APT cares and we can help! We know that it can be very challenging to be concerned about and/or love a person who is struggling with substance use. As with any chronic illness, the most important tools are information and support.
Use the tips and resources on this page and keep our number handy: 203-781-4600 and remember we’re here for walk-in evaluations five days a week (M-F, 8-11am). Offer to give them a ride to our main clinic, with no ultimatums or expiration date.
When your family member or friend is willing to get help, we welcome you to come along for support. When you arrive, we will not force them into any programs. Instead, we begin with a full health-care examination regardless of ability to pay. Our medical team is trained in primary care practice, mental health and addiction medicine, so we can offer a unique and caring blend of treatments and modalities that will be appropriate to their specific presentation.
Meanwhile, here are some things you can do today.
- The risk of overdose is best confronted with realistic preparation and knowledge. Study the signs and symptoms so you can respond quickly if needed. View our OD Prevention Kit.
- Narcan is simple to administer and freely available. See map to locate pharmacies in Connecticut where you can get some.
- Needle Exchange Programs are proven to reduce the risks of contracting infectious diseases from using. Locate one in your community and provide this information to the person or persons who may need it.
- Fentanyl test strips can further reduce harm. View information on fentanyl test strips.
- Substance use disorders are chronic, relapsing illnesses. Don’t give up on your loved one! As with any chronic illness, the most important tools are information and support.
Reduce Social Isolation.
- CCAR – https://addictionrecoverytraining.org
- Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and Codependents Anonymous are support groups modeled after 12-step recovery meetings, and many now meet online. They are anonymous and free to attend, so you can try various ones to see which, if any, are right for you.
- Engaging in a group activity or hobby can uplift your mood. Many clubs and interest groups are now offering ways to connect with others online.
- Regular meditation or getting out in nature can further reduce stress and keep your own immune system in shape, reducing your own risk of chronic illnesses.
Give Yourself Credit
Your family member or friend will likely express complex and conflicting emotions in response to your concern. Emotional distress is typical for those with substance use disorders. However, we recognize how difficult this can be!
You have taken an important step by letting someone who needs our services know about the APT Foundation. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix you can give them, but you can spread information and arm them with options. Give them our Resources link, tell them you’ll go with them for an evaluation, offer them a ride, with no expiration date. Be simple and matter-of-fact.
If your family member/friend receives treatment at the APT Foundation, we have family groups to assist with your mental health as you cope with the realities of substance use disorder. View our Calendar for group schedules.