Opioid use disorder (OUD) involves the whole family. Support options for opioid users and their family members provide timely help under difficult circumstances. Overcoming OUD is a team effort, and below are some resources that can be of assistance.
Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) is a free support group for parents of loved ones dealing with substance use disorder. Weekly meetings are open to everyone, regardless of faith or background, to provide hope through the use of evidence-based practices designed specifically for parents by professionals in the treatment and recovery industry, as well as peer-to-peer support. Locate a meeting near you in Louisiana and learn more about the organization at palgroup.org
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. NA has chapters across Louisiana. Meetings for people in recovery are held regularly to provide support to each other. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. Find a Narcotics Anonymous meeting near you, locate a nearby Louisiana chapter or visit Louisiana's NA page.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation and to improve the lives of individuals living with mental and substance use disorders, and their families. Nationwide resources and services can be found by visiting samhsa.gov.
Several grief and support groups across Louisiana are for people and families who are dealing with the loss or death of a loved one due to opioid use. These groups provide a safe place and a judgment-free zone to learn how to grieve, as well as connect with others who have gone through the same pain.