Certainly, local API Support Groups can be very helpful at providing parents with support on these issues whether through their regular meetings, connecting with a helpful parent or receiving local referrals. A list of local API Support Groups and meeting times is available on our website. We know that a parent's strong bond with a child is a primary form of preventing these problem behaviors you've mentioned. API's focus is to help parents foster, maintain and even reestablish those bonds with their children.
While not a succinct list, some very good resources can be found throughout the below sites, though please note that there may be resources and links that are not in line with API's Principles of Parenting and we, of course, would not endorse any program that is contrary to API. There are a number of links at each site that will take you to organizations, individuals and programs that not only deal with substance abuse but also other addictions and problems.
- ONDCP – the Office of National Drug Control Policy (Their Listserv is very helpful)
- SAMHSA - the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services
- CADCA - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
- National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign
- Bridging the Parent-Teen Generation Gap
- An excellent parenting program is "Guiding Good Choices" by Channing Bete. Others are Lifeskills, and the Nurturing Family Centers programs