Resources and Useful Links Regarding Opioid Addiction


Websites and Online Resources

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.

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.

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.

Too Smart To Start is a public education initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through this initiative, SAMHSA provides research-based strategies and materials to professionals and volunteers at the community level to help them conduct an underage alcohol use prevention program.

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

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.

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

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has a web page dedicated to providing information for families. The site includes prevention tips for parents, intervention tips, information on talking to children, and more.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids 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.

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.



Sandpaper Sisters: Addicts Turned Community Builders: Miracles do Happen!

Michele McKnight Baker

YCL Call Number: 362.2 BAK


Coming Clean

Robert Granfield 

YCL Call Number: 616.86 GRA


Think About Drugs and Society: Responding to an Epidemic

Richard A. Hawley

YCL Call Number: 362.2 Haw


Coping With Substance Abuse

Rhoda McFarland

YCL Call Number: 362.2 MCF


Understanding the Twelve Steps : an Interpretation and Guide for Recovering People

Terence T. Gorski

YCL Call Number: 362.29 GOR


Staying Sober: a Guide for Relapse Prevention.

Terence T. Gorski

YCL Call Number: 362.2 GOR


Healing and Hope: Six Women from the Betty Ford Center Share their Powerful Journeys of Addiction and Recovery

Betty Ford

YCL Call Number: 362.29 FOR


Substance and Shadow: Women and Addiction in the United States

Stephen R. Kandall

YCL Call Number: 362.29 K131


Get Your Loved One Sober

Robert J. Meyers

YCL Call Number: 362.292 MEY


Teen Drug Abuse         

YCL Call Number: 362.29 TEE


I Want to Talk to My Teen About Addictions.

YCL Call Number: 362.29 HUT


Trapped: Mercy for Addictions

Nancy Alcorn

YCL Call Number: 362.29 ALC


Getting Them Sober. Vol. 1: –You can Help!

Toby Rice Drews

YCL Call Number: 362.29 DRE VOL. ONE


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



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YCL Call Number: 362.29 BER


The Street Addict Role: a Theory of Heroin Addiction

Richard C. Stephens



Stepping Stones to Recovery from Cocaine/Crack Addiction



Doin’ Drugs: Patterns of African American Addiction

William H. James



Parental Substance Misuse and Child Welfare

Brynna Kroll 



Guided by Grace: One Preacher’s Journey Through Active Addiction into Healing and Hope

Michelle Baynes Owens

YCL Call Number: 362.29 OWE


What Addicts Know: 10 Lessons from Recovery to Benefit Everyone

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

YCL Call Number: 362.2 LAW


Cocaine Nation

YCL Call Number: 362.29 COC


Addict in the Family: Stories of Loss, Hope, and Recovery

Beverly Conyers

YCL Call Number: 362.29 CON


Beyond Addiction

Jeffrey Foote

YCL Call Number: 616.86 FOO


Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis

Erin Marie Daly

YCL Call Number: 362.29 DAL


Kick Your Addiction

Dr. Frederick Woolverton

YCL Call Number: 616.86 WOO


Medicines that Kill: The Truth about the Hidden Epidemic

James Marcum

YCL Call Number: 362.29 MAR



YCL Call Number: 362.29 ADD


Teen Drug Abuse

YCL Call Number: 362.29 TEE


Gateway Drugs

YCL Call Number: 362.29 GAT


Living Clean

YCL Call Number: 362.29 LIV


PCP : High Risk on the Streets

Jennifer Croft

YCL Call Number: 362.29 C874


The Memory Palace

Mira Bartók

YCL Call Number: 362.2 BAR


Intervention, How to Help Someone who Doesn’t Want Help: A Step-by-Step Guide for Families and Friends of Chemically Dependent Persons

Vernon E. Johnson

YCL Call Number: 362.2 JOH


Addiction: Why can’t they just Stop?

John Hoffman



The Anatomy of Addiction

Akikur Mohammad

YCL Call Number: 362.29 MOH


Pain Killer: A “Wonder” Drug’s trail of Addiction and Death   

Barry Meier

YCL Call Number: 362.29 MEI


Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again: A Doctor’s Story

Drew Pinsky

YCL Call Number: 362.29 PIN


A Parent’s Guide to Teen Addiction: Professional Advice on Signs, Symptoms, What to Say, and How to Help

Laurence Michael Westreich

YCL Call Number: 616.86 WES


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


Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity

Joani Gammill

YCL Call Number: 616.86 GAM


Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy

David Sheff

YCL Call Number: 362.29 SHE


Dreamland the story of America’s new Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones




Heather Lehr Wagner

YCL Call Number: 362.29 WAG


Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction

David Sheff

YCL Call Number: 362.2 SHE 


We all Fall Down: Living with Addiction 

Nic Sheff



Addiction and Overdose

Connie Goldsmith

YCL Call Number: 362.29 GOL


Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home

Chloe Shantz-Hilkes

YCL Call Number: 362.2 SHA


Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town

Nick Reding

YCL Call Number: 362.29 RED


Addiction and Overdose: Confronting an American Crisis

Connie Goldsmith


Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors were duped; Patients got Hooked, and why it’s so hard to Stop

Anna Lembke


Go ask Alice



Here to Help: a Guide for Overcoming Opiate and Heroin Addiction

Jason M. Scholl


Heroin is Killing our Children

Missy Owen



Sigrid Rausing


Painkillers, Heroin, and the Road to Sanity: Real Solutions for Long-Term Recovery and Opiate Addiction

Joani Gammill


Rewired: a Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery

Erica Spiegelman


Juvenile Fiction and Nonfiction

Substance Abuse

Regina Avraham 

YCL Call Number: Y362.29 Av81     


Drug Abuse

Dennis Fradin

YCL Call Number: J362.2 FRA


Junior Drug Awareness

Jim Gallagher

YCL Call Number: J362.29 G135



Todd Howard

YCL Call Number: Y362.29 HOW


Cocaine and Crack

James Barter

YCL Call Number: Y362.29 BAR      



Ann Ricki Hurwitz

YCL Call Number: Y362.29 HUR


The Cruisers: Checkmate

Walter Dean Myers


Defeating Addiction and Alcoholism

Susan Henneberg


Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Hilary Poole


Drug Dependence

L.H. Colligan


Heroin Addiction

Peggy Parks


Joseph’s Grace

Sheila P. Moses


The Seventh Wish

Kate Messner


Sunny Side Up

Jennifer L. Holm


Sunny’s Story: How to Save a Young Life

Ginger Katz


The Truth About Heroin

Phillip Wolny


Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction

Be The One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship and Hope

Byron Pitts


Breaking Faith

E. Graziani



Amy Reed



Ellen Hopkins


The Dangers of Heroin

John Allen


Heroin: Killer Drug Epidemic

Nicole Horning


Thicker than Water

Kelly Fiore


Zoo Station: the Story of Christiane F.: A Memoir

Christine F.


Articles and Other Information

What is the Opioid Epidemic?

In the News

Information about Substances

Intervention and Treatment

Government Resources

  • Opioid Overdose – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States – House Oversight and Investigations Committee
    Video and text of witness testimony during hearing held on Wednesday July 12, 2017, including Marylands Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford.
  • Interim Report – White House Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis