FAMILY SUPPORT & EDUCATION



Addiction is called a family disease because it creates chaos, distress and disruption in the lives of everyone involved with the addict. Many of the seemingly helpful actions we take as family members in fact enable the addiction to flourish. It is vital for family members to become educated about this disease process and the best methods to truly help the addicted person. The groups listed here can provide this information as well as tools and emotional support to help families achieve peace and regain control of their own lives. All meetings are free and open to the public on a walk-in basis unless otherwise noted. This information was up to date as of September 2019 but please confirm meetings times and locations before attending as schedules may be subject to change.

Interview with Kara Vogt from F.A.T.H.E.R.S. and StarkHeroinEpidemic.org

During this discussion she talks about how addiction has affected her family and how they have found peace and acceptance. She also discusses the founding of F.A.T.H.E.R.S. (Families Against the Heroin Epidemic Rally in Stark), and the information found in StarkHeroinEpidemic.org.



INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT OPTIONS AND INFORMATION
It is possible to get court ordered involuntary treatment (potentially at no cost) for your loved one's drug or alcohol addiction. Casey's Law allows parents, relatives or friends to intervene in the substance use disorder of a loved one, regardless of age and without the filing of criminal charges.
http://caseyslaw.org/

 

   CRISIS INTERVENTION AND RECOVERY CENTER
   STARK COUNTY MOBILE RESPONSE TEAM
   2421 13th St NW
   Canton, OH 44703
   Crisis /Mobile Response Team Hotline 330-452-6000 
   Crisis Text line (ages 13-25) Text 4hope to 741-741
   Opiate Hotline 330-454-HELP (4357)
   Mobile Response Team is available 24/7 for urgent crisis intervention, information and referral and will provide behavioral health services wherever you 
   are day or night.     
   Detox services are no longer available at the Crisis Center however referrals are available by calling the Opiate hotline

 

 

THE ADDICT'S MOM (TAM)
This addiction advocacy group offers on-line discussion and support forums, articles and resources
www.facebook.com/addictsmom 
http://addictsmom.com



THE ADDICTS PARENT -TAP UNITED

On-line peer support, discussion and information forums
www.tapunited.org#1 
www.facebook.com/groups/TAPUnited/

 

ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
Unity Church of Massillon
4016 Wales Ave NW
Massillon, OH  44646
Meetings on Saturdays at 10:00 am
Twelve step program for a diverse group of recovering people that includes adult children of alcoholics, codependents, and addicts of various sorts as well as adults raised in abusive or dysfunctional homes.
http://www.adultchildren.org/

 

AL-ANON 
Local information line 234-300-2830
Meetings outside the area 1-800-344-2666
Structured meetings that provide coping tools and support for families of addicts

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
322 3rd St SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Wednesdays beginners at 7:30 pm and  regular meetings at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 8:00 pm

 

St. John's United Church of Christ
409 N. Wooster Ave
Dover, OH 44622
Mondays at 8:00 pm
Alateen meets also

Trinity United Church of Christ
3909 Blackburn Rd NW
Canton, OH 44718
Mondays at 10:00 am

Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church
930 S. Nickleplate St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Mondays at 7:30 pm

First Baptist Church
20 6th St SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Tuesdays 6:30 pm

First Immanuel United Church of Christ
208 E. Oxford St
Alliance, OH 44601
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church
204 Edgewood Dr
Minerva, OH 44657
Tuesdays regular meeting  at 8:00 pm and newcomers at 7:30 pm
Alateen meets also

 

Northminster Presbyterian Church
237 W. Maple St
N. Canton, OH 44720
Tuesdays at 7:30 pm
 
Advent Lutheran Church
1516 Edison St NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Little Flower Catholic Parish
2040 Diamond St NE
N. Canton, OH 44721 
Wednesdays beginners 9:30 am and  meetings at 10:00 am
 

St Joseph's Church
322 3rd St SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Wednesdays at 8:00 pm
AA meets also

Christ Presbyterian Church
530 Tuscarawas St W
Canton, OH 44702
Thursdays at 7:00 pm

 
Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St NW
N. Canton, OH 44720
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Alateen meets also
 

