Alcohol and Drugs

Substance abuse or addiction is an urgent problem

The person who is addicted and family members trying to deal with the problems their loved one is experiencing both benefit from professional assistance. Your counselor will help you uncover options for a successful recovery.

These resources provide insights into the recovery process.





OneRecovery™ OnTheGo 

OneHealth Solutions, Inc.
Apple App Store (FREE)

OneHealth is the first comprehensive online community specifically designed to help people change their behavior and lead healthier lives. Through Social Solutioning, a term that represents the next-generation capabilities of current social networking websites, OneHealth facilitates trusted connections and accountability to measurably improve the health and well-being of its members.



Sober Tool
Great help for alcoholics and addicts
Apple (free)
Android (free)



Squirrel Recovery heroin addiction recovery tool
Connects addicts to their own 24-hour support team and helps them manage urges.


12 Steps AA Companion 

Dean Huff
Apple App Store ($2.99)
Android Market ($1.99)

The original sobriety tool available for members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Every member of AA will find this app very useful yet quite simple to use.



Hope & Freedom Counseling Services
Apple App Store (FREE/$1.99)

iRecovery Free assigns recovery points for various recovery activities and then tracks your progress week by week. The Free version does not include the online sync capabilities and backup features. The Free version is also supported with banner advertisements. Please purchase the full version to benefit from all the features.



When the Servant Becomes the Master: A Comprehensive Addiction Guide for Those Who Suffer from the Disease, the Loved Ones Affected by It, and the Professionals Who Assist Them
Jason Z.W. Powers
ISBN: 978-1936290734

The definitive guide to addiction that addresses misinformation and stigma, humanizes the disease within a framework of science, research, and personal experience, and provides a wealth of information on the various forms addiction takes as well as rich data regarding treatments.



The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behaviors 
Rebecca W. Williams, Julie S. Kraft
ISBN: 978-1608823406

Most addictive behavior is rooted in some type of loss, be it the death of a loved one, coming to terms with limitations set by chronic health problems, or the end of a relationship. By turning to drugs and alcohol, people who have suffered a loss can numb their grief. In the process, they postpone their healing and can drive themselves further into addiction.



Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening 
Robert J. Meyers, PhD, and Brenda L. Wolfe, PhD
ISBN: 978-1592850815

Coauthor Dr. Robert Meyers spent ten years developing a treatment program that helps Concerned Significant Others (CSOs) both improve the quality of their lives and to learn how to make treatment an attractive option for their partners who are substance abusers. Get Your Loved One Sober describes this multi-faceted program that uses supportive, non-confrontational methods to engage substance abusers into treatment. Called Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), the program 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.



Adult Children of Alcoholics
Janet Woititz, EdD
ISBN: 978-1558741126

Ten years ago, Janet Woititz broke new ground in our understanding of what it is to be an Adult Child of an Alcoholic (ACoA). Today she re-examines the movement and its inclusion of Adult Children from various dysfunctional family backgrounds who share the same characteristics. After more than ten years of working with ACoAs she shares the recovery hints that she has found to work. Read Adult Children of Alcoholics to see where the journey began and for ideas on where to go from here.


Web Links

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous

Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization, Inc.

Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling

Wisconsin Department of Health Services resources for problem gambling 


Self Assessments and Quizzes

Rethinking Drinking

Counseling Resource, Mental Health Library

Your Self-Administered Gambling Check-up


Apps, books and websites listed on this page are provided for educational purposes only and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Nothing contained in these topics is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Talk with your health care provider about any questions you may have.

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