National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis & suicide : Individuals in crisis and thinking about suicide, can call the national hotline for free, 24-hour crisis & suicide intervention and prevention information and supportive listening at (800) 273 -8255.
Alcoholics Anonymous groups have a long tradition of helping individuals who want to stop drinking. Resources, including links to local groups are available through their web site: http://www.aa.org/
Celebrate Recovery sponsors groups for individuals seeking recovery from many problem behaviors. These groups typically have a specifically Christian orientation; more information is available through their website:
Allies in Recovery
Alcohol use often harms the families and loved ones of those affected. For them, the path for healing can be difficult but not without hope. One very helpful group which is very available through the internet is Allies in Recovery. Their website can be found here: http://alliesinrecovery.net/
CheckUp & Choices
CheckUp & Choices is an online service that helps provide critical information for individuals who want to know more about alcohol use disorder. Their website offers a free alcohol screening tool called the AUDIT, which I often recommend that patients take before our first meeting. The patient's score lets us both know the degree to which alcohol is currently a problem. For a fee, their website provides a 30-45 minute CheckUp as well as 12+ weeks of self-guided content in their “abstain and moderate modules”. Access the AUDIT on the Checkup and Choices website: https://checkupandchoices.com/alcohol/ . Click the "Take the Free Screener" button on the top of the page.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
General information on drug and alcohol abuse:
Dial 301.738.2255 for the Montgomery County Adult Hotline
Dial 301.738.9697 for the Montgomery County Youth Hotline
Montgomery County Crisis Center:
Maryland Community Services Locator:
Virginia Community Services Locator:
Information for Parents of teens with ADHD: http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/For-Parents-Caregivers/Teens/Parenting-Teens-with-ADHD.aspx
CHADD National Resource Center: http://www.chadd.org/About-CHADD/National-Resource-Center.aspx (www.chadd.org)
Depression and Bipolar Support
Anxiety and Depression Association of America: https://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/resources (www.adaa.org)
Bipolar Support. Org: http://www.bipolarsupport.org/
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:
National Institute of Mental Health (depression): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/index.shtml
“Mental Health Medications” is a brief guide to common groups of psychiatric medications published by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Mental Health Medications
“Women and Depression” This booklet, published by the NIMH, is a comprehensive overview of the type of depressions experienced by women across the lifespan and stressors that aggravate depressed mood: Women and Depression
“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” is an educational booklet on the signs and symptoms of PTSD in adults and children: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
“Depression” Depression affects approximately 1 out 10 persons and is a leading cause of medical illness worldwide. This booklet offers information about depression across the lifespan, treatments for depression, and resources for care-givers or people experiencing depression: Depression
Dr. Kathryn Butler, a trauma and critical care surgeon, writes about her experience with depression here:
Eating Disorder Resources
National Eating disorders association: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/resource-links
Eating Disorders is a reading guide for eating disorders, related signs and symptoms of eating disorders and evidence based treatment for eating disorders:
“Borderline Personality Disorder” is a comprehensive overview of a condition that affects 1 of every 20-25 people. It is an often under diagnosed but treatable disorder: Borderline Personality Disorder
This is a popular British site with many self-help resources:
The fourth edition of the 1939 classic describing how to recover from alcoholism, written by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Bill W. & Dr. Bob, includes twenty-four new stories that provide contemporary sharing for newcomers seeking recovery from alcoholism. Known as The Big Book in recovery circles, this is the originator of the seminal "twelve-step method” The Big Book sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease; it is one of the best-selling books of all time, having sold 30 million copies.
Originally published in 1952, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions is the classic book used by AA members and groups around the world. It lays out the principles by which AA members recover and by which the fellowship functions.
Serenity New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs:
A Companion for Twelve-Step Recovery
This is a book for those who want to discover the principles behind the Twelve Steps as they occur in the Holy Scripture through this bestselling New Testament with Psalms and Proverbs. For many of my patients, this introduction to the Twelve Steps of recovery and related recovery scriptures has been extremely helpful.
This book describes a multi-faceted program that uses supportive, non-confrontational methods to engage substance abusers into treatment. The program, "Community Reinforcement and Family Training" (CRAFT), uses scientifically validated behavioral principles to reduce the loved one's substance use and to encourage him or her to seek treatment. Equally important, CRAFT also helps loved ones reduce personal stress and introduce meaningful, new sources of satisfaction into their life.
Drs. Roy Eskapa and David Sinclair of The Sinclair Method have put together a description of research supporting their method of using naltrexone to treat alcoholism. The book describes the implementation of the Sinclair Method to reduce drinking levels and cravings, allowing patients to detox gradually while they are still drinking, and permitting patients to control their drinking or stop altogether.
This book, written by the noted Psychiatrist and NIH neuroscientist Ted George, gives a deep understanding of the inner workings of the brain that can portray a clear picture of what happens—chemically and physically—when we get depressed, act out, or fall into an addiction. Dr. George, a long time friend and colleague, has written a book that explains how strong emotions cause us to spin out of control and make us behave in ways we later wish we hadn't.