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.

Winward 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.



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


YCL Call Number: 362.29 EGE


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


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 Lynn 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
Christiane 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