55+ Substance Abuse & Addiction Resources for Teens & Young Adults
With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions, nearly 13 percent of US adults battling alcoholism, and the use of other illicit drugs on the rise, it’s clear that Americans are experiencing addiction and substance use issues at unprecedented rates.
One of the groups that are currently most susceptible to the woes of addiction are adolescents and young adults. In fact, a 2017 CDC survey found that 30 percent of high school students had consumed alcohol in the last 30 days and a quarter of teens use some sort of illicit drug. The current climate makes the need for substance abuse resources for teens and drug and alcohol help for adolescents even more pressing.
Fortunately, there are many government institutions, nonprofit organizations, and recovery centers out there that are tackling the problem of teen addiction head on. Whether you’re looking for professional counseling, advice on tackling addiction, or just peers going through similar struggles to talk to, help is available.
That’s why we’ve put together this important guide with over 55 resources to help you or a teenager you care about heal from addiction. Here’s what you’ll get in this guide:
- 8 substance use hotlines for teens
- 17 organizations and nonprofits that help teens with addiction
- 6 online resources for teens struggling with substance use
- 27 rehab centers and treatment facilities for teens and young adults
Substance abuse hotlines for teens
These are hotlines and chat services you can call if you or a friend is in crisis or would like to be referred to services that can help you:
- Boys Town National Hotline. Although this hotline is for teens generally and is not specific to adolescents struggling with substance use, their counselors are equipped to deal with substance use and addiction-related crises and offer resources and referrals to get you the help you need. Call 1-800-448-3000 24/7 or check out their other project, Your Life Your Voice, a site where teens can get help navigating common concerns, post on their message boards, or chat, text, call, or email with a counselor.
- Crisis Text Line. If you’re experiencing a crisis, whether it’s related to your mental health or substance use, you can text CONNECT to 741741 to speak with a trained volunteer counselor. Their main objective is to move you from a hot moment to a cool moment while helping you make a plan to keep yourself safe.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Hope Line. NCADD’s Hope Line is a free 24/7 hotline that you can call to get referred to NCADD-affiliated treatment centers in your area. Call 800-622-2255 to get help.
- National Drug Helpline. You can call 1 (888) 633-3239 to get help and treatment referrals if you’re struggling with addiction to alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth, opiates, heroin, or marijuana.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The US Department of Health and Human Services developed this department to help folks with substance use concerns. You can get free, confidential treatment referrals and information services 24/7, every day of the year when you call 1-800-662-HELP for referral routing or 1-800-487-4889 for information services.
- Teen Line Online. This program is designed for teens who want to talk to other teens about their struggles with mental health concerns, bullying, substance use, and other challenging issues. You can call 310-855-4673, text TEEN to 839863, ask questions on their message boards, or even download their app to connect with other teens.
- The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a crisis resource that specifically works with LGBTQIA+ youth. If you’re experiencing a crisis you can text START to 678678, call 1-866-488-7386, or use the chat function on their website.
- 24/7 Recovery Helpline. Call (855) 441-4405 or check out their live chat function to speak with a counselor at any time. They can give you information on recovery options and give you instructions on how to access treatment.
Substance abuse organizations and programs that help teens
These nonprofit and charitable organizations offer services and campaigns aimed at helping teens avoid and overcome drug and alcohol addiction:
- Above The Influence. This national campaign is aimed at keeping teens from developing substance use issues and empowering teens to support one another through drug and alcohol addiction. On their website, you can find useful drug facts, opportunities to share your story, and resources to help you or friend in crisis.
- Addiction Center. An online resource developed by Delphi Behavioral Health Group, Addiction Center provides information and resources on addiction. Check out their Teen Drug Abuse page to learn more specifically about how addiction impacts teens and what resources are available for adolescents. You can also call their help line at (877) 825-1872 to get referred to treatment options.
- Addiction Education Society. The Addiction Education Society is a nonprofit that provides public education, resources, and information on addiction, with specific resources for teens and parents of teens. Their site can help you understand more about addiction, figure out if you might have a problem, and learn how to talk to a friend who might be struggling with substance use.
- Alateen. Al-Anon is the arm of Alcoholics Anonymous that offers support groups for folks who have a family member, friend, or loved one struggling with addiction. Alateen is the Al-Anon group specifically for teens where you can meet in person or chat online. It should be noted that this group is not for folks who are struggling with addiction themselves.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). It’s likely you’re familiar with AA, the support group that helps you work through twelve steps towards overcoming alcohol addiction. Their website has some helpful resources to get you started, plus you can use their directory to find a meeting near you.
- DrugRehab.com. This online resource from Advanced Recovery Systems provides educational information on addiction, options for treatment, a hotline you can call to get help, and an advocacy and support page where you can read stories about how others have overcome addiction. Find their guide for living sober as a college student here.
- Indian Health Services (IHS). If you’re an Indigenous American or Alaskan Native teen, the IHS has resources to help teens and young adults struggling with addiction, particularly through their Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP).
