Local Recovery Non-Profit Organizations



Recovery Foundation, Inc. - Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports recovery from substance use disorders through financial assistance to individuals unable to afford treatment, public outreach and education, and advocacy for research and evidence-based treatment and recovery services.

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Horizon High School - Is an independent High School in Madison dedicated to providing emotional, social and academic growth for students who want to learn in an alcohol-free, drug-free environment. Founded in 2004, Horizon High School is one of less than 50 high schools in the US with a focus on sobriety. Horizon High School has a partnership with the Madison Public Schools for qualified students.

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Sober Living Housing Options



Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a democratically run, self-supporting and drug free home. Visit them here.

Oxford House of Wisconsin



SISTER House, Inc. is an organization with an innovative vision for women transitioning from prison, jail, or AODA treatment into the Madison, Wisconsin community. Visit www.sisterhousemadison.

Residential Treatment Centers



Rosecrance is dedicated to providing the highest quality care and the best evidence-based practices to treat substance use disorder and mental health issues. We’re focused on one thing: Providing the best opportunity for lasting recovery. Life’s waiting. Visit



Burning Tree's long-term residential treatment program focuses on clinical treatment of the chronic relapse and is centered in spiritual 12-Step recovery, developing accountability and integrity, and enhancing the road to recovery. Visit


Treating addiction. Transforming lives. 

Hazelden has been saving lives and restoring families from substance abuse and addiction for more than 60 years. With outpatient and residential programs in Minnesota, Oregon, Florida, New York and Illinois, we offer every patient the best chance of lifelong recovery.  Visit


Caron Treatment Centers is a nationally recognized non-profit provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. With nearly 60 years in the field, Caron is one of the oldest and largest drug and alcohol addiction treatment center organizations offering primary, relapse and longer-term treatment services. Caron’s treatment is gender separate and gender specific. Formerly the Caron Foundation, the acclaimed Caron Treatment Centers network operates treatment centers in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas. Visit


Rated as one of the region’s top ranking hospitals and the #1 psychiatric facility in Tucson, Arizona, we provide exceptional treatment to those struggling with addiction and a wide range of other disorders. Trusted and recommended by doctors and therapists across the world, Sierra Tucson has a reputation for safe, successful, and supportive treatment programs. Since 1983, our renowned programs have effected positive change in the lives of over 25,000 patients and over 70,000 family members. Visit

Elements Behavioral Health

Residential Treatment Centers



At The Ranch, a cool, clear river winds through the beautiful rolling hills of a 2,000 acre working horse and cattle ranch in Nunnelly, Tennessee. For those meeting the challenges of addictive and compulsive behaviors, The Ranch is a path to hope and healing. Visit

Ocean Recovery

Reliable Newport Beach, California Addiction Treatment Center where foundations are laid for lasting recovery. Licensed and accredited residential addiction treatment centers specialize in treating substance abuse addiction, eating disorders and underlying co-occurring issues. Every client is provided a personalized treatment plan carefully developed by our multidisciplinary team of licensed clinicians and addiction professionals, which ensures the individualized care that our clients deserve.  Visit



Promises Treatment Centers specializes in treating a wide variety of addictions and underlying psychological issues. By treating the whole person and approaching the disease of addiction from all angles, our clients are given the opportunity to achieve lasting recovery.  Visit



  • is a free service of Join Together, a project of The Partnership at and Boston University School of Public Health.Answering these questions will take only a few minutes, and will give you personalized results based on your age, gender and drinking patterns.  This website will not share your answers or any information about you with anyone.  Visit


The Parent Addiction Network has an incredible list, which is updated regularly, of sober living options around the area.

Treatment Facility Locator for Wisconsin:

WISCONSIN Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: 24 Hour Help
No matter your demographic or your problem, there is someone to listen to you 24 hours a day.  Help for: parents, singles siblings, students, veterans, youth, emotional crisis, post-partum depression and more.


Phone Numbers
  • Crisis at Journey Mental Health Center   608-280-2600
  • Madison Police Officer in Charge: 608-266-4418
  • Police Non-Emergency Number: 608-255-2345
  • Dane County Sheriff’s Officer in Charge: 608- 284-6934
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
gives on overview for friends and family, including FAQ, signs and symptoms, how to help someone, and how one family member’s drug or alcohol use affects the family.

Al-Anon and Alateen
Strength and hope for families and friends of problem drinkers.


Parent Addiction Network of Dane County
This site is for parents, families, and friends who have a loved one affected by drug addiction.  Get help with: understanding addiction, FAQS, signs and symptoms, parent self-care, and more.


WISCONSIN Suicide & Crisis Hotlines: 24 Hour Help
No matter your demographic or your problem, there is someone to listen to you 24 hours a day.  Help for: parents, singles siblings, students, veterans, youth, emotional crisis, post-partum depression and more.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Substance Abuse Treatment.  The guidance provided can help persons who use drugs, including those living with HIV/AIDS, to reduce or stop their substance abuse.

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.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) For TEENS, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), created this Web site to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. NIDA enlisted the help of teens in developing the site to ensure that the content addresses appropriate questions and timely concerns.

MAYO CLINIC   Drug addiction is a dependence on an illegal drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own.

Teen Depression - A Guide for Parents


Teen Depression - A Guide for Teenagers


Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide


Facts About Common Mental Illnesses


National Alliance on Mental Illness - Dane County Chapter

The HBO Addiction Project is a multimedia venture that includes a centerpiece documentary, supplementary materials, a website, and a book.

