Resources for Families

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In 2005, our researchers began a collaboration with the PartnershipTM for Drug-Free Kids to create science-informed tools for parents struggling to protect children from the dangers of alcohol and drugs. That collaboration partially formed the basis for the Parents Translational Research Center, which was funded in 2010 by NIDA and one of the first translational research centers of its kind devoted to research and development of practical tools for parents and other caregivers confronting issues of drug or alcohol use in their teenagers.


The following research-based tools are available to families:

The Family Resource Center is a directory of resources that are backed by various degrees of scientific support to those that come from the most notable, national sources – including all of the resources that follow. Find the resources noted below and many more in this highly curated directory.

Parent CRAFT via Cadence Online is a research-supported online course that teaches parents how to effectively interact with their children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior. This unique program was developed in collaboration with Dr. Robert Meyers and The Cadence Online Company.

The Support Group Project provides support groups the opportunity to register their programs – building together a strong community of support that lets parents and families sort through local programs in their area to find one that most fits their needs.

Questions to Ask Treatment Providers is a comprehensive workbook that helps parents find the right help for their teen or young adult who is struggling with drugs or alcohol.

Underage Drinking in the Home: An interactive online resource for parents and caregivers to help inform them of the legal liabilities of serving alcohol to teens. It is available at socialhost.drugfree.org

Six Components of Effective Parenting: This booklet provides an engaging discussion of six parenting practices that can help reduce the chances a child will develop a drug or alcohol problem. It is available in English and Spanish.

Continuing Care: A Parent’s Guide to Your Teen’s Recovery From Substance Abuse answers families’ most pressing questions about how to best support their teen’s recovery following treatment.

Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain is an interactive, multimedia tool to help parents understand teen brain processes and establish the parent-teen talking connection.

Time to Act! is an online resource consisting of science-based guidance when parents know or suspect their children are drinking or taking drugs. Follow important steps if You Think Your Child is Using or if You Know Your Child is Using.