The BIG LIST of Addiction Recovery Resources.

Addiction affects millions of people worldwide.

According to a recent report by the United Nations, while "35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders while only 1 in 7 people receive treatment".

"The estimated cost for substance misuse to society is more than $820 billion each year and is expected to continue increasing."

To help with this problem, we created this list of free addiction recovery resources -- please share this list with anyone who would benefit from having it!


35 million people worldwide suffer from drug use disorders while only 1 in 7 people receive treatment


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Tim Hilton - With over a decade of experience in the drug and alcohol treatment field, Tim Hilton draws on 14 years of recovery and 25 years of active addiction to deliver insightful and meaningful presentations.

Dr. Gabor Maté - Renowned addiction expert, speaker author Dr. Gabor Maté is sought after for his expertise on trauma, addiction, stress and childhood development.

David Eagleman - David Eagleman is an American neuroscientist, author, and science communicator. He teaches as an adjunct professor at Stanford University and is CEO of NeoSensory, a company that develops devices for sensory substitution.



The Matrix Model

The Matrix Model is an Evidence-Based Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for Alcohol and Drugs, Proven Effective in the Treatment of Addiction

Clare Foundation & Matrix Institute

Why the Matrix Model Works (Hazelden)

Seeking Safety Model
Seeking Safety is an evidence-based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse.

Seeking Safety (Treatment Innovations)

Seeking Safety Book (Amazon)

Seeking Safety Materials

Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a comprehensive behavioral program for treating substance-abuse problems. It is based on the belief that environmental contingencies can play a powerful role in encouraging or discouraging drinking or drug use.

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) 

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing is a clinical approach that helps people with mental health and substance use disorders. The approach upholds four principles— expressing empathy and avoiding arguing, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, and supporting self-efficacy (client’s belief s/he can successfully make a change).

Motivational Interviewing Resources (SAMHSA)

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Stages of Change Model

The Transtheoretical Model (also called the Stages of Change Model), developed by Prochaska and DiClemente in the late 1970s, evolved through studies examining the experiences of smokers who quit on their own with those requiring further treatment to understand why some people were capable of quitting on their own. It was determined that people quit smoking if they were ready to do so.

Stages of Change Model (Boston University)


12-Step Recovery Programs

The 12 Steps were created by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous to establish guidelines for the best way to overcome an addiction to alcohol. The program gained enough success in its early years for other addiction support groups to adapt the steps to their own needs.

The Big List of 12-Step Recovery Programs

SMART Recovery 

SMART Recovery is an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to individuals seeking abstinence from addiction. SMART stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training. 

Refuge Recovery

Refuge Recovery is a non-profit organization that believes Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation to recover from addiction.