Resources & Useful Links Regarding Opioid Addiction


Websites & Online Resources


Al-Anon Family Groups is a website of resources and supports for family members-including children impacted by addiction.

Above the Influence

Above the Influence is a program from the non-profit organization Partnership for Drug-Free Kids filled with resources for teens to stand up to negative pressures in their lives, including drugs. It offers teens drug facts, how to find help for themselves or a friend, and ways to get involved in their communities to fight these negative pressures.

Addiction Rehab Treatment – Opioid Resources is a third-party information service for consumers dealing with addiction or seeking addiction treatment information such as addictions, treatment practices, and addiction facilities.

Center for Disease Control – Opioid Epidemic

This is the Center for Disease Control’s website on the opioid epidemic, including heroin. Comprised of current facts and statistics on the heroin epidemic, links to further reading, and information on overdose.


Since 1983, the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program has been part of schools across America with law enforcement personnel delivering lessons about peer pressure, drug and alcohol awareness, and more recently bullying and internet safety.

Just Think Twice

Just Think Twice is a United States Government, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse site provides resources for those in need of drug abuse assistance and their families. Information includes links to fact sheets, how to find help for teens and adults, questions to ask when seeking treatment, and up-to-date research being conducted in the field. Check out the special sections for Patients and Families, Parents and Educators, and Children and Teens.

NIH – Drugs and Young People

The National Institutes of Health’s Web site, “Drugs and Young People”, provides links and resources on drug abuse including symptoms, prevention, treatment, statistics and research, as well as information on specific drugs, age specific resources, news, and related topics.

Partnership to End Addiction

Partnership to End Addiction has resources that include guide and video supports with ideas for opening conversations with kids about drug and alcohol use, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions from kids.

For Parents & Educators

The National Institute for Drug Abuse parent and educator pages include publications and resources that educators can request free of charge and videos related to addiction science.

Windward Way

Windward Way provides an Opioid Addiction Guide that provides helpful answers to questions regarding addiction, what causes addiction, as well as identifies signs and symptoms of Opioid Abuse to both men and women.



Doin’ Drugs: Patterns of African American Addiction
William H. James

Parental Substance Misuse and Child Welfare
Brynna Kroll 

The Street Addict Role: a Theory of Heroin Addiction
Richard C. Stephens




Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery
Beverly Conyers
YCL Call Number: 362.29 CON

Christina Fisanick
YCL Call Number: 362.29 ADD

Addiction and Overdose
Connie Goldsmith
YCL Call Number: 362.29 GOL

The Anatomy of Addiction
Akikur Mohammad
YCL Call Number: 362.29 MOH

Beyond Addiction: how science and kindness help people change: a guide for families
Jeffrey Foote
YCL Call Number: 616.86 FOO

Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy
David Sheff
YCL Call Number: 362.29 SHE

Coming Clean: overcoming addiction without treatment
Robert Granfield 
YCL Call Number: 616.86 GRA

Gateway Drugs
Noel Marino
YCL Call Number: 362.29 GAT

Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis
Erin Marie Daly
YCL Call Number: 362.29 DAL

Getting Them Sober. Vol. 1: –You can Help!
Toby Rice Drews
YCL Call Number: 362.29 DRE VOL. ONE

Get Your Loved One Sober: alternatives to nagging, pleading, and threatening
Robert J. Meyers & Brenda L. Wolfe
YCL Call Number: 362.292 MEY

Guided by Grace: One Preacher’s Journey Through Active Addiction into Healing and Hope
Michelle Baynes Owens
YCL Call Number: 362.29 OWE

Helping the addict you love
Laurence Michael Westreich
YCL Call Number: 616.86 WES

YCL Call Number: 362.29 EGE

Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment: And How to get Help that Works
Anne M. Fletcher
YCL Call Number: 362.29 FLE

It’s Not about You, Except when it is: A Field Manual for Parents of Addicted Children
Barbara Victoria
YCL Call Number: 362.29 VIC

Living Clean
Narcotics Anonymous
YCL Call Number: 362.29 LIV

Sigrid Rausing
YCL Call Number: Adults 362.29 RAU

Medicines that Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic
James Marcum
YCL Call Number: 362.29 MAR

Pain Killer: A “Wonder” Drug’s trail of Addiction and Death   
Barry Meier
YCL Call Number: 362.29 MEI

Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity: Real Solutions for Long-Term Recovery and Opiate Addiction
Joani Gammill
YCL Call Number: Adults 616.86 GAM

Sandpaper Sisters: Addicts Turned Community Builders: Miracles do Happen!
Michele McKnight Baker
YCL Call Number: 362.2 BAK

Soaring Above Co-Addiction: Helping your loved one get Clean, While Creating the life of your Dreams
Lisa Ann Espich
YCL Call Number: 362.29 ESP

Staying Sober: a Guide for Relapse Prevention.
Terence T. Gorski
YCL Call Number: 362.2 GOR

Teen Drug Abuse  
Pamela Willwerth Aue
YCL Call Number: 362.29 TEE

Trapped: Mercy for Addictions
Nancy Alcorn
YCL Call Number: 362.29 ALC

Understanding the Twelve Steps : an Interpretation and Guide for Recovering People
Terence T. Gorski
YCL Call Number: 362.29 GOR

What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone
Christopher Kennedy Lawford
YCL Call Number: 362.2 LAW


Juvenile Fiction and Nonfiction

All about heroin
Ben Sonder
YCL Call Number: Kids J362.29 SON

The Dangers of Heroin
John Allen
YCL Call Number: Kids 362.29 ALL

Drug Abuse
Dennis Fradin
YCL Call Number: J362.2 FRA

Heroin: the deadly addiction
Corona Brezina
YCL Call Number: Kids 362.29 BRE

Sunny Side Up
Jennifer L. Holm
YCL Call Number: Kids HOL Graphic


Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

Amy Lynn Reed

Ellen Hopkins

Go ask Alice

Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes
YCL Call Number: 362.2 SHA



Chasing Heroin
YCL Call Number: Adults 362.29 CHA

Heroin Nation
Discovery Channel
YCL Call Number: Adults 362.29 HER

Articles & Other Information

What is the Opioid Epidemic?

In the News

Opioid Epidemic and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Information about Substances

Intervention and Treatment

Government Resources

  • Opioid Overdose – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Interim Report – White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis