The Hampden County Sheriff's Department recognizes that there are multiple pathways to recovery and that each person needs to find the path that is effective for them. The list below, while not exhaustive, offers some of the choices and resources available to people seeking recovery for themselves or their loved ones.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. https://www.westernmassaa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous is a global, community-based organization with a multilingual and multicultural membership. NA was founded in 1953, and members hold nearly 67,000 meetings weekly in 139 countries today. https://www.nerna.org/
SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. https://www.smartrecovery.org/
Allies in Recovery is an online-learning platform for families whose loved one struggles with drugs or alcohol. They provide community, personalized guidance, and a scientifically-proven program to give you the skill-set you’ll need to help your loved one. http://alliesinrecovery.net/
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. 26 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 21,000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers.
Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced.
Al-Anon Family Groups is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles, families and friends of alcoholics can bring positive changes to their individual situations, whether or not the alcoholic admits the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help. http://al-anon.org/
Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to you. They have traveled that unhappy road too, and found the answer with serenity and peace of mind. This program, which is not a religious one but a spiritual way of life, is based on the Twelve Steps of Nar-Anon. http://www.nar-anon.org/
Learn to Cope is a non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs. Founded by Joanne Peterson in 2004, the organization has grown to include over 10,000 members, and has become a nationally recognized model for peer support and prevention programming. Call (508) 738-5148 to speak to one of the staff. https://www.learn2cope.org/
Parents Support Group of Western Mass: Weekly meetings in Holyoke call 413-246-0677. Parents and caregivers of teens and adult children suffering from disease of addiction supporting each other. https://www.facebook.com/pg/parentsofaddictssupport/about/?ref=page_internal