Family and Friends Resources


Partnership For Drug-Free Kids -  Parents can visit the website or call the toll-free national Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE for confidential help when children are using drugs or alcohol to be assisted in taking effective action to support their loved ones. Open Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm ET. English and Spanish.


Al-Anon and Alateen -  Find the meeting schedule link for Redding and Shasta County can be found here or call (530) 376-0159.


Addiction.The Next Step - This website is for family and friends of a loved one who is struggling with a substance use disorder. They have a free online Crisis Toolkit that is an interactive guide with tools, videos, and tips to help 24/7.


Center for Motivation & Change (CMC) -  The CMC's Online and In-Print resource page offers way to "help people gain access to high quality resources", including  a FREE online resource that they made for parents and for partners about how they can help change their children’s substance use called the 20 Minute Guide.


Family Resource Center -  This website helps families understand and learn how to address their children's substance use by providing information, videos, and resources about prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, helplines, and support groups. - Parents with questions about preventing teen use of alcohol and drugs can visit this helpful website that offers information, videos, and links to articles.


Kick It California - Call 1-800-300-8086 or visit their Quit Smoking page or their Quit Vaping page on their website for a free, helpful guide to quitting smoking. Find information here to support a friend or family member who would like to quit smoking.


Smart Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Help for Family and Friends - Free national online support meetings for the SMART Recovery online community specifically for Family and Friends, see times and information here.


SMART Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Teen & Youth Program - SMART Recovery is a free self-help program that offers an online place where teens can get together to look into and change behaviors that hurts themselves and others like smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Teens can access online meetings, forums, 24/7 chat, and recovery journals.


NAMI Shasta County - NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Call for location and meeting times. Support group is for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. Information: Phone (530) 691-4450 or Fax (530) 605-1648


Suicide Prevention Shasta County - When we suspect that someone we know may try to take their life, the fear can be paralyzing. By being able to recognize the signs and knowing how to talk to someone about suicide, you can confidently guide someone in crisis to the resources they need to get better. If you are interested in attending or scheduling a free, 90 minute suicide prevention training, please visit our TRAINING page, or call (530) 229-8426.


Hill Country C.A.R.E. Center – The CARE Center provides rapid access to professional help for people who are overwhelmed by emotional distress, traumatic events or severe life stressors. Additional activities will include peer support, education groups, pre-crisis and emergent crisis access to mental health professionals, case management, and more. Also, the center is designed to help foster youth and their caregivers by providing supportive services and training. (C.A.R.E. stands for Counseling and Recovery Engagement.)  They can help when a person is experiencing distress or is having difficulty functioning due to:

  • Any mental illness
  • Acute anxiety/panic
  • Abuse/neglect
  • Crime-related trauma
  • Disability
  • Disasters
  • Family Violence
  • Harassment/bullying
  • Loss of job or income
  • Loss of home
  • Miscarriage/stillbirth/etc.
  • PTSD
  • School violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sudden loss of a loved one
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Workplace violence
  • Other distressing or traumatic situations

It is located at 1401 Gold Street, Redding CA. Phone:  (530) 691-4446   Urgent Outpatient Mental Health Services 365 Days a Year.  Hours:  Mon through Fri 12pm-9pm and Weekends/Holidays 11am-9pm


Stand Against Stigma  -  This project is helping change minds about mental illness. People from Shasta County share their personal stories and experiences through videos and portrait galleries to give us insight into their struggles and how they have learned to cope.


Safe Medicine Disposal Program - now available in Shasta County. Learn more about what you can do.


Articles, Books, and Videos of Interest:

  • Addiction Risk Factors
  • How Can Friends and Family Help?
  • Fun Sober Activities
  • Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers and Brenda L. Wolfe explains how to use the CRAFT approach and can be found at many retailers.
  • Beyond Addiction:  How Science and Kindness Help People Change by Drs  Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens and Nicole Kosanke - uses a science-based approach of the CRAFT model to guide families to assist their loved ones to overcome addiction problems.
  • SMART Family & Friends Handbook - A guide for "people affected by the addictive behavior of a loved one". This handbook can be purchased on the SMART Recovery website online shop.

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