Prevention & Treatment Resources

  Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 2012)

A host of organizations and professionals, from prevention and education to treatment, work to reduce the impact of harmful drug abuse on individuals and communities. Community organizers and youth club leaders, students, and parents also work hand-in-hand to raise awareness and slow and stop the incidence of substance use disorders in our cities, towns, and rural areas.

Community agencies partnering with Northwest HIDTA respond to the needs of their communities in nimble and innovative ways. Particularly in the case of our prevention partners, a synergetic relationship with their communities is a vital part of our shared mission.

This page features a wealth of resources for people who need treatment; providers of treatment, education, and prevention services; and the general public.

Get Help

WA Recovery Help Line logoWashington Recovery Help Line
tel: 1-866-789-1511
This free, 24-hour telephone help line can assist with substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health concerns. A service of the Crisis Clinic of King County, the Help Line serves residents in Washington State. Includes treatment referral.

WA Poison CenterWashington Poison Center
tel: 1-800-222-1222 
The Washington Poison Center is a statewide provider of immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and assistance on the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous, hazardous, or toxic substances, including accidental ingestion of marijuana by children. All calls are confidential.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline logoNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline
tel: 1-800-273-8255
National network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Includes a chat option.

Prevention and Education Resources

For Educators, Parents, and Youth

ADAI Clearinghouse logoADAI Clearinghouse: A resource center for Washington State residents, with both print and online materials about drugs and alcohol. Browse in person or search online for free materials. A video/DVD lending library is also available. This site from the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition and offers tips for parents on how to talk to their children about making healthy choices.

You Can (formerly Listen2YourSelfie): Youth campaign from the Washington State Department of Health that aims to educate teens on the risks of using marijuana and support them in standing up to peer pressure. This campaign and associated resources were substantially revised in 2018.

Education and FASD Toolkit: Online toolkit of resources for educators and parents/caregivers to help them understand how FASD impacts students and identify appropriate interventions. Developed by the Fetal Alcohol & Drug Unit at the University of Washington Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute.

Find It! ToolkitSubstance Abuse Resources in Washington State: The Find It! Toolkit: This website from the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington helps direct professionals/providers, parents/community groups, and college students/edcators to the resources they need for whatever information gap they are looking to fill. The site includes resources on continuing education, manuals, overdose prevention, and data and statistics, as well as special pages for Trending Topics like prescription drugs, marijuana, and synthetic drugs.

Learn About Marijuana logoLearn About Marijuana: Science-Based Information for the Public: As specified in Initiative-502, the Washington State Dedicated Marijuana Fund supports this UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute site providing comprehensive prevention and education information about marijuana. Find factsheets on a variety of marijuana-related topics (including health effects, data and surveys, youth and older adult use, and more), special sections for parents, teens, and adult consumers, and information about policy, law, and reseach.

For Prevention Professionals

Athena ForumThe Athena Forum: This site was created for prevention professionals to develop, update, and sustain their substance use disorder prevention work. You can find general information about prevention, or get specific documents and tools, like sample agendas and surveys. You can also participate in discussinos with other prevention professionals, and find online training opportunities.

Prevention Specialist Certification Board of Washington (PSCBW): for individuals who are interested in obtaining and maintaining their Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), an international credential, or Associate Prevention Professional (APP), credential for entry level professionals.

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America: Membership organization that trains, educates, and provides technical assistance to community prevention coalitions.

Treatment Resources

Finding treatment

WA Recovery Help Line logo Washington Recovery Help Line
tel: 1-866-789-1511
This free, 24-hour telephone help line affiliated with the Crisis Clinic of King County can assist with substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental health concerns, as well as provide knowledgeable referral to treatment anywhere in Washington State.

Directory of Certified Behavioral Health Agencies in Washington (6/2018, WA State Dept of Social and Health Services)

Washington State Medicaid-Funded Behavioral Health Treatment (WA Dept of Social and Health Services)
This handout features information for Washington State residents about substance use disorder and mental health services and how to find Medicaid-funded care.

Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington State (WA Dept of Social and Health Services)
Includes information on Medicaid-funded treatment services, the Tribal Centric Behavioral Health System, a review of the research for American Indian children with mental health needs, a list of all the Tribal government websites, and more.

National Behavioral Health Treatment Referral Helpline (SAMHSA)
tel: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD)
The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the U.S. for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Learning about treatment

hca-dbhr-logoBehavioral Health and Recovery (WA State Health Care Authority)
Start with Washington State Behavioral Health and Recovery for information about state services for mental health, substance use, recovery support, licensing for professionals, children's behavioral health, and more. In 2018, DBHR was reorganized into the state Health Care Authority as part of the integration of behavioral health services under health care reform.

What is Substance Abuse Treatment? A Booklet for Families (SAMHSA, rev. 2014)
Booklet for family members of people dependent on alcohol and drugs, with answers to common questions about what substance use disorders are, what types of treatments are available, and what the treatment process looks like.

Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (3rd edition, (NIDA, updated 2018)
Booklet from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that presents examples of various treatment approaches to substance use disorders and the components that have an evidence base supporting their use. Covers both pharmcotherapies (buprenorphine and methadone, e.g.), and behavioral therapies (e.g. cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management). (Available en Español)

Treatment workforce development

Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (SAMHA, HHS Region 10)nwattc-logo
NWATTC provides training, technical assistence, and other services to develop and strengthen the substance use disorder treatment and recovery workforce in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. NWATTC is located at the UW Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute. The website includes videos about topics of interest to SUD providers and administrators, as well as other regional and national resources..