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If you are experiencing a life-threatening crisis, call emergency services in your area (9-1-1 in the U.S.) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

The American Counseling Association offers many resources for counselors helping clients working to recover from substance-use disorders and addiction. These include articles in Counseling Today and in The Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, as well as ACA-published Practice Briefs and books. 

ACA Practice Briefs

The ACA Center for Counseling Practice, Policy and Research offers Practice Briefs for ACA members. Practice Briefs, written by scholars in the counseling profession, are research-based summaries of best practices, evidence-based practices, and research-based approaches covering a wide variety of client-presenting issues and counseling topics. Each Practice Brief is several pages in length, includes references, and has been peer-reviewed by two co-editors before being accepted for publication. The Practice Briefs available to members include:

Practice Brief: Opioid-Use Disorder

Books Published by the American Counseling Association

Treatment Strategies for Substance and Process Addictions
By Robert L. Smith

A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition
By Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry

Addiction in the Family: What Every Counselor Needs to Know
By Virginia A. Kelly

Developing Clinical Skills for Substance Abuse Counseling
By Daniel Yalisove

Information is also available from:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The SAMHSA National Helpline
The helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

The SAMHSA Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
The free toolkit offers strategies to health-care providers, communities and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Available as an online download, the toolkit includes facts about opioid-use disorders, resources for overdose survivors and their family members and safety advice for patients and family members.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health, offers resources on opioids and other substances.


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