Helping those in crisis and creating support for the families involved is vital to combatting addiction. Addicts and families should understand they are not alone in the battle of opioid addiction. Below are websites that help bring together families going through this fight, as well as information to show what the crisis is, how to help prevent drug addiction, and the early warning signs of potential abuse.
Al-Anon is a family support group of health care professionals who treat families of alcoholics. Through this fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics experiences are shared, strength and hope are provided in order to solve their challenging problems. This service is to specifically help families of alcoholics, guiding families through the Twelve Steps.
Parent-To-Parent offers strength, hope, guidance, empowerment, and resources for families and children suffering the ravaging effects of drug and alcohol addiction. The purpose is to provide quality and affordable services so that no one person is denied recovery.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) provides an overview of addiction and the impacts it can have on one’s health. NIH outlines reasons why a person might be susceptible to addiction and offers guidance on how one can prevent or cure an addiction.>
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Enforcement (NCADD) provides insight on how one should approach a situation where a friend or loved one is overdosing. They detail the symptoms involved in an overdose and list the step by step instructions one should follow if they encounter someone who is overdosing, such as whether or not one should contact emergency services.
This site displays general information on warning signs of drug abuse, from the physical and health signs to behavioral signs of potential drug abuse. This is good assistance for parents who need help in what to look for in their children and to see potential early warning signs.
Get Smart About Drugs is a DEA Resource for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers, informing people on the various dangers of opioid abuse and what it can lead to. GSAD also provides video containing facts asbout drugs, the dangers of prescription drugs, as well as information on prevention.
This site provides each Regional Coalition Contact for the NJPN which prioritizes substance abuse prevention, more specifically 4 statewide priorities:
Coming together to help prevent and combat drug addiction is incredibly important. One of the ways we as a community can help is to learn how to administer the lifesaving drug Narcan, which is used in emergency situations to save an individual who has overdosed. Below are some links on learning how to administer the drug, as well as facilities that give Narcan training. Helping overdose victims and giving them a second chance is one of the first steps in saving and reclaiming lives.
The New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services provides an instructional video on Narcan for those looking to learn how to help overdose victims. The site also provides regional lists of training centers for those interested in becoming certified to use Narcan.