Addiction does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone.
Addiction is a disease that changes the brain and impacts both the individual and those around them. Family members and friends of those struggling with an addiction sometimes feel isolated and discouraged. Many families are facing these challenges and the resources on this page are meant to provide hope and encouragement.
Addiction to opiates and/or heroin can begin innocently. It might start with teens experimenting with unused prescription pain medications. Addiction can result from prolonged use of prescribed opiate medication after a medical procedure or an injury. It can also result from not closely following your prescriber's instructions. Any of these may lead to prescription opiate addiction, and take you down the unintended path to heroin.
Prescription pain medicines and heroin are both opiates. This means they have similar effects in the body. The human brain has a unique capacity to adjust to the chemicals in opiates which both relieve pain and produce a sense of well-being. These same chemical reactions create both a tolerance for and a dependency on the drug which makes it more difficult to quit. With the right treatment and supports recovery is possible.
I have someone close to me that is using opiates / heroin and I need information and support
Information about local treatment resources, Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT), Specialized Court Dockets, and harm reduction programs may be found in the Treatment section of this website.
Education and Support Resources
Family Matters Education Program
The Family Matters Education Program is designed to educate, support, and promote healing through specific forums designed with the family member in mind, along with integrated skill building and communication exercises.
Meetings are held at Oriana House's St. Hedwig facility, 213 E. Glenwood Ave., Akron Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Community members interested in learning more about addiction are welcome to attend the Wednesday meetings. Your loved one does not have to be in an Oriana House program to attend the Wednesday meetings.
Nar-Anon Family Groups
NarAnon is a 12-step program for families and friends of people with addiction. Following is a list of local meeting dates, times, and locations:
Thursdays 7 p.m.
Manchester United Methodist Church
5625 Manchester Road
Mondays 7:30 p.m.
Medina Community Church
416 S. Broadway (Parking Lot Behind Blue House)
Tuesdays 6:45 p.m. (Newcomers — 6:30 p.m.)
First Congregational Church
86 Heritage Dr.
Loving With Grace
Loving With Grace is a family support group for families struggling with a loved one in addiction. The group is offered by Hope United.
Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Shamp's Bionics Building, 2656 South Arlington Road, Akron 44319.
Call for more information 330-414-5960 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After losing his son to a heroin overdose, Greg McNeil launched Cover2 Resources in March 2016 to spread awareness, educate, and advocate for those affected by the opioid epidemic through an ongoing podcast series. Topics include harm-reduction strategies, how to select a treatment provider, and what families need to know to best support their loved ones struggling with opioid addiction.
Call 877-901-3277 / 330-351-1328
Project D.A.W.N. (Deaths Avoided With Naloxone) is a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an overdose caused by an opioid drug (heroin or prescription pain medications). When administered during an overdose, Naloxone blocks the effects of opioids on the brain and quickly restores breathing. The effects of Naloxone are temporary and emergency medical treatment is still required.
Project D.A.W.N. clinics are funded by the ADM Board and available at two agencies in Summit County:
Summit County Public Health
Clinic hours: Tuesdays (every hour) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation
Clinic hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon
Sessions at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
I have lost someone to opiates/ heroin and need support
The Well Support Group - Breaking Barriers, Hope is Alive hosts a grief support group to cope with the loss of a loved one to addiction.
Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shamp's Bionics Building, 2656 South Arlington Road, Akron 44319.
Contact Sue: 330-472-7282 or email@example.com
Online Resources for Parents and Family Members