Support After an Overdose
Navigating the complexities of substance use and its effects on families can be challenging. This curated list of resources aims to provide support, guidance, and information for families impacted by substance use. Whether you're seeking counseling services, educational materials, support groups, or practical advice, these resources are designed to offer assistance and empower families as they navigate this difficult journey.
Self-care is crucial for families impacted by substance use, offering a lifeline amidst challenging times. This compilation of resources focuses on nurturing well-being and resilience within families.
- This is a resource for caregivers can apply to receive a therabox which offers free or discounted self-care services for caregivers.
- This is a place where caregivers can attend classes like yoga or meditation at a reduced cost. Located in Elkhorn, WI.
- Tips on self-care for family caregivers.
- A guide to self-care for parents.
- Self-care strategies for parents and caregivers.
Grandparents and caregivers play a vital role in families affected by substance use, often stepping in to provide stability and care for their loved ones. This collection of support resources is tailored specifically for these unsung heroes, offering guidance, information, and a sense of community.
- Grandparent and relative caregiver resources in Wisconsin.
- Parenting resources for relative and kinship caregivers.
- An AARP guide for support for grandparents raising grandchildren.
- A guide to taking care of yourself while raising grandchildren.
Living with someone who has substance use issues can increase family stress and change the dynamics in a family. For more information on how to navigate this type of situation, visit:
- Resources on how to start conversations with family members with substance use disorder to determine how to support them.
- 12-step program for family and friends of people who use drugs
- SMART Recovery is the leading, evidence-informed approach to overcoming addictive behaviors and leading a balanced life. SMART is stigma-free and emphasizes self-empowerment.
- Learn to Cope is a peer-led support network that offers education, resources, and hope for family members and friends who have loved ones affected by substance use disorder.
Grief can be a profound and intricate experience for families affected by substance use, encompassing various emotions and challenges. This curated list of resources is dedicated to supporting families through the grieving process, offering compassionate guidance and avenues for healing.
- Grief resources for families, including grief support groups and a book list.
- https://indd.adobe.com/view/publication/924b5436-fca0-4a15-901a-9233134766e4/ro0d/publication-web-resources/pdf/NAGC_Activity_Booklet-Responding_to_Change_&_Loss.pdf PDF PDF
- Information on responding to change and loss to support children, teens, and families.
- Resources for support after a death by overdose, including a list of support groups.
- Support groups for parents who are suffering the collateral damage of a child’s addiction.
- A local support group for grief recovery after a substance use passing.
- Helping families with grief support after an overdose.
Accessing appropriate treatment resources is pivotal for families navigating the impact of substance use. This compilation focuses on providing comprehensive support and guidance tailored specifically for families seeking treatment options.
- Information on Walworth County Health and Human Services Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
- Information on local substance use treatment resources.
- Information on local substance use treatment resources.
Educational resources serve as a beacon of knowledge and empowerment for families affected by substance use. This compilation is designed to help families understand substance use and common words and phrases.
- Information on participating in a 12-week family support resource.
- Information on self-care for families and education on early childhood topics to support caregivers caring for young children.
- Information on commonly used drugs.
- A resource of common words and terms associated with addiction and recovery.
- CARE Support Group
- The CARE Support group is designed to build positive support for non-parental caregivers impacted by substance use. Beginning Thursday, February 15th at 5:30 pm at the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA this 6-week group session provides an opportunity to hear from experienced guest speakers weekly on topics such as recovery, adverse childhood experiences (ACES), self-love, grief, and loss.
- Every Thursday from February 15th through March 21st, 5:30 pm - 7 pm
- Childcare, meals, and giveaways will be provided for each session.
- Register at: https://bit.ly/CAREWINTER2024
- A local support group for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioral concerns of a loved on
Hotlines provide crucial and immediate support for families impacted by substance use, offering a lifeline during challenging moments. This compilation of hotline resources aims to connect families with compassionate assistance, guidance, and information around the clock.
- 211 (Wisconsin addiction recovery helpline)
- A resource that can provide information on treatment resources.
- 988 (suicide prevention hotline)
- 1-800-662-4357 (SAMHSA’s National Helpline)
- A resource to find local substance and mental health treatment.
- 1-855-227-3640 (Caregiver Action Network (7A-6P Daily)
- A hotline that can provide support to caregivers and help find local resources.
Benefit resources serve as a crucial support system for families impacted by substance use, providing essential aid during challenging times. This collection is dedicated to connecting families with various benefit programs, financial assistance, and community resources tailored to their specific needs.
- Information on Wisconsin Medicaid services.
- Information on benefits and how to apply for state health insurance.
- Information on applying for food share benefits.
- Information on applying for WIC (women, infant, and children) benefits. WIC can provide information and funding for formula, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and nutritional education.
- Information on applying for daycare assistance.
- Information on applying for kinship care benefits (a monthly payment of $300 per child).
- A helpful website to manage state of Wisconsin benefits and programs.
- Information on applying for survivor benefits for a child, spouse, or parent.
A civil commitment is a court order for up to six months of inpatient or outpatient mental health treatment.
- Information on understanding the civil commitment process in Wisconsin.
- Contact Walworth County Crisis Intervention at 262-741-3200 for more information on mental health and drug and alcohol civil commitments
Books serve as invaluable companions for families navigating the complexities of substance use impacts. This curated collection of book resources offers a wealth of information, guidance, and personal narratives to support families on their journey.
- Recommended books about grief recovery.
- Recommended books related to foster care, adoption, kinship care, and trauma.
- A resource for those working with and parenting relatives children.
Naloxone/NARCAN Availability in Walworth County
You can reverse an opioid overdose if you know what to do and you act in time. Whether you use opioids, love someone who does, or just care about the people in your community, it’s important to be prepared if you encounter someone who is experiencing an opioid overdose.
Carrying naloxone can save lives. This is the drug that blocks the harmful effects of opioids on the brain. It is specific to opioids. If opioids are not involved with the overdose, it will not cause any harm.
Use the map below to find Narcan. Narcan can be purchased over the counter at Walgreens, Walmart, and CVS locations signified by a red dot. Other locations on this map have it available for free via an Overdose Aid Kit (O.A.K.) Box at their site signified by a green dot.
Additional harm reduction resources are made available to Walworth County residents through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Harm Reduction Response Team (HRRT). The HRRT is a mobile van offering a variety of resources including sterile injection equipment, wound care supplies, Naloxone, safer sex supplies, fentanyl test strips, and more. To see when they will be in Walworth Co. visit www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aoda/harm-reduction.htm and navigate to "Wisconsin Harm Reduction Response Team (HRRT)".
How to give someone naloxone
Nasal naloxone (NARCAN®)
NARCAN® is simple to use. Each NARCAN® device contains one dose.
- Call 911 and follow the operator's instructions.
- Place the tip of the nozzle in either nostril until your fingers touch the nose.
- Press the plunger firmly to release the dose.
- Give rescue breaths if needed.
NARCAN® usually starts working within a few minutes and lasts from 30 to 90 minutes. More than one dose of NARCAN® is sometimes needed. If there is no response after two to three minutes, give a second dose of NARCAN® in the other nostril.
Learn more at: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/safer-use.htm