Total Living Center
2221 9th St SW
Canton, OH 44706
330-455-3663
Fridays from 11:00 am - Noon


United Methodist Church
13370 Cleveland Ave NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Fridays at 8:00 pm
AA meets also

Zion United Church of Christ
415 S. Main St
N. Canton, OH 44720
Saturdays at 10:30 am
www.ohioal-anon.org
http://afg-akron.org/
 


ALATEEN
Alateen is for young people ages 10-20 years whose lives have been affected by someone else's addiction. The program is beneficial to youth who have lost a loved one to overdose as well as those with actively addicted loved ones or loved ones in recovery.
Phone: 234-300-2830

Stark South Alateen
Education Center
811 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706
Mondays at 7:00 pm
Boys only meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays

Project Rebuild
406 Shorb Ave NW
Canton, OH 44703
Mondays at 4:30 pm

St. John's United Church of Christ
409 N. Wooster Ave
Dover, OH 44622
Mondays at 8:00 pm
Al-Anon meets also

Minerva Middle School
300 E. Line St
Minerva, OH 44657
Closed meeting-  only Minerva Middle School  students may participate
Tuesdays at 1:45 pm

Minerva Presbyterian Church
204 Edgewood Dr
Minerva, OH 44657
Tuesdays at 8:00 pm
Al-Anon meets also

St John's United Church of Christ
101 Tremont Ave SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Wednesdays at 8:00 pm

R.G. Drage Career and Technical Center
2800 Richville Dr SW
Canton, OH 44706
Closed meeting - only R.G. Drage students may participate
Thursdays at 10:20 am

Grace United Methodist Church
1720 Schneider St NW
N. Canton, OH 44720
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Al-Anon meets also

On-line chat meetings are also available
http://www.ohioal-anon.org/alateen_about.html

 

 

AULTMAN GRIEF SERVICES
Aultman Compassionate Care Center
2821 Woodlawn Ave. NW
Canton, OH 44708
330-479-4835
Resources, counseling and grief support workshops available
https://aultman.org/home/services/support-services/grief/#/

 

CARING HEARTS SUPPORT GROUP
Liberty Baptist Church
2349 Southway SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Church 330-830-8885
Faye Griffith 330-224-8218
Support group for those who have lost a child
Meetings on the first Monday of the month from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
This non-profit agency has counseling services  available for children of substance abusers.

Shipley Clinic
919  2nd St NE
Canton, OH 44704
330-454-7917 ext 141

Belden Village Office
4641 Fulton Drive N.W.
Canton, OH 44718
330-433-6075

Plain Community Office
1811 Schneider St. N.E., Door 6
Canton, OH 44721
Phone: 330-470-4061

Alliance Office
1207 West State Street, Suite G
Alliance, OH 44601
330-823-5335
http://childandadolescent.org/

 

CoDA -CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS
Unity Church of Massillon
4016 Wales Ave NW
Massillon, OH 44646
330-837-3737
Meetings on Tuesdays at 10:00 am
http://unitymassillon.org/regular-activities/

 

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP
Carrol-Stark-Tuscarawas Chapter
Central Presbyterian Church
47 2nd St NE
Massillon, OH 44646
330-833-4709 (Bill)
330-806-9650 (Sarita)
Support for families that have lost a child of any age
Meetings on the 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm
https://www.compassionatefriends.org/chapter/carroll-stark-tuscarawas-chapter/


COMMQUEST FAMILY EDUCATION & SUPPORT GROUP 
1341 Market Ave N.
Canton, OH 44714
330-453-8252
Informal counselor facilitated support and education for families of addicts based on the principles of Al-Anon
Meetings every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
https://commquest.org/who-we-are/support-group/
 

 

COMMQUEST NURSE NAVIGATOR SERVICE
330-605-3887 call or text
This program provides support, education, interventions and service referrals for individuals and families affected by addiction.  The program also involves providing Narcan to the community, as well as participation in the Quick Response Teams to follow-up on overdoses in the community and provide linkage to treatment, support, and education to victims and/or family members.

