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 updated  September 2020 but may not reflect cancellations and modifications due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please confirm meetings times and locations before attending as schedules may be subject to change. During the pandemic some agencies may be offering virtual on-line meeting in place of or in addition to their regularly scheduled in-person meetings.



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/

 

   COLEMAN CRISIS 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 
Meeting information line  1-800-344-2666
Structured meetings that provide coping tools and support for families of addicts
www.ohioal-anon.org
http://afg-akron.org/

 
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
322 3rd St SE
Massillon, OH 44646
Sundays at 8:00 pm
Wednesdays 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

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


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.
Meeting information line  1-800-344-2666
On-line chat meetings are also available
http://www.ohioal-anon.org/alateen_about.html

Stark South Alateen
Education Center
811 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706
Mondays at 7:00 pm

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 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

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

 



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. Call for meeting schedule information

 

CELEBRATE RECOVERY
Christ-centered, 12- step program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain, personal addiction problem or a family member’s addiction
http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

New Life Tabernacle 
3542 12th St NW
Massillon, OH 44646
330-353-3258
Meetings on Mondays at  7:00 PM

 

Chapel of Marlboro
8700 Edison Street NE
Louisville, Ohio 44641
(330)935-0132
Meetings on Mondays at 6:30 pm

DFC Malvern
401 W. Main St.
Malvern, OH  44664
Meetings on  Mondays at 6:30 pm
330-537-2581

Dueber United Methodist Church
645 Dueber Ave SW
Canton, Ohio 44706
330-456-8357
Meetings on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm

Church of the Lakes United Methodist Church
5944 Fulton Dr NW
Canton, OH  44718
330-494-6689
Meetings on  Tuesdays at  6:30 pm

First Baptist Church
20 6th Street SE
Massillon, OH 44646
330-832-1234
Meetings on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

 

Great Trail Church of God
16561 Liberty Church
Minerva, OH 44657
330-868-6117
Meetings on  Tuesdays at 6:30 pm

 

First Friends Church
5455 Market Ave N.  
Canton, OH 44714
330-966-2800
Meetings on Thursdays at 6:30 pm

 

RiverTree - Jackson Campus
7373 Portage St. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
330-494-1860
Meetings on  Fridays at  7:00 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
Meetings every Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the second floor in the Billows Conference Room
https://www.commquest.org/family-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
1-800-736-9805
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.
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

 

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

LOVING WITH GRACE
Compassion Church
1920 Schneider St NE
Canton, OH 44721
Shelly 330-414-5960
A support group for families with a loved one in active addiction or recovery
Meetings on the 2nd & 4th Thursday  from 6:30 - 8:00 pm 

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
Compassion Church
1920 Schneider St NE
Canton, OH 44721
Meets the opposite weeks from the traditional group. This is usually (but not always)  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
Support, resources and information for families who have lost a loved one to overdose, including navigating the judicial system, custody and children's services issues and memorial arrangements
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.
Adult open support group meets the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
Virtual Support Group meets on the 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm
registration is required and can be done by email, on the website or through the facebook page.
https://lightafterlossstark.org/
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

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) 

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
http://www.ohiocanchangeaddictionnow.org/
www.facebook.com/groups/OhioCAN 

 
 

   OHIO GUIDESTONE
   Non-profit agency that provides counseling services for children as well as outpatient  alcohol and drug rehab services, and recovery management  programs for children and adults

   401 W. Tuscarawas St
   Suite 501
   Canton, OH 44702
   440-260-6466

   3094 W. Market Street
   Suite 105
   Fairlawn, Ohio 44333
   Phone 440-260-2916

1433 5th  St NW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
330-343-8171
https://ohioguidestone.org/

 

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/

 

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

 

STARK COUNTY TASC
624 Market Ave N.
Canton, OH 44702
330-479-1912
Provides intensive home-based therapy for youth and families as well as counseling and case management services for youth with mental health and behavioral concerns related to substance use. Services are available to the public without a referral.
http://www.starktasc.org/

 

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/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.drugreport.com/drug-addiction-mental-health/
    Comprehensive information and links to articles about mental health and substance abuse issues in teens including articles and tips for teenagers


https://opustreatment.com/helping-a-loved-one-with-their-addiction/
Tips for supporting recovery, starting the treatment conversation with a loved one and recognizing enabling behaviors


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


 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/
Excellent "Addiction 101" page containing information about all aspects of the disease of addiction including prevention, treatment, recovery and harm reduction. This is a good starting point  for family members new to addiction and seeking information for the first time.