Crazy Heart - A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Clean and Sober - A hustling drug addict checks himself into rehab to escape trouble with the law, and realizes that it's exactly what he needs.

Waking Up Happy by Jill Muehrcke   ”Fascinating true stories of how others have prevailed, along with helpful exercises, tips, and tools to put the lessons to use.” purchasing Waking Up Happy not only will you be helping yourself and those you love, but a portion of the proceeds will help others in their Recovery, through Recovery Foundation.

Broken Promises: One Family's Journey through Alcoholism to Reconciliation by Jane Bartels.   Lost in the pull of alcoholism, Jane Bartels did the unthinkable. She left her five young children in order to drink. This is not only the story of one person's descent into hell, it is also the story of a vulnerable young family of five children trying to stay strong while their mother continually disappoints and betrays them. While Jane tells her story with searing, heart-breaking honesty, the children provide their own gut-wrenching, emotional response. Their shared story provides a penetrating and unique view of the toll which substance abuse inflicts on entire families.

Moments of Clarity by Christopher Kennedy Lawford.  Every segment of society has been touched by addiction and its aftermath. Moments of Clarity collects stories from men and women, young and old, and across all barriers of celebrity, color, and class.

Daily Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics by Rokelle Lerner.  As adult children of alcoholics, we can continue to remain in the past and believe the negatives that we were taught; or we can change our beliefs with affirmative thoughts that can set us free into better and more expansive experiences. What we choose to believe will ultimately rule our world.

Broken by William Cope Moyers.   Unlike some popular memoirs that have fictionalized and romanticized the degradations of drug addiction, Broken is a true-life tale of recovery that stuns and inspires with virtually every page. The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the story of how a young man with every advantage found himself spiraling into a love affair with crack cocaine that led him to the brink of death-and how a deep spirituality allowed him to conquer his shame, transform his life, and dedicate himself to changing America's politics of addiction.

Esteemable Acts – 10 Actions for Building Real Self-Esteem. By Francine Ward.  This is a must read for anyone ready for a better life. Based on the principals that led to Francine’s own remarkable recovery from drug addiction, alcoholism, and low self-esteem.  While many think self-esteem is all about having the right job, the right boyfriend (or girlfriend), or living in the right neighborhood, Francine demonstrates how self-esteem is all about how you behave.

Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back.  By Claire Fontaine, Mia Fontaine. In powerful parallel stories, mother and daughter give mesmerizing first-person accounts of the nightmare that shattered their family and the amazing journey they took to find their way back to each other. Claire Fontaine's relentless cross-country search for her missing child and ultimate decision to force her into treatment in Eastern Europe is a gripping tale of dead ends, painful revelations, and, at times, miracles. Mia Fontaine describes her refuge in the seedy underworld of felons and addicts as well as the jarring shock of the extreme, if loving, school that enabled her to overcome depression and self-loathing. Both women detail their remarkable process of self-examination and healing with humor and unsparing honesty.

A Million Little Pieces Paperbackby James Frey.   At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed or any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey’s acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab.

Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff.   What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs. His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.

Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetaminesby Nic Sheff.   This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery and complements his father’s parallel memoir, Beautiful Boy.  Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait—but not one without hope.

Dry: A Memoir  by Augusten Burroughs.  You may not know it, but you've met Augusten Burroughs. You've seen him on the street, in bars, on the subway, at restaurants: a twenty-something guy, nice suit, works in advertising. Regular. Ordinary. But when the ordinary person had two drinks, Augusten was circling the drain by having twelve; when the ordinary person went home at midnight, Augusten never went home at all. Loud, distracting ties, automated wake-up calls, and cologne on the tongue could only hide so much for so long. At the request (well, it wasn't really a request) of his employers, Augusten lands in rehab, where his dreams of group therapy with Robert Downey, Jr., are immediately dashed by the grim reality of fluorescent lighting and paper hospital slippers. But when Augusten is forced to examine himself, something actually starts to click, and that's when he finds himself in the worst trouble of all. Because when his thirty days are up, he has to return to his same drunken Manhattan life - and live it sober. What follows is a memoir that's as moving as it is funny, as heartbreaking as it is real. Dry is the story of love, loss, and Starbucks as a higher power.

From Binge to Blackout: A Mother and Son Struggle With Teen Drinking by Chris Volkmann, Toren Volkmann.  Throughout his college years, Toren Volkmann partied like there was no tomorrow, having what was supposed to be the time of his life. Like so many parents, his mother, Chris, overlooked Toren’s growing alcohol problem. But when he graduated, Toren realized he’d become a full-blown alcoholic. And he was not alone.  Considered a rite of passage, teenage drinking has skyrocketed to epidemic proportions, fostering a generation of young adults whose lives are already beginning to come apart under the strain. This book, written from the viewpoints of both mother and son, is a riveting, enlightening, and heartbreakingly true story of a family that was able to confront the fear, pain, and denial that threatened to destroy them—and survive the epidemic of teenage drinking that’s putting America’s future at risk.

Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself  by Melody Beattie.  With instructive life stories, personal reflections, exercises, and self-tests,Codependent No More is a simple, straightforward, readable map of the perplexing world of codependency--charting the path to freedom and a lifetime of healing, hope, and happiness.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood  by Koren Zailckas.  Garnering a vast amount of attention from young people and parents, and from book buyers across the country, Smashed became a media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. Eye-opening and utterly gripping, Koren Zailckas’s story is that of thousands of girls like her who are not alcoholics—yet—but who routinely use booze as a shortcut to courage and a stand-in for good judgment.