 

 

CRISIS CENTER OPIATE HOTLINE
330-454-HELP (4357)
This program provides local and statewide service referrals for individuals and families affected by addiction

 

 

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS
Peer support for families by families.  Free on-line support meetings, newsletters and literature are available.
Support group meetings are available in the Cleveland area. The closest meeting location is at Coleman Professional Services in Ravenna (330-760-7670)
https://www.familiesanonymous.org/

 
 

GLENBEIGH SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF ADDICTED ADULTS
Glenbeigh Outpatient Center
4661 Belpar St NW
Canton, OH 44718
330-492-2600
Open discussion format
Meetings the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm
www.glenbeigh.com/canton

 

GRIEFSHARE
Thirteen week revolving seminar and support group. Participants may begin the program ar any point in the cycle.
Fee of $15.00 for materials is required.
Numerous locations in Stark and surrounding counties
https://www.griefshare.org/findagroup

 
HOLLY'S SONG OF HOPE
On-line peer support, discussion and information forum. Free community education program available.
www.hollyssongofhope.org 
www.facebook.com/hollyssongofhope

 

HOPE UNITED
P.O. Box 534
Uniontown, OH 44685
email: info@HopeUnited.Life
Currently offering four education and family support initiatives:

BREAKING BARRIERS
P.O. Box 534
Uniontown,  OH 44685
330-414-5960
Promotes education about the disease of addiction and opiate abuse awareness through public speaking engagements

LOVE BEARS ALL
Laura 330-697-7885
Provides Teddy Bears to children who have lost a parent to addiction and support for children affected by the opiate epidemic

THE WELL GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Faith-based support group for families who have lost a loved one to addiction
Shelly 330-414-5960

Traditional Support Group
Crossview Church
737 George Washington Blvd
Akron, OH 44312
Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm

Counselor-Led Support Group
High Mill Church of the Resurrection
1920 Schnedier St NE
Camton, OH 44721
Meets the 2nd and 4th  Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00 pm
https://www.hopeunited.life/


KEYS TO SERENITY
932 Kenmore Blvd
Akron, OH 
Brenda Ryan 330-730-0864
email: akronsaynotodope@gmail.com
Grief support via Facebook or one-on-one outreach
Financial assistance is available to help offset final wishes
https://www.facebook.com/pg/sheenawouldntwantustocrybutfightinstead/about/?ref=page_internal
https://keystoserenity.org/

 

LIGHT AFTER LOSS
Provides both individual and group support  for survivors of suicide loss. A Yoga for healing program is also available.
Support group meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. registration is required and can be done by email, on the website or through the facebook page.
https://lightafterlossstark.com/welcome/
lightafterlossstark@gmail,com
https://www.facebook.com/lightafterlossstark/

 

NAMI STARK COUNTY (NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS)
330-455-6264
Classes and support groups for people with mental illness or dual diagnosis and their families

 

NAR-ANON
1-800-477-6291
Structured meetings that provide coping tools and support for families of alcoholics & addicts
Literature and publications are also available
www.nar-anon.org


Goodwill Campus
408  9th St SW
Canton, OH 44702
Meetings on Thursdays at 6:00 pm

Manchester United Methodist church
5625 Manchester Rd Akron OH 44319
Meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 pm
(NA meets at the same time and location) 

First United Methodist Church
201 W. High Ave
New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Meetings on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

St.Stephen the Martyr Church
4600 Fulton Dr NW
Canton, OH 44718
Enter thru doors facing Fulton.
Meetings  on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

Minerva Al-Anon/Nar-Anon
First Presbyterian Church
204 Edgewood Dr
Minerva, OH 44657
Meetings on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm

 

OHIO CAN (Change Addiction Now)
Advocacy group for education, harm reduction and the role of family in the recovery process
Peer to peer support for addicts and families via internet and Facebook discussion forums
various events as posted online 
http://www.ohiocanchangeaddictionnow.org/
www.facebook.com/groups/OhioCAN 
twitter.com/OhioChange

 
 

