Listed below are some of the many resources that are available to those affected by addiction and their families. This list is grouped into categories to assist you in locating the type of resource that best meets your needs.
Family Support and Advocacy Groups
GRASP (Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing) provides sources of help, compassion and understanding for families or individuals who have lost a loved one as a result of substance abuse or addiction.
Hearts of Hope, located in Geneva, IL, provides a bi-monthly support group for families impacted by addiction.
Hero (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) Grief Support Group located in Homer Glen, IL meets monthly to provide support to those that have lost a child to heroin.
Live4Lali offers a direct access point for Naloxone trainings, education, support and treatment. (Arlington Heights, IL)
Nar-Anon provides support for relatives and friends who are concerned about the addiction or drug problems of another.
The Partnership's Parent Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE) is a nationwide, non-crisis, support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children, who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking. The Partnership's billingual, trained and caring parent specialists will:
- Listen to your concerns, challenges, setbacks and emotional turmoil that you have experienced with your child's substance abuse or addiction
- Help you outline a course of effective action - whether it's prevention, intervention, seeking treatment or supporting recovery - grounded in science-based resources
- Inform you of different resources available to you nationally
Path (Positive Acceptance Towards Healing) mission is to reach out to those who have been touched by addiction. They are passionate about raising awareness, educating, supporting others and helping to change the stigma of addiction and recovery. They are located in Naperville, IL.
Nearly one-third of all families are affected by addiction in some way. Everyone needs support. There are support groups in your community; we can help you find them. Click on the link below and enter your zipcode to find a support group that meets your specific needs.
Rehabilitation and Recovery
Heroin Anonymous (HA) is a fellowship of men and women who have found a better way of life, free from heroin addiction. Their fellowship is based on a twelve-step program of recovery - and if you wish to join them, they are there to share what they have found. There are no dues or fees for membership; the only requirement is a desire to stay sober. For more information or to find a local meeting, click on the link below
MentalHelp provides online mental health and wellness education. They also strive to help those looking for the best addiction treatment program options for themselves or their loved ones. Their rehab center directory can help you compare programs based on alumni reviews and ratings to help you select the right treatment center for your needs.
NA (Narcotics Anonymous) is a global community-based organization. They offer recovery from the affects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings.
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.
Click the Behavioral Health Services Locator link below to view an on-line source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United State or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Education and Harm Reduction
Center for Disease Control (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the US. Their goal is to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and domestic. The website provides information on drugs and addiction as well as statistics and community based prevention programs.
DuPage Coalition Against heroin was formed to raise awareness and educate the public about this growing problem. They believe that prevention through education is key to saving our children and our community.
National Institute on Drug Abuse is a comprehensive website with research, data and statistics, treatment reports and news. It includes materials for teachers, parents, patients and families.
Overdose Prevention and Harm Reduction was founded in 1993 and incorporated in 1994 by a working group of needle exchange providers, advocates and drug users. Today, their work continues with an extensive and diverse network of allies who challenge the persistent stigma faced by people who use drugs and advocate for policy and public health reform.
"Limited" immunity, as defined within Illinois Senate Bill 1701, means that the individual seeking the emergency medical assistance for another cannot be charged or prosecuted for felony possession if the possession charge were to solely come as a result of their seeking and/or obtaining the necessary assistance. The overdose victim you're helping is protected too. Further stipulations apply in regard to the amount of illegal substance. Read more details and FAQs at link below.