A list of steps you can do for your family's safety, and a list of community resources
Central Middlesex Police Partnership (CMPP Program) Eliot Community Human Services, Concord, MA Tel: 1-339-223-1750 Works to address and reduce opioid and other substance use issues through targeted and ongoing prevention, intervention and education programming
Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Tel: 617-643-4699 ARMS specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26, and their parents, as they deal with their substance use and related problems. ARMS for Parents: Coaching, Coping, & Communication is a support program for parents whose teen/young adult (age 14-26) is struggling with substance abuse. This group is free of charge and parents may join at any time.
Children of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, a program of the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, supports children of alcoholism and substance abuse by advocating for them in community forums and developing appropriate supportive educational groups for them throughout Boston. Tel:617-227-4183
Family Support and Education Group Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Program McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA Contact Joe Scholl, LICSW Tel: 781-799-3974 Monthly support to families, second Saturday of month, 1-5 pm, free: Room G17, Proctor Building Monthly support to siblings, second Saturday of month, 1-3pm, free: Room G17, Proctor Building
Recovery Research Institute (RRI) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org RRI presents evidence about addiction recovery for those seeking treatment and others. Watch videos at the bottom of the home page: "A Mother's Story: the struggle of facing her child's opiate use" and "Beautiful Boy: More Than an Addict", and visit the page Are you a relative?
Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing (GRASP) was founded to help provide help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. Meeting List Information for Families of Individuals At Risk of Opioid Overdose is supported by the Department of Public Health, MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services with links to peer support and a Help Line, and information about family intervention programs.
Learn to Cope is a support organization that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opioids or other drugs. Family Support Meetings take place in Brockton, Cambridge, Cape Cod Yarmouth, Framingham, Gardner, Gloucester, Holyoke, Lowell, New Bedford, Norwell, Pittsfield, Salem, Taunton, Tewksbury, Quincy, Warwick RI, and Worcester.
Massachusetts Al-Anon and Alateen is a 12 Step fellowship to help families and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and is for young people affected by another's drinking. Al-Anon Parents Meetings (Bedford, Bourne, Burlington, Framingham, Revere, Westport, Westwood, Weymouth) Meeting List Tel:508-366-0556 or Email: email@example.com
Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline provides free and confidential information and referral for alcohol and other drug abuse problems and related concerns. This service helps people of all ages, and assistance is available in multiple languages. Tel: 800-327-5050 or TTY 888-448-8321 Nar-Anon Family Groups is a 12 Step fellowship primarily for those who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. Tel: 800-477-6291 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents Helpline - Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed on weekends and holidays. Tel: 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
SOAR Natick is a peer support group, formed in Natick, Massachusetts in 2014. Bi-weekly meetings are held at the Morse Institute Library in Natick. "Our hope is to help one another deal with the agony of a child ill with Substance Use Disorder, to raise awareness of addiction, reduce stigma, support recovery, and sponsor community outreach initiatives." Meeting dates and times
Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Fact sheet from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Opioid Overdose is the leading cause of injury death in Massachusetts. In order to save lives, the Department of Public Health operates a pilot program to distribute a medication called Naloxone that can reverse an opioid overdose.
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction. Valuable information such as Guides and Resources and fact sheet From Rx to Herointhat details progress from abusing prescription drugs to injecting heroin.
Rx to Heroin is a Drugfree.com fact sheet that details one teen's progression from prescription drug to heroin use, and offers information and a resource.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Federal agency whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. Helpful articles include: Alcohol and Drug Addiction Happens in the Best of Families Addiction and the Family: Healing and Recovery