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Open Access Journals

Most scientific journals require expensive subscriptions, so don’t miss out on these opportunities to read the latest research for free from these high-quality open access journals.

  • Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

    Publisher: BioMed Central

    From one of the largest open-access publishers, BioMed Central, this online journal provides a steady stream of relevant research into treating drug and behavioral addictions.

  • Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems

    Publisher: European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association

    If you work with people suffering from heroin or prescription drug addictions, then this peer-reviewed journal is essential reading. It covers the latest research and opinions on opiate addiction from around the word.

  • Current Addiction Reports

    Publisher: Springer

    Reviewing the latest scientific research on both drug and behavioral addictions, this journal puts its current issue free online to help addiction professionals keep up-to-date.

  • Addiction Professional

    Publisher: Vendome

    This trade publication specializes in the latest news on what’s working and what’s not in treating addictive disorders, and every issue is available free online.


Our understanding of the psychology behind addiction is constantly changing, and there are no simple explanations. But you can be sure you are a well informed professional with these free online course materials from the world’s best universities.

  • The Psychology of Taste and Addiction

    As part of a series of video lectures examining food, this fascinating lecture, part of a series, looks at the processes in the brain that lead to physical addictions.

  • Drugs, Addiction & Mental Disorder

    This series of podcasts is designed to introduce you to scientific analysis of addiction, drug abuse, and associated mental disorders.

  • Adolescent Development and Alcohol Use

    This presentation from the National Institutes of Health reviews the psychology behind adolescents’ risk taking and excessive alcohol consumption common.

  • Drugs and the Brain

    So many addiction disorders are linked to drug abuse; know the effects these various substances have on the brain with these concise presentations from MIT.

Research Organizations

With over 23 million Americans addicted to drugs or alcohol, as reported by the U.S. government, addictive disorders are a serious public health concern. These research organizations are dedicated to finding new ways to improve treatment and prevent life-ruining addictions.

  • NIH: National Institute on Drug Abuse

    From methamphetamines to prescription drugs, there is a growing drug abuse crisis in America. This federal agency aims to figure it out by dispersing millions of dollars in research funding.

  • NIH: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    Alcoholism is the most common type of addiction in the United States, and one of the most destructive. As one on the 27 federal research institutes comprising the NIH, this organization funds millions of dollars in research each year aiming to address alcohol abuse.

  • Institute for Substance Abuse Treatment Evaluation

    With offices in Tennessee, this organization is an excellent example of a local research initiative to discover what addiction treatment programs are working, which ones are not, and why.

  • Center for Substance Abuse Research

    Headquartered at the University of Maryland, this organization gathers data on addiction and researches the ways substance abuse harms individuals and communities.

  • Association of Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse

    AMERSA is a leading independent research organization based in Providence, RI dedicated to better educating medical professionals on drug abuse and implementing better prevention strategies.

Professional Organizations

As the scourge of drug and alcohol abuse continues to harm individuals and communities across the United States, there is a growing need for professional addiction treatment providers. These organizations serve those professionals.

  • Society for the Study of Addiction

    With two peer-reviewed journals, an annual symposium, and other conferences, this society is for addiction professionals across disciplines to come together and promote awareness.

  • The Association of Addiction Professionals

    With over 75,000 members nationwide, this group provides addiction counselors and educators networking opportunities and access to additional training.

  • American Society of Addiction Medicine

    With local chapters in around 16 states, this professional association of over 3,000 physicians is dedicated to improving addiction treatment.

  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

    Serving the interests of physicians who treat addiction, the organization offers its members a subscription to its monthly journal, along with numerous conferences and educational events.

Public Awareness Organizations

The U.S. government reports that while millions of Americans suffer from addiction disorders, only 11% of them receive treatment. That is why major awareness organizations like these are so critical in addressing addiction as a public health concern.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    This federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services commands a huge budget for preventing and treating substance abuse and addictions in the form of grants and funding for local initiatives. This organization uses its over three billion dollar annual budget to lead public mental health initiatives across the United States.

  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

    With nearly 100 affiliates across the country, the NCADD has provided direct support and treatment to alcoholics and drug addicts for the better part of a century.


    This nonprofit raises awareness, trains local professionals, and coordinates with community organizations to combat growing drug and alcohol addiction by teens in the United States.

  • Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America

    This grassroots organization works at the local level and around the world, encouraging communities to mobilize against the pernicious effects of drug abuse.

  • Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse

    With funding from donors and federal and state agencies, this nonprofit is associated with Columbia University and works to bring addiction to the forefront as a public health concern.