Family Matters – Families Matter

A Treatment and Support Guide for the Rest of Us

Good Treatment is Hard to Find

I spent a decade using heroin and about nine years trying to stop. It’s not that I didn’t want to quit–I didn’t know where to turn. In my Internet research and through word-of-mouth, I either came up empty or ran into a lot of myths and misinformation. Stigma created an additional barrier to me getting the help I wanted.

In recent years we’ve learned much more about addiction and effective treatments, but significant barriers remain. While the county I live in has one of the highest overdose rates in the state, there are no opioid treatment providers. This is a common problem in rural, and even some urban and suburban, areas.

With that in mind, here’s a comprehensive (though not overwhelming) list of treatment and support options which are either evidence-based or use evidence-based tools, followed by links to harm reduction resources. Harm reduction organizations provide education, treatment referrals, naloxone overdose rescue kits, syringe exchange programs, access to contraception, HIV and hepatitis C testing, and other vital services which might otherwise remain unmet.

Everyone is different and there are many pathways to recovery. Guides like this will grant broader access to recovery resources for people who want to stop harmful substance use, without having to navigate through a series of ads and promotional materials, and provide access to life-saving tools for active substance users and people with mental health disorders.

Jeremy G


Find Treatment:

Self Empowering Addiction Treatment Association Provider Directory
SAMHSA Methadone Treatment Locator
SAMHSA Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Physician Locator
SAMHSA Comprehensive Treatment Locator
Comprehensive Directory of Methadone Treatment Providers (US & Canada)
Moderation Management for Alcohol

Support Groups:

Self-Management and Recovery Training: SMART Recovery, offers structured in-person and 24×7 online meetings)
LifeRing Secular Recovery
SOS Sobriety (Secular Sobriety)
Women for Sobriety
Harm Reduction for Alcohol (HAMS) Support Group
Mental Health Peer-Support Resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Support Directory

Resources for Parents:

Drug Policy Alliance’s Safety First Program
Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training: CRAFT (for Parents and Families)
SMART for Family and Friends Online Resources
Families for Sensible Drug Policy: FSDP

Harm Reduction Resources:

What is Harm Reduction? from Harm Reduction International and Drug Policy Alliance
Harm Reduction Publications from Harm Reduction Coalition
Connect Locally to Harm Reduction Organizations in Your Area
International Network for People Who Use Drugs: INPUD

Originally posted at: Making Noise in the South


Useful Videos:

Stanton Peele: What is Harm Reduction

Tom Horvath, founder of Practical Recovery and SMART Recovery, on Self Empowering Addiction Treatment

“Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong” from Kurzgesagt (based on the work of Johann Hari)

Intro to CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training): CRAFT vs Alternatives

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