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Resources for Parents & Grandparents
A variety of resources available from the Medicine Abuse Project.

IMPACT 2-1-1
IMPACT is a dependable community resource for anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one.

Impact of Marijuana on Children and Adolescents
Evidence-Based Information on Cannabis/Marijuana, a PDF presented by CSAM.

Marijuana's Addictive Potential
This resource aims to give the public information on marijuana's addictive potential, which has historically been underestimated.

Drug Guide
Information on a variety of different drugs, common names for those drugs, side effects, etc.

Medication Resource Guide(s)
Download the MEDucation kit for information and resources related to youth drug use.

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others.

A Guide to Keeping Your Teenager Safe in a Changing World
Explains to parents the dangers of teenagers abusing prescription drugs (e.g., painkillers, stimulants, sedatives) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs (e.g., cough syrup). Includes warning signs that your child may be using prescription or OTC drugs to get high.

Rx Teen Fact Sheet
A one-page resource for parents.

Protect Your Kids: 3 Steps to Safeguard Your Home
Two-thirds of teens who report abuse of prescription medicine are getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Make sure the teens in your life don't have access to your medicine. Find out how to monitor, secure and properly dispose of unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter cough medicine in your home.

The Parent Toolkit
Various resources for parents or other concerned adults.

Teen Drug Abuse
Information about the health effects of teen substance abuse, prevention, and underage drinking.

Addiction Treatment Centers
The Addiction Center is a comprehensive addiction information hub. They also review top treatment centers to help you find the one that gives you or your loved one the best chance at a successful recovery.

Get Smart About Drugs
A drug education website for parents, educators, and caregivers for learning about marijuana use and drugged driving; how to identify drug paraphernalia; why spice/K2 is a serious drug trend and more.

Consumer Guide to Finding and Choosing AODA Treatment Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) Treatment Programs include detox centers, day treatment, inpatient/outpatient facilities, residential programs, and intervention/prevention efforts. This link includes an option to search for Wisconsin-based providers.

Al-Anon Southeastern Wisconsin
Resources and support for families affected by alcoholism.

Heroin Anonymous
Former addicts offering support and resources to current addicts.

Metro Milwaukee Narcotics Anonymous
Support for narcotics addiction.

Cocaine Anonymous Wisconsin Area (CAWA)
Support for cocaine addiction.

Prescription Drug Abuse Information & Statistics
Background information and a variety of resources related to prescription drugs.

Alcohol Rehab Guide
Alcohol Rehab Guide aims to help these individuals and their loved ones by providing them with information on the signs of an alcohol addiction, the effects and the support options for those involved.

Effect of Illegal Drugs on the Heart
Illegal drugs are drugs that are sold, often for recreational purposes, even though they are not legally approved. These drugs are typically dangerous, with many of them causing health problems, including problems with the heart. The type of heart complications or problems a person may potentially suffer from depend on the drug itself as well as other factors. These problems may include worsening of current heart problems, a change in heart rate that is either slower or faster, or even heart failure or death.

Drug Treatment Center Finder
Drug Treatment Center Finder is an online, nationwide directory of addiction treatment, mental health, and general health services as well as an informational website. Their mission is to help individuals filter through their treatment options in order to find the best program/facility for their needs. This directory is free of charge to use, as is their toll-free 24 hour help hotline (855-619-8070). They offer an online guide to drug addiction treatment centers that addresses the signs of a drug problem, levels of care, financial options, FAQs, and how to choose the best program for your individual needs.

Alcohol Abuse Screening Assessments
These assessments provide stats, recommended actions, and resources for help based on the individual's answer to the questions provided. These are great guidelines to determining whether or not someone is struggling with addiction.

Substance Abuse Screening
These assessments provide stats, recommended actions, and resources for help based on the individual's answer to the questions provided. These are great guidelines to determining whether or not someone is struggling with addiction.'s mission is to provide families with the best information, resources and tools to prevent and overcome adolescent drug and alcohol addiction. Resources include information about commonly abused drugs, co-occurring disorders, support for parents, and the different kinds of treatment options that are available.

How to Talk to your Kids About Substance Abuse
A resource for talking to kids about substance abuse - whether their own personal use or their exposure to others' substance abuse. Provides information on trends, risk factors, and signs of substance abuse.

Understanding Withdrawal
Withdrawal is a hard process, understanding the symptoms and how to deal with them is crucial to be successful. It requires patience and diligence to continue while the human body cleanses itself of the substance. The symptoms of withdrawal can leave a person feeling lifeless and may even pose serious risks if not handled with care. To avoid a negative reaction to withdrawal from alcohol or drug addiction, seek professional help instead of attempting to undertake the challenge on your own. It could very well mean your life.

Addiction Guide
This Addiction Guide covers how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment.

MHA Wisconsin: Veteran and Family Resource Directory
MHA has partnered with Dryhootch, a veteran peer-run organization, to create an online Veteran & Family Resource Directory.

POWER Program at Milwaukee Women's Center/Community Advocates
The Positive Options for Women Entering Recovery (POWER) Program serves mothers and pregnant women who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. The POWER Program encourages each woman to set her own goals and build upon her strengths. Staff also ensure that a woman’s care continues across all areas of her life.

Family Intervention Program at Milwaukee Women's Center/Community Advocates
The Family Intervention Program (FIP) is a home-based, family-focused program that supports families struggling with the impact of substance addiction and domestic violence. The FIP incorporates parents, peers, school personnel, outpatient substance addiction and mental health providers, support groups, and advocacy services. For more information about the Family Intervention Program, please call (414) 270-4658 or (414) 270-4663.

MHA Wisconsin: Resources for Milwaukee
This directory includes resources for mental health, wellness, and addiction services in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

Evidence-Based Marijuana Information
Reasonable dialogue regarding marijuana use has historically proven extraordinarily difficult. Fortunately, scientific research has now uncovered a great deal about the effects of marijuana on the basic working of the brain that can form the foundation for a reasonable exchange. CSAM seeks to educate the public so that each voter can make informed decisions.

Prevent Drug Abuse
Kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are up to 50% less likely to use than those who do not. A resource for parents and adults.

Get Treatment
Resources for those seeking treatment for children.

Marijuana Talk Kit
Between marijuana legalization, the normalization in pop culture and new ways of using (edibles, vaporizers, concentrates), it’s becoming more complicated for parents to talk to their teens. So where do you start? And what should you say?

Milwaukee CAN (Change Addiction Now)
Milwaukee CAN (Change Addiction Now) is a support group for anyone whose life has been affected by substance use and/or addiction. We recognize that this disease impacts not only those with the addiction, but also their friends and family. If you have similar life experiences, please join us. Milwaukee Area CAN meets on the 2nd Monday of every month, 6:00 PM to 7:30 at the Shorewood Library 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood, WI.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Resources related to substance abuse and mental health.

The Priorities

MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: marijuana use among youth and fatal drug overdose, with a particular emphasis on prescription drugs.

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