My loved one has an opiate addiction.
What do I do?

 


 
  • LEARN the symptoms of overdose HERE
  • GET a Narcan overdose kit HERE
  • UNDERSTAND that addiction is a family disease. GET SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR YOURSELF. This disease is life-threatening. It is critical that you get correct information about how to care for your loved one just as you would with any other disease
  • UNDERSTAND that there is a disease process at work & the addict CANNOT JUST STOP USING. Addiction will not respond to logic or emotional pleas
  • UNDERSTAND that you did not cause this, you cannot control it and you cannot cure it.
  • LEARN what enabling means and stop doing it
  • UNDERSTAND that addicts do not want to be this way. AVOID STIGMA AND OFFER LOVE AND SUPPORT FOR RECOVERY. Do not add to their burden of guilt and shame as that can fuel their need to use
  • UNDERSTAND that the addict is NOT DOING THIS TO YOU. The unacceptable behavior is not personal – it is a symptom of the disease
  • REPORT ANYTHING you know about drug activity to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office ANONYMOUS TIP LINE 330-451- 3937 or ONLINE HERE
  • REDUCE access and street crime by getting rid of unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications at free safe drop box locations. VIEW LOCATIONS HERE
  • KNOW what to do in an overdose situation HERE

UPCOMING EVENTS




NOVEMBER
22

Love Bears All



Free event limited to children who have lost a parent to overdose and their care givers. The event is from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Guys Party Center 500 E Waterloo Rd, Akron, OH 44319. Admission is free for each child and accompanying adult, but registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult. The event will include pizza, snacks, a hand-stuffed "Love Bears All" teddy bear for each child, a memorial craft, games, dancing, and photo opportunity with the Frozen sisters and Spiderman. The children will experience an evening of fun - free of the judgement and stigma that can follow the death of a parent from an overdose. Register online at https://hopeunited.ticketleap.com/lovebearsall/ for questions email lovebearsall@hopeunited.life


JUNE
16

F.A.T.H.E.R.S. MOTORCYCLE POKER RUN & COMMUNITY EVENT