The Partnership to End Addiction is dedicated to supporting families as they search for answers to address their son or daughter’s substance use. We’ve been on the front lines of this issue for three decades. We offer personalized guidance and support for families struggling with addiction. We have unparalleled resources and we empower families to take action.
But we can’t do it alone. Your voice can make a difference. Together, we can solve this crisis.
Take Action to Make a Difference in Your Community Today
1. End the stigma
Addiction is a chronic disease. Let’s treat it that way. The sense of isolation that families feel when struggling with addiction is unconscionable and we must change that by speaking out and ending the stigma of addiction.
- Reach out to a friend, coworker, neighbor or family member who you know has a child struggling with this disease and offer your support. Encourage them to take advantage of available help and support. #FamiliesSpeakUp
- Change the conversation by sharing your story with a friend you trust, and if you are ready, share it on social media by using #FamiliesSpeakUp.
- Create a memorial or a share Story of Hope to remember and honor a loved one.
2. Demand resources to help families
With the recent President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis and the National Declaration of a Public Health Emergency, we have a clear path forward to address this crisis. Still, we all need to make our voices heard to ensure this issue remains a priority and that there is the political will to dedicate the necessary resources to end the epidemic.
- Sign the petition to demand insurance coverage for addiction treatment.
- Write to Congress and demand crucial funding in the federal budget for addiction resources.
- Support restoration of prevention programming in your school and larger community.
- Support mandatory prescriber education.
3. Take action in your own home
There are simple actions you can take in your home to combat the opioid crisis. Two-thirds of teens report getting prescription drugs from family or friends. Let’s change that by safely securing and disposing of our medications. Find support for your loved one and help them engage in treatment to get on the path to recovery.
- Talk with your kids about substance use and the dangers of opioid misuse.
- Model healthy behaviors for your teens.
- Learn how to secure and safely dispose of your medicine.
- Get messages of Help & Hope by Text with tips and resources if your child is struggling with opioid use.
- Call our helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE) or use live-chat to connect with a specialist to assist you in navigating your child’s use.
- Help your loved one get treatment.
4. Save lives
Whether it’s being prepared to reverse an opioid overdose or educating others on the risks of misuse and abuse, you can help save lives. There are a number of ways you can get involved in the fight to provide help and hope to others.
- Get trained on how to use naloxone.
- Get involved. Learn about volunteering for the Partnership.
- Host a Fundraiser in your community or make a donation to empower families struggling with substance use.
- Educate your community on how they can save lives.