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
13

Conference on Opiates and Addiction



8:00 AM-4:30 PM: 2019 Conference on Opiates and Addiction: Partners on the Path to Recovery; How everyone from doctors to detectives are promoting progress in Stark County. The goal of this annual event is to disseminate information and educate the community and professionals about opiates and other drugs, to bring new knowledge to Stark County for prevention, treatment, and recovery. 6.0 CEUs/CMEs pending. Held at First Christian Church, Heritage Hall; 6900 Market Avenue North, North Canton, OH 44721. Cost is $20 and registration is required by calling Carrie Long at 330-430-3933. For more information visit https://starkmhar.org/event/2019-conference-on-opiates-addiction-partners-on-the-path-to-recovery/


NOVEMBER
21

Communicating with Loved Ones About Mental Illness



Presented by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness at the Perry Sippo Branch Library from 6-7:30pm. Reserve your free seats at StarkLibrary.org/mentahealth

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