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Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction

Resources

Bereavement support resources

Support groups

Substance-related groups

  • Ryan’s Hope Program at Peter’s Place (Radnor, PA): A free 8-session peer support group for parents who have lost their child to substance use/overdose located in Radnor and also available to surrounding counties, including Philadelphia.
  • GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing): An online community for support and healing.
  • Herren Project: A free, online support groups for those in active recovery and their parents/spouse/family/siblings. Additional grief support groups are available for family members who have lost a loved one due to substance use or overdose, some groups are available in Spanish.
  • Love In The Trenches: A free, online support groups for parents and siblings who have lost loved ones to substance use or whose children are in active use.

General grief groups

  • Compassionate Friends: A national organization with local chapters providing support to families who have lost a loved one, usually a child.
  • Widowed Village: An online community of peer support and resources for those who have lost a spouse/partner.
  • GriefShare: A national organization with local chapters providing peer grief support groups.

Therapy

  • Psychology Today: An international search engine to find therapists, filters are available to narrow searches based on insurance, location, language, cost, reason for seeking services, etc.
  • Community Behavioral Health (CBH): Philadelphia’s mental health service managed care organization, available to most people covered under Medicaid. To locate a mental health and/or substance use treatment provider within the CBH network, call Members Services at 888-545-2600 (available 24/7) or review their online directory of providers.

Substance Use Treatment

  • Pennsylvania’s Get Help Now Hotline (1-800-662-4357): A free, confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline offering information about substance use treatment resources.
  • NET Access Point (1-844-533-8200 or 215-408-4987): A center providing substance use assessment and medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for those interested in recovery, open 24/7.
  • CareConnect Warmline (484-278-1679): A hotline available 9 a.m.-9 p.m. to get connected to virtual, low-barrier substance use treatment, including buprenorphine. No insurance necessary.
  • Targeted Case Management Unit (215-599-2150): A team providing mental health and addiction services through the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. Call the number provided to see if you qualify for services.
  • Behavioral Health Special Initiative (215-546-1200): A program providing referrals to addiction treatment services in and outside of Philadelphia for those with limited or no insurance.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): A list of local chapter meetings of AA, a group-oriented 12-step program for those working towards sobriety/recovery from alcohol.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA): A search engine for local meetings of NA, a community-oriented 12-step program for those working towards sobriety/recovery from narcotics.
  • Nar-Anon Family Groups: A search engine for local meetings for Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for the family and friends of people who use substances.

Children’s services

  • The Uplift Center for Grieving Children: An organization offering grief support groups for children as well as a resource and referral hotline for grieving children and teens (1-833-745-4673, available Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and holidays 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.).
  • Peter’s Place (Radnor, PA): An organization providing grief support to children and teens, located in Radnor and also available to the surrounding counties, including Philadelphia.
  • Safe Harbor at Jefferson Health (Abbington, PA): A program providing peer support groups for children, teens, young adults, and parent/caregivers who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

Volunteer/Donation opportunities

  • Angels In Motion: A local organization providing harm reduction training, recovery and housing referral information, and snack bags to communities in Philadelphia.
  • Never Surrender Hope: A local organization offering outreach and education, resources for those in recovery, and support groups for people whose loved ones are addicted to substances.
  • The Pink Elephant Movement: A local organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the opioid epidemic and providing financial and community support to children and families impacted by addiction.
  • Prevention Point: A local non-profit providing testing, treatment, and medical clinics as well as a drop-in center, syringe service program, and other supportive services to people in active use.

Additional links

 


Harm reduction resources

Guidelines for healthcare providers

Parent and child health

Mental health

  • Healthy Minds Philly offers tools and resources to support and improve the mental health and well-being of all Philadelphians.
  • Philadelphia Network of Care is a database of citywide services and resources for those dealing with behavioral health and intellectual disabilities, prison reentry, and/or military service.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Philadelphia provides information and free services for individuals suffering from mental illness and their families and friends.

Non-opioid drugs

  • Safer drug use strategies, including synthetic cannabinoids (K2), cocaine/crack, methamphetamine (meth), and phencyclidine (PCP).
  • Safe(r) Drug Use 101, including safer consumption tips, information about skin and soft tissue infections, and the basics of harm reduction.

Harm reduction organizations

Local

  • Prevention Point Philadelphia seeks to promote health, empowerment, and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.
  • Angels in Motion works to change the way those suffering with the disease of addiction are treated one life at a time.
  • Project SAFE provides women and femme-centered harm reduction services to people involved in the street economies in Kensington.
  • Operation in my Backyard advocates for harm reduction and provides outreach to individuals with substance use disorders.
  • SOL Collective works to end the overdose crisis and advocates for overdose prevention sites.

National

  • Harm Reduction Coalition promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities affected by drug use.
  • Drug Policy Alliance seeks to advance policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition.
  • DanceSafe promotes health and safety within nightlife and electronic dance communities.

Substance use support groups and meetings

Name Type Audience
Alcoholics Anonymous SEPIA Support meetings Recovering alcoholics
Narcotics Anonymous Support meetings Recovering drug users
SMART Recovery
  • Support meetings
  • Professional education
  • People in recovery
  • Friends and family
  • Professionals
PRO-ACT
  • Support services
  • Training
  • Special events
  • People in recovery
  • Friends and family
  • Professionals
Buddhist Recovery Network
  • Support meetings
  • Training
  • People in recovery
  • Friends and family
Al-Anon Support meetings Friends and family of alcoholics
Nar-Anon Support meetings Friends and family of people who use drugs
Caron Support meetings Friends and family of people who use drugs
LIVENGRIN Support meetings Friends and family of people who use drugs
NAMI Support meetings
  • People with mental health conditions
  • Friends and family of people with mental health conditions

Other substance use resources

  • Shatterproof advocates for better addiction treatment through reform and education.
  • Medical Marijuana PA provides information on medical marijuana, its uses, and instructions on how to apply for a medical marijuana card.
  • Psychology Today maintains a large database of therapists, which you can filter by location, insurance, therapy type, and more.

Housing and food insecurity resources


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