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Drugfree.org is an amazing resource for parents and teens (really for anyone looking for accurate, helpful info.); with tons of information and guidance:
- The Parent help line: 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
- A step by step How to get help guide including where to start, treatment options, etc.
- And a Marijuana talk kit to guide parents in talking to teens about marijuana, which many teens perceive very little risk in using
The Search Institute’s Parent Further is a great resource for parents to help increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for their children
RX abuse: The Medicine Abuse Project Prescription and over the counter drug misuse, abuse, information, and resources.
Drugfree.org and the Center for Motivation and Change collaborated on the 20 Minute Parent Guide; an online (or you can buy a print version) practical survival guide for any parent who is looking for guidance about how to help their child who is using substances (or engaging in other risky behaviors)
Is it a crisis? It is if you feel like it is…
A crisis is someone’s personal reaction to an event or experience in their life they find hard to cope with. Any life event can take on crisis proportions if it is experienced as sudden, intense, unexpected, or emotionally super-charged.
Are you in need of treatment for opioid dependence? Call the State of CT’s new 24 hour hotline to get connected to a walk in assessment center: 1-800-563-4086
Kids in Crisis also has a Teen Talk counselor at RHS during the school year:
Ridgefield High School
Regional Adult Mental health crisis Hotline: 1-888-447-3339
Danbury Hospital Crisis Line (203) 739-7007
TurningpointCT.org was developed by young people in Connecticut who are in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. Need Help Now? 1-800-273-8255 or text TXT “CTL” TO 741741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line TEXT “START” TO 741-741
National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)
Samaritans 24-Hour National Crisis Hotline: (212)-673-3000
Drugfree.org has a great parent help line for support and information. It is not a crisis line and it is not 24 hours, but dealing with a loved one’s addiction is often a chronic crisis. 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
NIDA is a great resource for facts about specific drugs:
Monitoring the Future, University of Michigan, does a very well respected yearly survey of youth behaviors and attitudes. Find statistics and trends.
REMINDER: There is a permanent Prescription drug collection box in the Ridgefield Police Department’s lobby. Drop off your unused/leftover prescription drugs so that no one else has access to them. Easy drop off, no questions asked!
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has a Parent Helpline 1-855-378-4373
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI CT) offers support, education, and advocacy to people living with mental illnesses, their family members, friends, professionals and the public. Toll Free Helpline (800) 215-3021 NAMI has a family support group in Ridgefield second Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00 @ Jesse Lee Memorial Church CONTACT and registration for this Ridgefield group: Marc- (203) 940-2516 firstname.lastname@example.org
- The CARES group Hope & Support parent support group meets weekly, Mondays, 7-9 PM, 103 Mill Plain Rd. Danbury (They also have groups in several area towns.) All groups are walk in, no registration required. Group is for any parent, caregiver, or loved one of those affected by substance abuse or addiction. For information, contact the CARES group: email@example.com (203) 948-1254
- New Canaan Parent Support Group meets every Thursday @ 7-8:30 PM, St. Marks Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge, New Canaan. Information: Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newtown Parent Connection has a Hope and Support group that meets weekly on Thursdays 7-9 PM @ Edmond Town Hall. Hope and Support Group
- Al-anon CT offers support groups and information for parents and family members Find an Al-Anon meeting 1-888-825-2666 or contact email@example.com for a printed schedule
- MCCA has a How to Cope program for families. This is a more structured 6 week program for parents (203) 456-0528
Resources for Parents who have lost a child to a drug or alcohol related death:
- Newtown Parent Connection: monthly bereavement support group meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m @ Edmond Town Hall, Parent Connection office. 45 Main Street, Newtown, CT The entrance is on side of building facing Newtown Savings Bank. Facilitated by a licensed counselor. For further information, please call 203 270-1600 or 203 994-5394.
- The Healing Hearts Center for Grieving Children & Families 30 Milestone Road Danbury, CT 06810 Phone: 203.702.7400
- GRASP support groups (Grief Recovery after a substance passing) Specifically for parents who have lost a child through drug or alcohol related causes.GRASP Valley Chapter Judy 203-231-6705 OR Lori 203-305-9808 Meetings are the last Thursday of the month from 6:30pm-8pm;Beacon Falls Congregational Church, 69 Wolfe Avenue Beacon Falls, CT 06403 (Please call or email for Schedule)
- NIDA for teens: Information and resources for teens
- Above the Influence: Information and support for teens and young adults
- Turningpoint CT: A Great website created by young people in recovery from mental health and substance use issues. Find peer support.
- Family & Children’s Aid A Better Choice Adolescent Outpatient Substance Abuse Program: Assessment and Treatment Options. (203) 748-5689
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Ala-Non family group information: (just a note: 12 step programs can be an important part of recovery and sustaining recovery. They do not substitute for treatment.)
- Here is a nice easy guide to local AA and Ala-Non groups from WCSU Choices.
- AA-CT has information about AA and, and a meeting finder.
- Ala-Non CT: Learn about Ala-Non/Alateen; find meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous NA CT Get information and Find an NA meeting
Local AA meetings specifically for teens and young adults:
Saturday 11-12am – 24th Hour Meeting – 17 Cottage Street, Danbury
Sunday 8:30-9:30pm – Do It Sober: Young People’s Meeting – 17 Cottage Street, Danbury
- Ridgefield Young People’s AA meeting: Mondays 7-8:30 PM @ the offices of Insight Counseling, 103 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT. Open, speaker discussion meeting. For info: 203-431-9726
- S.M.A.R.T Recovery Teen and Youth Support Program: From their website: SMART recovery is not-for-profit self-help mutual support group for people dealing with any sort of addictive behavior. There do not seem to be support groups in this area, but they do have online support programs and information.
