Resources Supporting Addictions Recovery


About Addictions Recovery

For most of the duration of addictions treatment in the United States, the 12-Step model has been the prevailing framework utilized by substance use disorder treatment providers. However, not only is the 12-Step model ill-fitting for some individuals, the 12-Step approach is intended to be voluntary, with individuals self-selecting to participate rather than being ordered to “work the steps” and “go to meetings” against their will. Ethical and contemporary addictions treatment should appropriately educate clients about the 12-Step model and support client involvement with those for whom it is a good fit, but other research-based and effective approaches should also be utilized. These include variations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), and Trauma-Informed/Trauma-Specific treatment services in addition to the traditional Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF) approach.

Follow the linked title above to access free informational resources pertaining to substances of abuse, including the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Club Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Heroin/Opioids
  • Inhalants
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamine
  • Nicotine/Tobacco Products
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Steroids

The Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPs) are best-practice guidelines for the treatment of substance abuse. Follow the "SAMHSA's Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series" link above to access this collection of over 50 publications.

Special Populations


Special Populations - OLDER ADULTS

Special Populations - SEXUAL MINORITIES

Special Populations - WOMEN

Special Populations - YOUTH


Spirituality has been a long-recognized and vital component of 12-Step fellowships & faith-based treatment programs. In recent years, spiritual matters have gained growing recognition for their role in overall behavioral health and well-being, even by secular organizations as diverse as the American Psychological Association & the World Health Organization. Access any of the publications below to find out more: