General Drug Abuse Information

It is helpful to have as much information as possible when trying to understand a substance addiction and to find ways to break that addiction. The following web sites provide specific information on the most common drugs of abuse including their risks, health effects, treatment approaches, and prevention.


Moyers on Addiction (
This web site is based on the TV series produced by Bill Moyers (Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home). If you click on Science in the left hand menu, a selection of animated Flash presentations are available that illustrate in an easy to understand way how drugs work in the body and in the brain, including alcohol, cocaine, stimulants, opiates, nicotine and marijuana. The web site also has a Help and Resource section, a Discussion Forum, treatment information and more.

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) (
This section of the NIDA web site provides information on specific common drugs of abuse including health effects, treatment, prevention, ongoing research and more.   If you click on any of the listed drug categories you will find NIDA Research Reports, Infofacts, Therapy Manuals, articles from NIDA Notes, Research Monographs and other sources of information for each drug of abuse.
NIDA is part of the National Institutes of Health, charged with the scientific study of addiction.  Their web site offers a wide range of information geared to specific groups: Students and Young Adults, Parents and Teachers, and Researchers and Health Professionals.


Above the Influence (
This web site provides a variety of information on drug and their risks.
The section on Drug Facts provides scientific information about illegal drugs and their effects including crack/cocaine, inhalants, ecstasy, marijuana and more in text and Flash format. The site also has a "Share your Story" message board, a multimedia presentation on 16 drugs including what they are, what they do and body facts, an "In the News" section, good links, and much more.

Addiction Search (
This web site provides links to high quality articles and other web sites on various aspects of addiction. To learn more about drugs of abuse, click on Addictions in the left-hand menu and then click on Substances. Links include information on alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, club drugs, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, prescription drugs, steroids and caffeine. Information is also available on treatment approaches, finding treatment, and prevention.

Crackreality (
This web site provides information on crack addiction and is geared to families, significant others and friends of crack cocaine addicts. It contains a Discussion Board for family and friends only, addresses basic questions on crack, comments on treatment centers for crack addiction, and posts stories submitted by readers via email on their experiences with crack addicts.

Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - the Science of Addiction (
This new report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is available in its entirety online.  The report explains how drug addiction is a brain disease and covers strategies for prevention, treatment and recovery. (
Educational resource covering all aspects of alcoholism including signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options, and where to go for help. (
The goal of this site is to bring people together around the issues of addictions by providing concise, up-to-date information and a meeting place for addicts, their friends and families, and professionals who offer pathways to recovery. It includes timely research studies, information on the types of addictions and their treatment, addiction-focused blogs, a treatment locator and more.

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (
This educational web site provides general information on inhalants including signs, risks, long term effects and how to get help.  If you email or call them at 1-800-269-4237 they will provide information on treatment centers that treat inhalant use.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: InfoFacts: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (
Available in English and Spanish this site discusses how tobacco affects the brain, its other adverse effects and different types of treatments available.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Report on Salvia (
This overview of Salvia, a hallucinogenic herb, highlights the physiological effects and potential dangers of the herb. Used mostly by young adults, the drug is not currently regulated by the Controlled Substances Act although several states and countries have passed legislation to regulate its use. The Drug Enforcement Agency has listed Salvia as a drug of concern and is considering classifying it as a Schedule I drug, like LSD or marijuana.

Project GHB (
This educational web site was formed to increased awareness about the dangers of Gamma hydroxy butyrate, known on the street as GHB, "G", Liquid E, Fantasy, Liquid X, Liquid Ecstasy, Organic Quaalude, and Jib among other names. The site covers important facts about GHB including its effects, signs of overdose, and adverse reactions It also provides information on treatment, a section for reporting serious events, a newsletter, resource links, legal issues and more.

Recovery Connection (
This site provides education and information on addiction, detox, relapse, sober living, support groups, commonly abused drugs, different types of treatments, and addiction-related health issues. It also offers a free national helpline to find appropriate treatment 24 hours a day, including national referral numbers for free, state-funded detox and treatment programs.