Family Resource Center
If you are visiting this website, you are likely a parent looking for answers to address your adolescent’s substance use. You may also be a legal guardian, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a sibling, a concerned teacher, school counselor or friend. No matter what type of caring adult you are, we commend you in your efforts to ensure the health and well-being of your adolescent or young adult.
There is a lot of good information out there about adolescent substance use, but there is a lot of bad – and even dangerous – information out there too. The Family Resource Center is a directory of those resources that are backed by various degrees of scientific support to those that come from the most notable, national sources. By organizing and vetting these quality resources, we hope to relieve families of the burden of sorting and evaluating information themselves. This is a place to start getting informed about how to prevent drug or alcohol use, intervene early, find treatment and support adolescents in addiction recovery. It also provides insight on how you can help YOURSELF during this time.
Trust Your Gut. Get Informed. Take Action.
Many kids experiment with drugs and alcohol. 1 in 10 becomes addicted. Addiction is a treatable, medical illness. This video represents just five of the millions of families that are impacted by and are facing adolescent substance use and addiction.
Treatment Research Institute
The Treatment Research Institute (TRI) is a nonprofit translational research and policy organization located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has been a leader in the substance use research field since its establishment in 1992. The organization is deeply committed to its unique mission and vision to develop tools and translate research into improved policies and programs to address the devastating effects of substance abuse on families, schools, businesses, criminal justice and healthcare. TRI strives to create research-based solutions to the multifaceted problems of substance abuse.
TRI’s Parents Translational Research Center was created in 2010 with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to research the specific needs of parents and caregivers of adolescents struggling with substance use, and to develop tools and resources to address these needs. Many of the tools developed through the Parents Translational Research Center were done in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, a nationally recognized non-profit focused on providing information and support to families dealing with substance use issues.
This website is one of the resources developed through the Parents Translational Research Center, supported by the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P50DA027841.