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Listening: A Powerful Tool for Help

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Tools for Changing Your Perspective

CMC Staff has spent hundreds of hours developing materials about evidence-based ways to help loved ones. These tools include written materials and videos (in conjunction with other groups) geared towards taking the scientific evidence concerning addiction and helping and presenting it in an understandable and workable manner. We hope these tools provide the beginning of a helpful roadmap for you to move forward.


There are many amazing organizations around the country working hard to help spread the word about evidence-based treatments for substance abuse. This is just a small sampling of them. We chose these not because they are the “best” or because we recommend these over others, but simply as a starting point. We encourage everyone to seek out similar organizations in your own area.

The Parent Support Network at the Partnership for Drugfree Kids

The Parent Support Network is run by the Partnership for Drugfree Kids is a system of care for parents whose teen and young adult children are struggling with drugs and alcohol.

Grounded in the evidence-based principles of motivational interviewing and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), the Parent Support Network helps parents and other caregivers keep open lines of communication and caring with their child, and reduce the damage that is being done to the child and to the family by substance abuse and related behaviors.

To find out more, you can call the Parent Support Network at 1-855-DRUGFREE or visit them on the web at

Go to the Parent Support Network

The American Association of Addiction Psychiatrists (AAAP)

Not every doctor is trained and knowledgeable when it comes to substance abuse issues. If you are looking for a psychiatrist and substance abuse is in the picture, you’re best bet is to find someone who specializes in the treatment of substance abuse issues. The American Association of Addiction Psychiatrists (AAAP) is the place to find psychiatrists with that specialization.

On their site, they have links to other websites, as well as a database of addiction psychiatrists all over the country who have this specialty and can either consult or treat your loved one.

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Soberistas is a worldwide community of people who are working to change their relationship to substance use. Started by Lucy Rocca after she stopped drinking, this community describes themselves as “friendly, non-judgmental people” who are working together to stop drinking. They have a family support network as well.

To see more about Lucy’s own journey, you can watch her video here.

Go to Soberistas

SMART Recovery

There are many ways to get help and begin the change process. It’s important to understand and know that each person has a choice in the type of treatment and support they get, including the varieties of self-help available (e.g. the 12-Step Fellowship). As such, we suggest that everyone take a look at SMART Recovery, which is a free self-help organization that uses evidence-based practices and ideas to help people change their substance use.

This is not a recommendation for or against SMART, 12-step programs, Life Ring Self-help, Women For Sobriety etc; just a strong recommendation to know there are alternatives, and that finding the ones that help you or your loved one is what matters.

Go to SMART Recovery

David Scheff - The Hidden Ten Percent

David Scheff is a journalist and author of bestselling books like Clean and Beautiful Boy. He is a regular blogger and is active on social media pushing parents to be informed about how they can best help their loved ones with their substance use. His blog post, The Hidden Ten Percent, is a wonderful example of his writing and informative about how family and loved ones can help influence the process of change.

Go to The Hidden Ten Percent

Stamp Out Stigma

The unfortunate reality is that substance abuse (and many other mental illnesses) carry with them a significant amount of stigma. That stigma can get in the way of one’s ability to make change in their lives. This organization works to get rid of the stigma associated with many different mental illnesses, including the stigma that surrounds substance use and abuse. We fully support any efforts to help destigmatize those struggling with emotional and behavioral issues.

Go to Stamp Out Stigma

Facing Addiction

Facing Addiction is an advocacy network of over 350 agencies working together to help bring resources to communities that need them and to help change the attitudes (and laws!) throughout the country that impede people getting the treatment and support that they need to help with their substance use issues.

Go to Facing Addiction

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