PERSONAL FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES (PFCS)
1433 5th  St NW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
330-343-8171
Free  education and support group for adult family members of those addicted to drugs or alcohol
Meetings on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at  6:00 pm
http://personal-family-counseling.com/
http://2hswaj2qupbi3o201p131fga.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/PFCS-Family-Group-Flyer.pdf

 

 

REFORMERS UNANIMOUS

1-866-733-6768 (24/7 helpline)
Recovery support for addicts and support/ministry for the families of addicts

Temple Baptist Church
1212 Greensburg Rd
Uniontown, OH 44685
234-281-4320
Fridays 7:00 -9:00 pm
http://rurecovery.com/

 

S.A.F.E. SPACE
Stark County District Library
715 Market Ave N
Canton, Ohio 44702
2nd Floor Room 327
330-454-7869
Faith-based 12 step format discussion group for individuals and families struggling with addiction and other life "hurts". Walk-ins are welcome however  inclement weather conditions may affect the meeting location so it is recommended that you call ahead.
Meetings every Wednesday beginning June 19, 2019 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

 

SANDY VALLEY DRUG AWARENESS INITIATIVE (SVDAI)
Magnolia Village Hall
328 N. Main St.
Magnolia, OH 44643
A forum for community discussion and coalition to implement prevention and education initiatives
Meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
https://www.facebook.com/svdai/

 

SEEDS OF HOPE
Mercy Medical Center
1320 Mercy Dr. NW 
Canton, OH 44703
330-489-1143
Grief support for those who have lost a loved one. Reservations are  required
https://www.cantonmercy.org/grief-support

 

 

SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP
Summit Psychological Services
832 McKinley Ave NW
Canton, OH 44702
To attend a first meeting  please call the intake department at 330-493-2554
Meetings the 1st and 3rd Mondays from 5:00-7:00 pm
http://summit-psychological.org/suicide-survivors-support-group/

 

 

LINKS AND TOOLS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILY MEMBERS

https://nacoa.org/about-us/
National Association for Children of Addiction provides excellent  resources, tool kits and training opportunities for families and child care professionals

https://www.addictionguide.com/
Very good comprehensive general information site for families and recovering addicts

http://www.swiftriver.com/addiction-and-infidelity/
Understanding and finding ways to heal after an addicted partner is unfaithful

https://www.drugrehabconnections.com/heroin/
This page in particular has excellent information about the signs of heroin addiction. There is other addiction information available on the site as well

https://www.drugdangers.com/the-growing-dangers-of-prescription-drugs.htm
tips for storing and monitoring prescription medications in the home

https://www.drugdangers.com/drug-addiction/
types of medications which have may have addiction potential

 http://www.drugfree.org/9-steps-to-take-when-your-recovering-teen-comes-home-from-treatment/

 https://www.discoveryplace.info/signs-addiction-and-drug-us

 https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/my-child-is-using-drugs-or-drinking-alcohol-what-should-i-do/

http://www.drugrehab.org/healing-without-drugs-alcohol/
Brief article about the stages of grief and tips for dealing with the loss of a parent at any age

 http://thebereavementacademy.com/unconventional-grief-grieving-someone-alive/

 https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-science-says-to-do-if-your-loved-one-has-an-opioid-addiction/

https://drugfree.org/
Partnership for Drug Free Kids website provides support and guidance information for parents struggling with a child's substance use

 http://opiatetoolkit.starkmhar.org
Tips, facts, resources and advice for teens, parents and teachers

http://starttalking.ohio.gov
Prevention and discussion tips and tool kits for parents, guardians and youth group leaders

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-ascher-md/10-effective-tips-to-help_b_6446012.html
Tips for helping your loved one seek treatment

https://www.shatterproof.org/about
This is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addictions causes in families. Site contains information about addiction, treatment, workplace substance abuse and family support

http://detoxrehabs.org/children-using-drugs/
comprehensive list of social, behavioral, physical and mental signs of drug use and how to identify common types of drug paraphernalia

"PLEASURE UNWOVEN"
This one hour movie from the Institute for Addiction Study is a must-see for it's clear and concise exploration and explanation of addiction as a brain disease presented in plain language by a former physician and recovering addict.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clZQEGHTx6c&t=610s