AiR's Resource Finding Methodology



 Over the years, AIR has come to rely on a set of methods for locating treatment and self-help in even the most remote corners of this planet, including Mexico, Chile, and Saudi Arabia. Here it is…

  1. Go to the government websites and look at who they have funded to deliver programs. So, for instance, on, go to Grants, Grant Awards, and then Archives. Look under initiatives that make sense to your situation, for instance: adolescent community reinforcement approach, and find all the agencies across the US that were trained to provide this approach. At also go to Find Help for a list of medication assisted treaters.

  2. University Psychology Departments. Look at the bios of academic staff and call anyone whose interest includes substance issues. They should know of local programs they would recommend. Also see if the Department runs a clinic. These are usually staffed by graduate students but are well supervised by Department Professors.

  3. Run an internet search by an evidence-based treatment. Sometimes state associations provide directories, such as in Connecticut on DBT.

  4. Hotlines/Helplines. State departments of mental health and substance abuse may provide a helpline you can call or have a directory of treatment providers your can search, such as in Massachusetts. Also, provides several ways to search treatment providers online. They also have a person answering the phone at 800.662.4357

  5. Your personal network. Who sees a therapist? Can you ask them to ask their therapist about substance abuse specialists they would recommend?

  6. American Society of Addiction Medicine. Their home page provides a directory. Doctors may provide treatment or can refer to other levels of care.

  7. The Supplement lists a number of peer-run organizations. Don’t just rely on a list of meetings. Call and talk to someone about “the good meetings”, the “happy” meetings, the “big” meetings (since they are less likely to be terrifying than walking into a room with 4 people), the “beginner” meetings, the “gender/age/sexual orientation/etc” meetings. Make sure the meeting is still active and that the address is right. Get directions if possible. Many meeting places are provided free of charge by churches or civic organizations. It can be hard to find the right door, literally.


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