Resources for Families and Friends

Support resources in Massachusetts for families and friends of individuals at risk of opioid overdose.

Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support, and hope for family members coping with a loved one addicted to opioids or other drugs. Meetings occur regularly in locations throughout the state of MA (see calendar). Family members may receive overdose prevention, recognition, and response education at group meetings.

Allies in Recovery offers online resources to help family members when a loved one is struggling with drugs and/or alcohol. Allies in Recovery offers free membership for MA residents (enter your ZIP code as the promotional code when registering online). In addition to eLearning and other online resources, the organization offers CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) coaching to reduce substance use, get your loved one into treatment, and improve your well-being.

Family Intervention Programs use evidence-based practices to engage adolescents, young adults, and family members. These programs focus on engaging the individual with a substance use disorder with treatment and/or recovery services. These programs also provide ongoing support, skill building, and resource development for care takers and family members. There are currently two models being supported by BSAS: the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach and Assertive Continuing Care (ACRA/ACC) model, and the ARISE model. To learn more about local offerings of these services, visit the MA Substance Use Helpline’s website. Hover over “Search for Treatment” and select “For Providers”. Then, under “Select a service category” select “Family Services”. Alternatively, you can call the Helpline at (800) 327-5050.

Support After a Death by Overdose (SADOD) provides resources, information, and assistance to people throughout MA who have been affected by the death of someone they care about from a substance-use-related cause. SADOD’s focus is on increasing the capacity and effectiveness of peer grief support for bereaved people, frontline care providers, people in recovery, and people struggling with drug use. After a death caused by substance use, people experience grief as others do, but substance-use-related deaths can also bring with them unique challenges and hardships. SADOD’s resources for bereaved individuals address every aspect of grief, and offer an extensive collection of items focused on grief after a substance-use-related death.