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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.

Summit County Opiate & Addictions Task Force - Family Support 

Books, videos, articles, support groups, meetings and other resources which have been hand-selected by the Family Support subcommittee of the SCOATF, to help others who are struggling with a loved ones addiction.  Or who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one to overdose.

Education and Support Resources

Family Matters Education Program

Call 330-996-2222

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

Call 800-477-6291

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.


Cover2 Resources

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.

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.

Effective November 8, 2018, Fairway clinic will be held on THURSDAYS from 4-6pm.  Please use door #10 in the back of the building at 1867 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.

Summit County Public Health
Fairway Center
1867 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313
Door #10 - Rear of building
Every Thursday from 3:00pm-6:00pm

1400 S. Arlington Street #28, Akron, OH 44306
Every Wednesday from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Akron Say No to Dope
922 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron, OH 44314
Every Monday from 9:00am-12:00pm

I have lost someone to opiates/ heroin and need support

The Well Support Group - Hope United hosts a grief support group to cope with the loss of a loved one to addiction.  Meetings are held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday 6:30 - 8pm at Crossview Church (737 George Washington Blvd., Akron Ohio 44312)
Contact Shelly at 330-414-5960 or Shelly@HopeUnited.Life

Online Resources for Parents and Family Members