This list has been compiled by the Ridgefield Prevention Council. We do not endorse or recommend any particular program, knowing that each family has its own unique needs and perspectives on what will provide the best fit and outcome.
- Are you in need of treatment for opioid dependence? Call the State of CT’s new 24 hour hotline to get connected to a walk in assessment center: 1-800-563-4086
- Need guidance re: insurance coverage: The Connecticut Insurance Department consumer tookit for navigating behavioral health and substance abuse care can help you make good choices about getting the right care, and help you understand the process, and connect with help if you need it.
- HVCASA (Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse Regional Substance Abuse Treatment Guide
- CT DMHAS List of Opioid addiction treatment centers in CT-
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information. Call 1-800-662-HELP(4357) or visit the online treatment locator
- Ridgefield Youth Services: Low cost counseling for youth and families: Lisa Kuller, Coordinator, (203) 438-6488
- MCCA: evaluation, detox, Outpatient services, residential treatment, transitional housing, program for families. Walk-in day in Danbury on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 3pm. 877-874-6222
- Silver Spring Counseling Ridgefield CT. (203) 742-1964
- Private, evidence-based, individual substance abuse and mental health treatment for adults and adolescents.
- Video (online) Counseling
- Partnership for Drug Free Kids Parent helpline can offer support and guidance in planning a course of action 1-855-378-4373
- The Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) is a centralized recovery resource in CT. Anyone from CT is welcome at their recovery centers, and they do have a telephone peer support recovery (877) 676-CCAR
- Insight Counseling group Ridgefield CT. (203) 431-9726
- Private counseling group offering individual and group counseling, substance abuse assessment, IOP program, support groups.
- Programs & Support Groups
- ASSIST: The Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening & Treatment Program
- Positively Teen – Skills Group
- The Recovery Support Program
- The Young Adult Program
- Women’s Recovery Group
- Family & Childrens Aid, A Better Choice Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Danbury CT. Call to schedule an appointment for intake and substance abuse assessment. (203) 748-5689 ment, transitional housing, program for families. Walk-in day in Danbury on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 3pm. http://mccaonline.com/
- Connecticut Counseling Center Danbury (203) 743-4968 outpatient treatment, medication assisted treatment, Bridge to Recovery mentor program.
- Silver Hill Hospital Substance abuse and behavioral health treatment for adolescents and adults (866)-542-4455
- Newport Academy Residential and outpatient treatment for teens. (866)-382-6651
- Mountainside Wilton, CT: offers three levels of care—Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Outpatient Treatment and Individual Therapy. (800) 762-5433
- Caron Treatment Centers Adolescent and adult comprehensive substance abuse and behavioral health treatment 800-854-6023
Guidance and information regarding seeking appropriate, safe, effective treatment:
- AA: Alcoholics Anonymous CT District 9 Find an AA meeting (866) 783-7712
- Narcotics Anonymous NA Find an NA meetinge
- Al-Anon – CT support for family members Find an Al-Anon meeting 1-888-825-266
- 12 Step Alternatives:
- SMART recovery New Haven CT An addiction recovery support group with online support groups and online forum. They also have in person meetings, but the closest one to Ridgefield is in New Haven.
**YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR OR PEDIATRICIAN CAN ALSO ASSIST YOU WITH A REFERRAL**
Between 2009 –2014, there were over 2,000 accidental and unintentional opioid involved deaths that occurred in 150 of Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns .Naloxone, or Narcan, is the life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose. It is a short acting medication which revives a persons within a minute or two and allows a window of opportunity to access medical help. Naloxone has no street value, little to no side effects.
- In Ridgefield, naloxone is available without a doctor’s prescription at Bissell’s Pharmacy, 23 Governor St.
- As of now, AIDS Project of Greater Danbury can distribute free Narcan kits with brief training. Contact them (203) 778-2437, 30 West St, Danbury, CT 06810. This is based on availability.
- CT DMHAS has a list of Pharmacies prescribing Narcan/naloxone (Do not need a Doctor’s prescription) There is a cost; Check with your insurance re: coverage
- For more information about Naloxone in CT, please contact:
- Shawn M. Lang, Deputy Director of Programs and Policy, AIDS CT
- 860.247.2437 X319
- AIDS CT Narcan/naloxone fact sheet
- Current CT Laws related to Narcan:
- The 2011 “good Samaritan law” law protects people who call 911 seeking emergency medical services for an overdose from arrest for possession of drugs/paraphernalia.
- The 2012 narcan law allows prescribers (physicians, surgeons, Physicians’ Assistants, APRNs, dentists, and podiatrists) to prescribe, dispense or administer narcan to any person to prevent or treat a drug overdose and the prescriber is protected from civil liability and criminal prosecution.
- In 2014, protection from civil liability and criminal prosecution was extended to the person administering the narcan in response to an overdose.
- The 2015 legislation has several parts including:
- Allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense naloxone (narcan) if they receive special training and certification to do so (in effect now)
- Requires physicians, PAs (Physician Assistants), APRNs (Advanced Practice Registered Nurses), and dentists to take continuing education in prescribing controlled substances and pain management (effective October 1, 2015)
- Requires prescribers, before prescribing more than a 72 hour supply of a controlled substance, to check the patient’s record in the electronic CT Prescription Monitoring and Reporting System (CPMRS) (effective October 1, 2015)
- Requires prescribers, when prescribing controlled substances for prolonged treatment, to review the patient’s record in the CPMRS at least every 90 days (effective October 1, 2015).
Additional Helpful Resources:
- Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse: A regional prevention organization covering 22 towns in CT, including Ridgefield
- Midwestern Connecticut Council of Alcoholism: MCCA is a regional treatment provider; they have some great information on their website; including a good newsletter.
- The Pelham PACT home site