Reports & Research

Here is my personal “best in class” collection for parents, to help avoid wasting valuable time searching for Web resources that might not help right here, right now. Lots of “white papers” on trends and relapse/prevention exist, but with limited practical insight about what to do today.

Insights and Reports

  1. Talbott Guide to Addiction and Recovery offers keys to what you should be looking for, levels of abuse and addiction, and definitions of types of programs that exist, and what you should ask about when you explore treatment options. For more information:
  2. Hazelden Signs & Symptoms of Adolescent Use is two pages of exactly what you need to look for to determine just how bad your teen’s problem is. If you are nodding at this least, then you can get more info at:
  3. Questions to Ask Treatment Programs, from Partnership for Drug-free Kids is absolutely the best tool to use prior to meeting with anyone, including a therapist about treatment programs — from inpatient, and therapeutic schools, to court-ordered or wilderness programs. It is instant “buyer beware”. Shopping for the right treatment program is like shopping for a new mattress. It’s very hard to see what’s inside to make one program better than another for your particular situation.   Learn more:
  4. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drug Guide from Partnership for a drug-free America. This 4 page synopsis includes street names, effects, even appearance. Learn more:
  5. Treatment EBook: How to find the right help. Whether it is alcohol or other substances, even co-morbidity (combined behavioral health issues), this is a terrific guide. Go to the p. 2 table of contents to see what you need to study first, and don’t let 32 pages scare you. It is an easy, informative read, well worth the short amount of time it will take to get through it. Learn more:
  6. NIH Parents Marijuana Brochure: this is straight facts and how to talk with your kids about it. More important, it is convincing evidence that marijuana is, in fact, addictive and is not the lesser of other “evils” like alcohol or ADD meds.
  7. NIH Drug Facts, Trends: among high school students and youths. Chances are, far more kids than we think are engaged in risky behaviors. Knowing the extent and admitting it is half the battle.
  8. How to talk to your Teen about Marijuana: What if your kid asks, “Would You Rather I drank alcohol? Weed is safer”, or “Well, didn’t you smoke weed?” This 4 page booklet from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a must-have for the conversation or the confrontation.
  9. Hazelden Teen Arrested Development: 2 pages of truth with two valuable contacts:, or call 855-348-7043.
  10. Families Anonymous 12 Step Workbook. For parents, this is an outstanding exercise to complete if and while your child is in a program. Al-anon is a national group program for people whose loved ones have addiction issues. More related materials are available at
  11. Aspen Guide to Teen Treatment. Full disclosure, Aspen Programs provide all the services discussed in this booklet; it does an excellent job explaining benefits of therapeutic boarding schools and wilderness programs, along with weight management programs, delving into who might be the right or wrong fit for each.
  12. Aspen Guide to Wilderness Therapy. Per above, Aspen Programs provide these programs. Many insurance policies will not cover these programs, which I believe is a big oversight. For that reason, and others, getting a good understanding of their service offering and benefits is more difficult than with other recovery/counseling programs.
  13. Intensive Outpatient Handbook from The Ranch at Dove Tree. If you are considering this sort of program, why not learn what to expect from one of the best programs of its kind. This is the 5 page document that their clients receive For more information:
  14. What to Look for in Teen Recovery Services. Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administration, or SAMHSA has substance abuse professionals who provide extraordinary services for professionals, students, schools and more. It offers this form to assess teen recovery services.