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA). If you’re struggling specifically with drug addiction, NA offers support groups centering the twelve-step model. Find a local meeting here.
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). A government organization specifically working on alcohol addiction, their website is a useful resource for folks struggling with alcohol addiction who are looking for effective treatment options.
- National Institute of Drug Abuse For Teens (NIDA). This government institute provides specific resources for adolescents and their loved ones on drug abuse. Their website features videos, fact sheets, and games and activities to help teens understand substance use. They also offer useful guides to help yourself or a loved one who is struggling with addiction here.
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Parents who know or suspect their teens may be struggling with drug or alcohol use can check out the resources from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to get advice on how to help your child, information on treatment and recovery, and free one-on-one support when you call 1-855-378-4373, text 55753, or use their live chat feature.
- Pathway to Prevention. Pathway to Prevention offers specific resources to parents and educators to help prevent the adolescents in their lives from developing drug and alcohol addictions and to learn how to navigate substance use concerns as they arise. They have especially active message boards on Facebook where parents can ask questions and support one another through these concerns.
- Project Know. This campaign from the American Addiction Centers is an online portal that has resources on drug and alcohol addiction, mental health concerns, and treatment options. Check out their resource page for teens here to learn how to get help for yourself or a loved one.
- Recovery.org. Recovery.org was developed by American Addiction Centers to provide media, forums, and educational resources to folks who are struggling with addiction. On their site, you can learn more about your treatment options, get a better understanding of addiction, and hop on their message boards to ask and answer questions about your experiences.
- Teen Addiction Anonymous. Through their MPOWRD curriculum and training, Teen Addiction Anonymous empowers teens to create safe spaces to support one another through addiction. The program is based on the 12-step model but was revised with young adults in mind. You can start a chapter in your school by finding a facilitator and following the steps here. They also have a YouTube channel where you can follow other teens and their stories.
- Teen Rehab. Teen Rehab is a free online resource that educates teens about drug and alcohol use and addiction. You can also call them 24/7 at (888) 611-3693 to get more information and find out locations to get treatment.
- Truth. Truth is a national campaign to help teens avoid and quit smoking. They also offer information on opioids, including this useful page where you can learn more about the opioid epidemic, read stories from others who have experienced opioid addiction, and find treatment options.
Online resources for teens struggling with substance abuse
Here are some online resources that can help you curb your drug and alcohol use, connect with peers, and get the information you need to learn more about substance use:
- AddictionTribe. The TherapyTribe website offers online chat rooms and support groups for people struggling with various mental health and social issues. If online support groups are more your speed, login to start chatting with your peers right away.
- Cocaine Anonymous Online. If you’re struggling with cocaine addiction, CA Online can connect you to 24/7 email meetings and voice-only Skype meetings.
- Drinkaware. A UK-based education project and nonprofit, Drinkaware offers resources to help you track and make sense of your alcohol use. Check out their Drink Tracker and Tools to get access to a self-assessment to help you understand your substance use and their drink tracker app that lets you keep track of your drinking habits.
- Gobi. This is one of the few online substance abuse prevention programs that specifically works with teens and young adults. Their free program offers assignments that teens can complete to better understand their substance use, plus a text program that sends supportive texts to help teens work through addiction. They’ve also got great resources to help parents start conversations with their teens about substance use.
- Kids Health. Kids Health is a nonprofit organization that offers educational resources on a number of health topics for teens. Their Teen Health drugs and alcohol resource page speaks directly to teens and provides information on a number of different drugs, drug abuse, and how to get help if you think you may have a problem.
- SMART Recovery. Short for Self Management and Recovery Training, SMART Recovery connects teens and youth who are struggling with substance use with one another through message board discussions and online meetings. You can also check out their Recovery Manual and their Articles and Essays for more useful information.
Teen rehabilitation centers
If you’ve decided that you want to seek out help for yourself or a loved one, these rehab centers offer treatment that specifically centers teens and young adults. This list is far from exhaustive, but it does offer some great examples of rehab programs to help get you started:
- Acadia Healthcare. Acadia has 586 behavioral health facilities in the US and Puerto Rico. They offer day treatment programs for children and adolescents and wilderness therapy, outdoor therapeutic programming for teens and young adults struggling with mental health and substance use concerns. Find your location here.
- Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) Cincinnati. Located in Cincinnati, OH, ASAP provides several programs including TRIP, an intensive outpatient program for teens, CHOICES an educational program for teens who may use substances but don’t qualify as having a substance use disorder, individual therapy, and Continuing Care, a weekly meeting for TRIP alums who want ongoing support.
- Anasazi Foundation (Mesa, AZ). Anasazi is Outdoor Behavioral Health program where teens ages 13-17 spend a minimum of 49 days hiking and camping in the Arizona wilderness to help overcome behavioral health and substance abuse struggles. Parents call or Skype in for weekly therapy sessions and can opt to walk with their kids during the last two to three days of the program. Participants can receive high school credit.
