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Additional Resources

Free evidence-based resources for families in Massachusetts:

Center for Motivation and Change

  • A Guide for Families, Beyond Addiction, How Science & Kindness Help People Change (paperback, CD or audio book)

Help Resources for Parent/Caregivers, Their Families and Community Organizations

Prepared by Paul Kusiak, Advocate for Families, Community Engagement Consultant 9/1/18
M: (617) 462-2211 /
▪ Evidence-based resources are available that are alternatives to ‘tough love.’
▪ If our loved one had any other illness we wouldn’t be told: ‘detach… we can’t help them… throw them out’
▪ Good news: Stay engaged, you can help! Your loved one doesn’t have to ‘hit bottom.’
▪ There are many paths to getting well and helping families heal. – I hope this is helpful.

Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center in collaboration with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:
▪ Free services and resources to Massachusetts families.
▪ Help-Line Specialist (844) 319-5999 and Parent Coaching:
▪ TEXT HOPEMA to 55753 Text a Parent Specialist
▪ Social Media Toolkit: For communities.

▪ Links under Grayken link to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids’ resources and other resources.

A Guide for Families, Beyond Addiction, How Science and Kindness Help People Change (Book)
The Parent 20-Minute Guide or The Partner 20-Minute Guide (Workbooks)
▪ The above books and guides draw on forty collective years of research and decades of clinical experience to
show parent/caregivers, family and friends how they can use kindness, positive reinforcement, and
motivational and behavioral strategies to help someone realize that they want to change. Beyond
Addiction defines a new, empowered role for friends and family and a paradigm shift for the field. Consider
practicing what really works in therapy and in everyday life and discover different treatment options and
tips for navigating the system. Learn skills to improve self-care, enhance the benefits of attending support
groups and counseling, and encourage loved ones to seek help. Learn from these evidence-based books
using Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT):

Allies in Recovery (AiR):
▪ Free CRAFT online learning platform for families whose loved one struggles with drugs or alcohol.
SMART Recovery Family & Friends Group:
▪ An alternative to or can complement Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, Families Anonymous, Learn to Cope.
▪ SMART aligns closest with what you’ll learn in Beyond Addiction and Parent 20-Minute Guide.
▪ Weekly at McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA 4:30pm to 6pm top of hill on right.
SMART Recovery:

▪ An alternative to or can complement Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
▪ NAMI MA and NAMI local chapters offer support groups and resources.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR):
▪ A program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn to treat patients struggling with life’s difficulties and physical
and/or mental illness. His is just one of many mindfulness courses that may help someone who struggles
with substance use disorders and their family members.
Insight Timer App for Meditation:
▪ Meditation can help calm the mind, reduce anxiety, manage stress, and improve sleep and happiness.
Guided meditations, talks, music and courses led by mindfulness experts, neuroscientists and psychologists.
CATALYST Clinic at Boston Medical Center (BMC):
▪ Program designed to treat young people aged 25 and under who are struggling with substance use, or who
have experimented with drugs and alcohol and may be at risk for developing an addiction.
Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) at Mass General Hospital:

▪ A program that specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26 and
their parents as they deal with their substance use and related problems.
▪ (617) 643-4699 /

Documentary Film: The Anonymous People:

▪ Can help remove stigma. May help people understand that they are not alone and may encourage some to
seek treatment and can give hope that individuals can get well, and families can heal.
National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP):
▪ NATSAP members include therapeutic schools, residential treatment programs, wilderness programs,
outdoor therapeutic programs, young adult programs and home-based residential programs working with
troubled teens and troubled adolescents.
Schools: Association of Recovery Schools (ARS):
▪ Recovery schools can be wonderful alternative schools for some young people.
Schools: Massachusetts Recovery Schools:
▪ Investigating schools thoroughly may help you avoid making hasty decisions based solely on a school’s
proximity to your home or school district or an upbeat story you read or saw on TV. The true quality and
success rates can vary widely.
College: Augsburg College and the StepUp Program:
▪ Striving to help students champion lives of recovery, achieve academic success, and thrive in a community
of accountability and support.

Naloxone (Narcan) Kits & Training:
▪ Can reverse an overdose and save the life of a loved one, friend or stranger. Available at drug stores. Covered by some insurance.

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