Preserving the History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery


Sergei Melnikov

What would it mean to future generations if the collective knowledge drawn from history and science about addiction, addiction treatment, and addiction recovery simply disappeared. As addiction libraries and databases erode at an unprecedented rate the recent closing or downsizing of 60 such libraries and databases, that question is a critical one. Here's what you can do personally to preserve these priceless collections.

The association of Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) is building a digital archive of important books and reports in the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) field in partnership with the Internet Archive. The SALIS Collection, As it is called, is available to anyone, anywhere in the world: for FREE! Some books can be read online, e-borrowed, and, in some cases, even downloaded, depending on copyright status. You can check it out here!

The SALIS Collection, currently featuring over 1500 books, is growing, but we need your help so we can continue adding books! It only costs $30 to make a book available to the entire world. To help SALIS reach its goal of $6,000200 books digitizedthe SALIS Executive Board is offering to match the first $1,000 donated on Giving Tuesday.

There are two ways you can support the SALIS Collection:

Support us on Giving Tuesday, November 28th?Our crowdfunding platform Razoo* is waiving its platform fees on Giving Tuesday, maximizing your donation!

Make a donation any time, through the SALIS Website, From there, you will have the option of donating through PayPal or mailing a check to SALIS Home.

We need your help to continue to build the collection, book by book! Please help us preserve this valuable history. Even small donations will support this preservation process.