Opioid Education and Family Support Groups (OEFS)
Opioid Education and Family Support Groups are being held throughout the state for adult and young adult (age 16 and older) family members and other loved ones of individuals who are misusing opioids (including heroin) or have an opioid use disorder. Meetings include an educational component, discussion and mutual support.Topics may include basic information about opioid use disorder, overdose prevention, Medication Assisted Treatment, co-occurring mental health disorders, self-help groups for addiction and for co-occurring disorders, family dynamics, and self-care as well as other topics suggested by group members.
Research & Statistics
- CDC Opioid Resources
- Opioids and Adolescents
- The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families
Despite a significant volume of news and research on the tragic toll of opioids, one aspect has gone relatively unnoticed: the impact on children and families.
A United Hospital Fund project is working to change that by shining a light on the epidemic’s long-lasting and destructive “ripple effects” on children and adolescents whose parents are addicted and on kinship caregivers who often end up caring for these young people.
Contact information for Opioid Education and Family Support Groups near you:
- Clifford Beers Clinic, New Haven
- Central Access line 203-772-1270 or email@example.com
- Community Renewal Team, Hartford (Spanish-Speaking Group)
- Janet Rodriguez 860-761-7920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- McCall Foundation, Torrington
- Leann Mitchell 860-469-2139 or Leann.Mitchell@mccallcenter.org
- NAMI Connecticut, Waterbury
- Paul Brainerd 860-882-8674 or email@example.com
- Sound Community Services, New London
- Nicole Hayes 860-271-4712 or Nicole.Hayes@soundct.org
- Wheeler Clinic, Bristol and Plainville
- Aisha Hamid 860-793-9791 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This initiative is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 21st Century Cures Act (2017 State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant) through the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.