- Caron Treatment Centers (PA and FL). This general rehab group offers teen-specific services at their locations in Pennsylvania and Florida. They offer inpatient and outpatient programming, family services, education, and a Breakthrough five-day workshop to help you work through addiction.
- Daybreak Youth Services. Daybreak offers both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment services for young adults and adolescents at several locations in Washington state including a women-specific program in Spokane.
- Elk River Treatment (Huntsville, AL). Youth ages 12-18 can enter into their teen residential program which also includes schooling for grades 6-12 so you won’t fall behind in school by entering their program.
- EVOLVE Treatment. With locations throughout California, EVOLVE offers intensive outpatient treatment, day and partial hospitalization programs, medically monitored detox, and residential treatment for teens. Check out their Tips and Advice for Struggling Teens for some helpful information.
- First Step Services (NC). First Step offers confidential substance abuse assessments as well as outpatient individual, group, and family counseling for teens struggling with substance use. At their Six Forks Road facility, you can attend their free Family and Community Education (FACE) program where loved ones of folks who are experiencing addiction can meet and get support.
- Gateway Foundation (Chicago, IL). Gateway offers residential, full-day and half-day outpatient and regular outpatient programs through their adolescent recovery programs. They can also connect you with sober living homes if you’re starting college or not living with parents.
- Hazelden Betty Ford. This rehab foundation provides detox, medication-assisted treatment, sober living facilities, and inpatient and outpatient programs for teens at their 17 locations throughout the US.
- Inspirations Youth (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Inspirations offers residential drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment for teens ages 13-18.
- Kokua Recovery (Oklahoma and Colorado). Kokua offers research based inpatient recovery programming for teens ages 13-17 which centers experiential, recreational, and adventure therapy as a means to recovery. Speak with their counselors to find insurance and scholarship funding options.
- Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center (Austin, TX). This rehab facility offers programming for teens ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-24. They offer residential treatment that typically lasts 30-45 days as well as an outpatient day program with an onsite accredited high school.
- Muir Wood Teen Rehab (Sonoma County, CA). Muir Wood offers residential treatment specifically for boys ages 12-19 based on research that gender-specific treatment tends to be more successful. They do also provide outpatient programming for both boys and girls.
- New Adventure Treatment Center (Morrow, AR). New Adventure provides residential addiction treatment for boys ages 14 to 17 ½ with a focus on fitness and outdoor adventures as a therapeutic modality.
- New Beginnings (Opelousas, LA). New Beginnings offers residential treatment for teens of all genders. Their programming involves treatment of withdrawal, counseling rooted in the twelve steps, experiential therapy including expressive and adventure-based options, aftercare services, and encouragement of family involvement.
- Newport Academy. With locations in Connecticut, New York City, and California, Newport offers gender-specific residential, outpatient, and day school programs for teens struggling with addiction and mental health concerns.
- Polaris Teen Center (Encino and Tarzana, CA). Polaris provides residential treatment for teens including individual and family therapy as well as art, recreational, and experiential therapies including yoga, equine therapy, creative writing, and more.
- Rushford (CT). Rushford provides addiction services to teens including residential and outpatient programming, medication-assisted treatment, a day school program including academics, and the Seven Challenges program, a group therapy experience that helps teens talk openly about substance use struggles.
- Safe Landing Recovery for Teens (Miami Gardens, FL). Safe Landing accepts most major insurance plans and offers residential inpatient treatment, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, family counseling, summer rehab, and aftercare support programming for teens experiencing addiction.
- Sandstone Care (Colorado and Washington, D.C.). Sandstone provides specific programming for teens and young adults at locations around Denver and Boulder, CO as well as Bethesda, MD. Their programming centers family involvement, building supportive social networks and using experiential treatment to help overcome addiction. They also have a sober living facility in Rally Point near Washington, D.C.
- South Oaks (Suffolk and Nassau County, NY). South Oaks offers inpatient and partial hospitalization programming for teens ages 13 through 18.
- Teen Challenge USA. Teen Challenge is a Christian faith-based recovery program that operates in 261 locations across the US. They offer both residential and non-residential recovery services in addition to educational programming for teens and young adults in schools.
- The Teen Treatment Center (Palm Beach, CA). The teen facility of The Treatment Center provides residential inpatient care and education for young adults. They also have treatment services for parents and siblings of teens struggling with addiction.
- Turnbridge (New Haven, CT). Turnbridge is a nationally-recognized facility with residential treatment and academic programming for young men and women in addition to outpatient services.
- Village Behavioral Health (Knoxville, TN). Youth ages 13-17 who are struggling with drug and alcohol use can get residential treatment including academic programming at their facility. Use their online mental health and addiction assessment tools to see if residential treatment is right for you.
- Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers (Malibu, CA). Visions provides residential treatment, extended care, outpatient care, day school and psychological evaluations for adolescents. They focus on dual diagnoses, meaning teens who are struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use concerns.
Addiction and substance use are difficult topics to address, but it’s so important that people struggling from these issues have access to help, especially if they are teenagers or young adults. Check out the resources we’ve provided here if you or a loved one is facing addiction.
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