This page includes resources about bereavement, harm reduction, substance use, and related issues.
- Bereavement support resources
- Harm reduction resources
- Harm reduction organizations
- Substance use support groups and meetings
- Other substance use resources
- Housing and food insecurity resources
Bereavement support resources
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Philadelphia Crisis Line (988 or 215-685-6440): An emergency phone line dedicated to mental health and/or psychiatric crisis that can provide guidance and evaluation/treatment services, available 24/7.
- NAMI Warmline (1-844-745-4673): A non-crisis phone line to chat with a counselor when in need of support, available 9am-5pm Monday through Friday.
- Department of Public Health’s Division of Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction
- Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office
- Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
- Broken No More: An online forum dedicated to the hope that more enlightened drug policies may help stem the tide of addiction and overdose.
Harm reduction resources
Guidelines for healthcare providers
- The opioid guidelines for clinicians are a resource for doctors and pharmacists prescribing and dispensing opioids, naloxone, and buprenorphine.
Parent and child health
- Philadelphia’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Outreach Program provides harm reduction education and referrals to parents of infants diagnosed with NAS and their families.
- 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.
Harm reduction organizations
- 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.
- 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
|Alcoholics Anonymous SEPIA||Support meetings||Recovering alcoholics|
|Narcotics Anonymous||Support meetings||Recovering drug users|
|Buddhist Recovery Network||
|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|
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
- Critical Path Greater Philadelphia Resource Guide is a database of social services in Philadelphia.
- Where to Get Help is a guide from the Office of Homeless Services with information for individuals seeking meals, showers, housing, and other assistance.
- The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger provides resources for individuals and advocates for solutions to prevent hunger.
- The Sunday Love Project provides meals for the homeless.