Substance abuse is a complex
issue with many potential questions.

Dealing with it for the first time or repeatedly for years can be overwhelming. We hope to make it easier for
you by sharing some of the resources recommended by the healthcare professionals in our group.


The Drug Free Action Alliance
Drug Free Action Alliance is a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization founded in 1987. The DFAA delivers up-to-date information and develops initiatives that serve the immediate needs of those working to prevent substance abuse throughout the State of Ohio and beyond.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

D.A.R.E. Program
Drug Abuse Resistance Education, commonly referred to as D.A.R.E., is a preventive program aimed at equipping students with the skills to recognize and resist the pressures to experiment with alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Carter administration and Chief Domestic Advisor to President Johnson, started The Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. The organization focuses on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and addiction, and assembles under one roof the skills needed to assess the impact of all addictive substances in all sectors of society.

Prescription Drop Box in Upper Arlington
Safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Drug Collection Unit located at:

The Municipal Services Center
3600 Tremont Rd. 8am-5pm, Monday - Friday

Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood
While substance use generally begins during the adolescent years, there are known biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to the risk that begin accumulating as early as the prenatal period.
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Teens who had frequent family dinners (5 to 7 per week) were more likely to report having high-quality relationships with their parents. Compared to teens who had infrequent family dinners (2 or fewer per week), teens who had frequent family dinners were almost 1.5 times more likely to have said they had an excellent relationship with their mother and 1.5 times likelier to have said they had an excellent relationship with their father.
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Community Resource Guide Understanding young people and substance abuse. The Resource Guide was produced in collaboration with The City of Upper Arlington, The Upper Arlington City Schools, The Upper Arlington Public Library and Syntero. Learn more. Start talking. Download PDF

Vaping Resources

Marijuana Resources

Alcohol Resources Fact Sheet on Alcohol Use

Alcohol Related Deaths and Illness Learn More

Heroin Resources

Inhalants Resources THE NIPC is a public-private effort to promote awareness and recognition of the under publicized problem of inhalant use.

Cover 2 Resources - Podcast Listen in and hear from Ohio parents, families and recovery experts.

The Urban Dictionary Urban Dictionary is a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang words and phrases that was founded in 1999.


Addiction Services Database An interactive and filterable database of drug, alcohol, and dual diagnosis/mental health facilities in Ohio, including a list of detox facilities (from the Ohio Opiate Conference Registration Packet).

Upper Arlington Police and EMS If you want to talk with someone from the Police Department or EMS you can call them directly at (614) 583-5150. Or for an emergency call 911. If you are concerned about the health or well-being of a child who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you need additional support or assessment, our police and EMS teams are here to help.

Anonymous Reporting to UAPD If you are concerned about the health or well-being of a child who might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol and you would like to remain anonymous:

  1. Go to
  2. Once there go to the search field and type “Anonymous Crime Tip.”
  3. You are then directed to a page that allows you to select worrisome behavior and offer a written explanation.

Upper Arlington City Schools Students and families can talk with:

  • The School nurse in your young person’s building
  • Jon Rice, resource officer at Upper Arlington High school
  • Andrew Theado, Principal at Upper Arlington High school
  • Jason Fine, Principal at Jones Middle School
  • Rob Gonda, Principal at Upper Hasting Middle School
  • Ask about the Syntero school-based counselor for your young person’s building

Public School Works Public School Works is an anonymous third party reporting tool. To access Public School Works:

  1. Go to and click on Students and Parents.
  2. Select “Report a Student Safety Concern.”
  3. The system will prompt you to select if your concern is regarding bullying or another issue.
  4. From there you are directed to a page where you have the opportunity to select the worrisome behavior.
  5. Once you hit “Next” you are given the opportunity to supply a first and last name.
  6. If you want your concerns to be anonymous then - first name: Stand and last name: Project (or whatever you like)
  7. You can also share a written response.
  8. Once you “SUBMIT" – this information is shared with district administration.


CompDrug CompDrug’s mission is to provide a fully responsive continuum of care from prevention services through recovery. CompDrug’s high staff retention rate allows for consistent personal care. Licensed medical doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and chemical dependency counselors support each client’s treatment plan in a coordinated manner.

47 E 11th Ave, Columbus, OH 43211 (614) 224-4506

Sportsafe SPORT SAFE Testing Service, Inc. is a growing company dedicated to providing high quality service to high schools and their Boards of Education.

20 Grace Drive, Powell, OH 43065 (614) 847-0847


Syntero provides compassionate, professional, expert counseling and community based services in Central Ohio.

3645 Ridge Mill Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43026
PHONE: 614.457.7876
FAX: 614.457.7896

299 Cramer Creek Court
Dublin, Ohio 43017
PHONE: 614.889.5722
FAX: 614.889.9335

H2O - Hope to Others
H2O is an open support group for parents of children of all ages who have been impacted by alcohol and other drugs.

C.A.S.A. - The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Although there is not yet a cure for addiction, there are effective treatments and ways to manage it. This can include helping people reduce and eliminate their use of addictive substances so they can lead healthy lives.

The Ohio Behavioral Health Directory
Search all of the state certified addiction treatment providers in Ohio.

Our goal is to provide clients with the tools necessary to sustain lasting and meaningful recovery. In order to do this, our clinical staff focuses on identifying the root of the problem, while engaging clients in an individualized treatment plan to promote steady growth.

349 Olde Ridenour Rd
Columbus, OH 43230
(614) 471-2552

MaryHaven Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment
MaryHaven is Central Ohio’s best-in-class integrated behavioral health services provider specializing in addiction recovery.

1791 Alum Creek Drive
(614) 445-8131

Talbot Hall
Since 1974, Talbot Hall has provided high quality, comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction recovery services in central Ohio.

1441 Phale D. Hale Drive
(614) 257-3760

Cornerstone of Recovery
Cornerstone of Recovery offers hope and help, healing and change. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services (ODMHAS), Cornerstone of Recovery provides comprehensive alcohol and drug addiction treatment programs specifically tailored to the varying needs of patients and their families.

5003 Horizons Drive #110
(614) 889-0000

Dublin Springs
Using the latest advancements in program curriculum such as web-based COGNIT®, Good Days Ahead®, and the Hazelden® Co-Occurring Disorders Program, individualized treatment plans are developed and used to begin the journey to recovery and mental wellness.

Mental Health Clinic
7625 Hospital Drive
(614) 717-1800

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but meant to be a starting place for you and your family as you investigate the multiple options associated with this topic. The Stand Project is not responsible for any outcomes resulting from using any resource listed here. We hope you will find these resources helpful in your journey wherever you stand at this moment.
Know that we are here to stand with you.