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.
Hope Recovery meetings - Open to anyone, including families of people with substance use problems, wanting support and encouragement. You do not have to be a member of the Bethel Church or a client at the Transformation Center to attend. The Hope Recovery meetings are held every Thursday at 6:30-8:30pm at 916 Twin View Blvd, Redding CA, 96003.
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.
Facing Addiction: LISTEN - This incredibly helpful website is "a comprehensive resource hub for anyone in search of support or guidance in the addiction conversation, fostering hope and building connections through one searchable resource." The Stories page has personal accounts and insight from people who have experienced substance use disorders or have had a loved one that they have supported through recovery. The importance of listening and how to listen most effectively is illustrated with detailed information, guides, examples, and links to resources.
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.
ThinkAgainShasta.com - Parents with questions about preventing teen use of alcohol and drugs can visit this helpful website that offers information, videos, and links to articles.
Smart Recovery (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Help for Family and Friends - To participate in the Family & Friends free online support meetings, registration is required for the SMART Recovery online community: www.smartrecovery.org/community.
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.
Welltopia, the Place of Wellness - This website is for all Californians, especially mothers of school-aged children living on low incomes.
Facing Addiction Over Dinner - This website provides a plan "for a compassionate conversation about alcohol, drugs, and health" over dinner. They walk you through the steps of planning your conversation with guests of your choice by providing topics of discussion that you choose based on appropriateness for your guests, whether they are children, friends, or family. You then receive an email with the outline and an invitation to email to your guests. The step-by-step guide is simple to use and provides a variety of interesting topics and resource information. Definitely worth taking a look.
NAMI Shasta County - NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Family Support Group: 6:30 to 8 p.m. third Wednesday of the month in Redding. Call for location. Support group is for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. Information: (530) 605-1647
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 contact Amy Sturgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (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
- Crime-related trauma
- Family Violence
- Loss of job or income
- Loss of home
- 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 2pm-11pm and Weekends/Holidays 11am-11pm
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, click HERE for more information.
Be a part of the solution: Monitor. Secure. Dispose. - Learn more about what you can do in your own home by these recommended actions.
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.