Disasters and substance abuse/dependence


In other places throughout this website you will find information on disaster-related stress, as well as usual and common responses during and following the immediate disaster. The amount and kind of stress and trauma that individuals experience in a disaster will vary from person to person; coping strategies and resiliency will vary as well. Many people having experienced disasters may be vulnerable to abusing substances, resume previous patterns of use and abuse, or resume an addictive behavior because they are overwhelmed by their disaster experience.
Here are some things to keep in mind about substance use, abuse, and dependence as they relate to disaster response:

Adult Children of Alcoholics (AcoA)
P.O. Box 3216
Torrance, CA 90510
(310) 534-1815

Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters
1600 Corporate Landing Pkwy
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Information Line 800-344-2666
National Referral Line 888-4AL-ANON (M-F, 8AM to 6PM EST)

Alcoholics Anonymous

P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Phone (212) 870-3400

AlaTeen

P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
Phone (212) 870-3400
National Referral Line 888-4AL-ANON (M-F, 8AM to 6PM EST)

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
1 Choke Cherry Road
Room 4-1057
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-276-2420

Children of Alcoholics Foundation

33 West 60th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
Phone (800) 359-2623

Cocaine Anonymous
3740 Overland Avenue, Ste C
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone (310) 559-5833
National Referral Line 800-347-8998

Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters
P.O. Box 2562
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Phone (310) 547-5800

Narcotics Anonymous

PO Box 9999
Van Nuys, CA 91409
Phone (818) 773-9999

Web Links

This is a fact sheet with data, statistics, and a literature review on substance abuse following disasters.

This is a thorough article that explains stress, PTSD, and risk factors for drug and alcohol abuse. It also lists strategies for prevention and intervention.