-drug advertising and other forms of media communication.

www.drugfreeamerica.org

Partnership for Recovery

An advocacy group formed by the Betty Ford Center, Hazelden Foundation, Valley Hope Association and Caron Foundation to promote the value of treatment to policy makers and the public.

www.partnershipforrecovery.org

Stop the Drug War

A national organization that advocates for drug legalization and provides drugs news and views.

www.stopthedrugwar.org

Transform Drug Policy Foundation

A UK think tank opposing the war on drugs and arguing for effective and humane systems of drug regulation.

www.tpdf.org

Treatment Improvement Exchange

A web center that offers information and resources for advocacy groups and alcohol and drug addiction organizations.

www.treatment.org

Faith-Based Recovery Organizations

Buddhist Recovery Network

An organization that supports the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help overcome addictions.

www.buddhistrecovery.org

Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons and Significant Others

A mutual-help group for Jews in recovery from alcohol and other chemical abuse that helps recovering Jews and their families connect, explore their Jewish roots, and discover helpful resources.

www.jacsweb.org

Millati Islami

An Islamic fellowship of men and women supporting recovery from alcohol and drug addictions.

www.millatiislami.org

National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems (NCCA)

A body affiliated with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that promotes greater awareness and acceptance of alcoholism and other chemical addictions, and prevention issues.

www.nccatoday.org

Provident Living

An organization run by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints that sponsors addiction recovery meetings and offers program recovery guides.

www.providentliving.org

Third Step

A Christian website that deals with recovery from addiction from a biblical perspective and hosts discussion forums.

www.thidstep.org

Professional Organizations

Addiction Studies Program for Journalists

A program co-sponsored by North Carolinas Wake Forest University School of Medicine that conducts special workshops and lectures for journalists interested in learning more about alcohol and addiction.

www.addictionstudies.org

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

An international membership organization that provides information and resources for psychiatrists specializing in addiction.

www.aaap.org

American Bar Association Standing Committee on Substance Abuse

A committee of Americas preeminent legal organization that addresses legal and policy issues involving alcohol and drug addiction.

www.americanbar.org/groups

American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

A professional society representing close to 3,000 physicians dedicated to increasing access and improving quality of addiction treatment, educating physicians and the public, supporting research and prevention, and promoting the appropriate role of physicians in the care of patients with addictions.

www.asam.org

Association for Medical Education and Research (AMERSA)

An organization that focuses on the education and training of doctors, nurses, and medical professionals on substance abuse care.

www.amersa.org

International Council on Alcohol and Addiction

A nonprofit organization bringing together national bodies and a wide range of addiction professionals to exchange knowledge, ideas, advice, guidance, expertise, and research about recent addiction advances.

www.icaa.ch

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

A professional organization designed for addiction care specialists that provides resources and information for people who work in the addiction field.

www.naadac.org

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)

An organization that provides news and policy updates and promotes research-based treatment on behalf of nonprofit and private treatment providers.

www.naatp.org

National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals (NALGAP)

A membership organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in LGBT communities.

www.nalgap.org

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)

A nonprofit organization that supports the development of effective alcohol and other drug abuse prevention and treatment programs.

www.nasadad.org

National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council (NBAC)

A nonprofit organization that represents a cross-section of the larger black community, including professionals and businesspeople, and promotes the prevention of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

www.nbacinc.org

Physician and Lawyers for National Drug Policy

A national group of physicians and lawyers promoting rational drugs policy and providing research and advocacy resources.

www.plndp.org