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NEW: Saint Vincent College Psychology professor Dr. Jessica Black is hosting a new podcast on 

5 Must-Ask Questions When Your Doctor Prescribes Painkillers It may not feel natural to

question your caregiver, but healthy skepticism is in order when opioids are recommended.

 Read the article here.


Alcohol Addiction Center: If you or a family member are concerned about misuse or alcohol addiction,  find

a variety of reputable resources here.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meets holds meetings throughout the County. 2019 Schedule here.

AARP articles: When Your Grandchild's Parent is Addicted and  When Your Grandchild's Parent Is in Prison

Lessons From the National Rx Abuse and Heroin Summit – and 6 Actions Families Can Take View it here.


Back to school is around the corner. Find information and resources for parents of college students here.

BALM ("Be a Loving Mirror") Recovery Support is a year-long program that aims to "allows family members to get their lives back AND encourage their loved ones to get THEIR lives back, too." Learn more here.


CDC pain management guidelines for patients and prescribers. 

Clermont County, Ohio, Substance Abuse Guide.  Included: Twelve Ways to Help a Loved One with Addiction, How do you prevent addiction in children?, 20 Questions to ask before selecting or entering an addiction treatment center. mor


Those in recovery who have physical impairment related or unrelated to their addiction may can benefit from home or environmental modifications. See the   Comprehensive Guide to Home Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Recovery


EPIS Center's  video series  presents background information about the substance use epidemic and outlines strategies for effective prevention. Teachers, human service professionals, and parents can access training via two web-based platforms, at no cost. 


Highlands Hospital in Uniontown hosts one of the state's  Centers of Excellence. They serve Westmoreland County residents as well.

Learn about their  services here. 

GRAND RESOURCE: Help for GrandfamiliesImpacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use

How Parents Can Prevent Drug Abuse from the National Crime Prevention Council. 


IRETA offers downloadable "Simple Tools to Learn about Substance Use"


KinConnector can be reached by calling 1-866-KIN-2111 (1-866-546-2111). The KinConnector helpline is staffed by knowledgeable, empathetic social service professionals prepared to help kinship care families understand and access resources that may be able to help them.


Medications for Opioid Addiction--a plain language guide from

NIDA/IRETA Assessment and Treatment of Adolescent Marijuana Abuse and Dependence    

 Self-paced, one hour, online course. Learn: 

  • Why do some adolescents use marijuana when others don’t?

  • How can we speak to young people about substance use and connect them with appropriate care?

  • How  to identify the relationship between adolescents and sensation seeking/impulsivity. 

NCADD's Multiple Pathways of Recovery: A Guide for Individuals & Families provides a comprehensive list of types of treatment and recovery support, information on medically assisted treatment, and more. Download it here.


New Leaf Community Center in Bolivar offers a weekly schedule of family recovery, peer recovery, NA, and NarAnon meetings.


NIH's Principles of Substance Abuse Prevention for Early Childhood:

A Research Based Guide.

Operation Prevention, in partnership with the DEA and Discovery Education, hosted its annual Video Challenge competition. The very short films are originial, fresh conversation starters from young voices.  Find them here

OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Its Impact on Investment Advisers, Their Clients, and Firms--Guide for families.

Opt out of opioid painkillers in the event of a medical emergency or injury. Download the form to share with your family and healthcare provider here.  

PA has new downloadable resources on safe disposal of medications, overdose prevention,

and how to seek effective treatment. Positive Parenting from

SAMHSA reports on substance use trends in older adults: "A Day in the Life of Older Adults: Subtance Use" report here. 

SAMHSA's Opioid Toolkit has information for families.

SAMHSA's treatment finder for those with both substance use and mental health needs.


"Understanding the difference between physical dependence and addiction" Read the article.

Support Groups:

Lost Dreams Awakening Family Support Group, Thursdays @ 6:00 PM, 408 8th St., Suite #5, New Kensington, PA 15068



Are you the grandparent of a child whose parent is addicted? NarAnon Family Groups take a 12-step approach to deal with the consequences of someone in your family being addicted. The program "is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life." Local meetings are listed below, or find a meeting here. 










          Family Overdose Support Group, 2nd Tuesdays, Monessen, 6-7 pm. See flyer for more info here.

          On-Line Forum: locate other meetings and information:

If there are no meetings near you and you would like to help start a meeting, you can call or write:


Fresh Hope Support Group at Faith Forward, Mondays at 7:00 p.m. For individuals dealing with Addiction, Abuse, Brokenness, or Mental Health. 338 Main St
Latrobe. Call (724) 539-7900 for more info. 


Grandparents As Parents Free Education and Support Group, Mondays at 7 pm beginning July 10th.  Sponored by Lost Dreams Awakening. 408 8th St, Rear Suite, New Kensington, 15068. See the flyer

Loving and Losing  The War on Addiction, Grief Support Group, last Wednesday of every month, Greensburg, 7-8 p.m. See flyer for more info here.

Family Overdose Support Group, 2nd Tuesdays, Monessen, 6-7 pm. See flyer for more info here.













Wednesdays:  HOPE, HEALING group, Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 108 Woodland Rd. Route 30, across from Our Lady of Grace in Grensburg, Lois,

724-493-8928, 7:30 pm

Thursdays, LOGAN'S FERRY LIGHT AND HOPE group, Logan's Ferry Presbyterian Church, 750 Church St., New Kensington, Helen  724-337-3570 or Larry & Sue 724-727-2203,  7:30 pm


Saturdays "LET IT BEGIN WITH ME" group, Monessen Public Library, 346 Donner Ave., Monessen  Chrissy 724-518-3326  Noon