The following is an alphabetized, non-exhaustive list of agencies, organizations and other programs where you can find more information about drug abuse, opioids, and where to find help.
Adult and Teen Challenge USA: David Wilkerson founded this faith-based recovery program in the 1960s.
American Addiction Centers: This group offers specialized help for first responders battling substance abuse.
Assessing and Addressing Opioid Use Disorder (OUD): This free interactive training module for health care providers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention includes credit for Continuing Medical Education.
Brigid’s Path: An Ohio facility caring for babies born with opioid-related issues.
Celebrate Recovery: A Christian 12-step program for people struggling with addictions. Pioneered at Southern California’s Saddleback Church in 1991, more than 35,000 churches worldwide now have groups using the program.
Crisisnextdoor.gov: A Web site the White House has created for individuals and families to share their stories.
Family Prosperity Initiative: This group examines data showing what keeps families from prospering, and produces the annual Family Prosperity Index.
Honey Lake Clinic: A fully residential Christian drug rehabilitation facility in Florida.
Hope Not Handcuffs: A program begun by Families Against Narcotics to help Michigan residents on the fringe of the law who are struggling with addiction find help.
Lighthouse Network: A free national hotline you can call to discuss your own or a loved one’s struggle with substance abuse or other mental health issues. A dedicated specialist then works with you to find the best faith-based treatment options for your needs, your insurance and your location. (844) 543-3242
Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries: An organization in the Pelican State that provides group home care to children and places them with foster families.
Mental Health and Addiction Insurance: Find out more about this topic at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
National Health Care for the Homeless Council: A membership organization aimed at eliminating homelessness through health care and housing.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: The next national event will be held on Oct. 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. But the Drug Enforcement Agency offers a list of take-back sites the public can utilize year-round to dispose safely of unused medications.
Operation Prevention: A free toolkit produced by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Discovery Education for individual and scholastic use to educate students of all ages about the dangers of opioids.
Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: A comprehensive list of government and other resources with tips for churches and other faith-based groups to get involved, offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Police-Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative: A nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts established to help police deal with issues stemming from the drug epidemic in their communities.
Prescribed to Death: A three-minute film produced by the National Safety Council, talking to opioid users and those who’ve lost people to it.
The Salvation Army:The century-old group offers no-cost rehabilitation programs and other support for families dealing with all kinds of addictions.
Solutions Recovery: A drug-rehabilitation facility in Las Vegas.
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The agency provides detailed guidelines for doctors on prescribing opioids for chronic pain.
Vault Fostering Community: A four-year-old organization in Texas that wraps around foster families, providing free gear and support groups.
Wait No More: Focus on the Family’s 10-year-old effort to wipe out foster care roles with the help of Christian families recently switched its focus from permanent adoption to foster parenting.
Zero Left: Learn more about how to safely dispose of prescription medications and join the movement.
Originally published in the August 2018 issue of Citizen magazine.