Families suffering from behavioral health crises, chronic mental illness and substance use disorders can benefit from peer family support and education. The NJ Self Help Clearinghouse can connect you with opportunities for family members to join self-help groups, receive education and training about these disorders as well as gain the support and experience from those with the same life experience.
For additional information contact Carolyn Davis at 609-652-3800 ext. 304 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Anon is a “worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the alcoholic recognizes the existence of a drinking problem or seeks help.” Through this fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics, experiences of strength and hope are provided in order to assist in solving challenging circumstances. This service is to specifically help families of alcoholics, guiding families through Twelve Steps.
Intensive Family Support
The Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) Program, funded by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is available in all counties. This program provides a range of supportive activities designed to improve the quality of life for families with a mentally ill relative.
NAMI – NJ
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
NJ Connect for Recovery
NJ Connect for Recovery is a free, confidential call line focused on helping family members and friends coping with a loved one’s substance use disorder. A service of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey, NJ Connect for Recovery provides a safe, nonjudgmental place for individuals and family members to get counseling,and assistance from professional staff members on substance use issues.
NJ Narcotics Anonymous
NJ Narcotics Anonymous allows for peer-to-peer support and interaction between those that are in recovery. This link provides the ability to search for Narcotics Anonymous meetings coming up near you.
Parent-To-Parent Coalition, in the spirit of unity, offers strength and hope in support for families and their children suffering the ravaging effects of drug and alcohol addiction. The purpose is or provide quality and affordable services so that no one person is denied recovery.
ReachNJ is a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week addictions hotline where people who have substance use disorder can get immediate help and referrals from live, NJ-based, trained addiction counselors, regardless of their insurance status.
Has your group ever experienced a “pity party?” While this can happen occasionally to many groups, if it occurs on a regular basis, it’s time to “accentuate the positive” and make the group a more positive and uplifting experience for all who attend.
Below are some suggestions on how group facilitators and members can turn the meeting around to focus the group more on hope and recovery than on misery.