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  • The misuse and abuse of alcohol, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, and tobacco affect the health and well-being of millions of Americans.

    According to national studies, about two-thirds of people aged 12 or older reported that they drank alcohol in the past 12 months, with many meeting criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Also among Americans aged 12 or older, the use of illicit drugs has increased over the last decade. Of those, 7.1 million people met criteria for an illicit drug use disorder in the past year.

    The misuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most common drug problem after alcohol and tobacco, leading to troubling increases in opioid overdoses in the past decade.

    Take these steps to help prevent drug abuse in your children and teenagers:

    • Talk to your children about the risks of drug use and abuse.
    • Be a good listener when your children talk about peer pressure, and be supportive of their efforts to resist it.
    • Set a good example. ...
    • Strengthen the bond.




    Alateen is part of Al‑Anon Family Groups. Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to:

    • share experiences, strength, and hope with each other
    • discuss difficulties
    • learn effective ways to cope with problems
    • encourage one another
    • help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program

    Directions for Youth & Families


    Directions for Youth & Families impacts over 8,000 youth and their families each year through mental, emotional and behavioral health services. We are a resiliency-oriented, trauma-informed agency working and training with experts and educators. Through counseling, education and support programs we are proud of the impact we have in contributing to a healthy community – one individual, one family at a time.

    Medicaid and Private Insurance


    Maryhaven is a private rehab located in Columbus, Ohio. Maryhaven specializes in the treatment of substance, drug and alcohol abuse.

    Maryhaven is Central Ohio’s best-in-class integrated behavioral health services provider specializing in addiction recovery. Our team has served more than 227,000 men, women and adolescents since 1953.Maryhaven logo

    Maryhaven provides a comprehensive continuum of services, including:

    • sub-acute hospital detoxification
    • adult residential
    • family treatment
    • extended care for women
    • residential and outpatient services for teens
    • a residential OVI Program (MESA)
    • outpatient safety programs for adults and adolescents


    Nationwide Children's Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

    614-355-8080- intake
    614-722-1800- crisis line for youth 17 and under

    At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we know that an emotional, behavioral or developmental problem can be confusing for children and adolescents - and for those who love them. We offer a wide range of services to address the needs of these patients and their families.

    Our comprehensive team approach brings together psychiatry, psychology, specialized pediatrics, counseling, parent support specialists, social work and nursing to help with every aspect of treatment. We respond to individuals who may be experiencing any form of mental or behavioral health concern, including substance abuse. Nationwide Children's logo

    Request an appointment online

    If you are in an emergency, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Department.

    Medicaid and Private Insurance

    The mission of Syntero is to advocate and support the health and well-being of individuals, families and community by providing professional, compassionate behavioral health and social services that adapt to the changing needs of the community. We also work with addiction issues in youth and adolescents.
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    Medicaid and Private Insurance


    Netcare AccessNetcare logo

    Netcare (Child and Adult Mental Health/Drug/Alcohol Crisis Line) 614-276-2273
    Netcare Access operates these two crisis centers twenty-four hours per day, three hundred sixty five days per year, including all holidays. Confidential and private services including: crisis intervention, de-escalation, psychiatric nursing assessment, physician evaluation, referrals.


    Contact your child’s primary care physician for recommendations.

    Please click this link to view a complete set of resources for Drug and Alcohol Awareness.