OPIATE NATION: A Memoir of Love, Loss & Acceptance

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NEW: Thorough review of new release American Overdose


CRAFT: The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training is a scientifically based intervention designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) to engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. This new intervention method was developed with the belief that since family members can, and do make important contribution in other areas of addiction treatment (i.e. family and couples therapy), that the CSO can play a powerful role in helping to engage the substance user who is in denial to submit to treatment. CSOs who attend the CRAFT program also benefit by becoming more independent and reducing their depression, anxiety and anger symptoms even if their loved one does not enter treatment. CRAFT uses an overall positive approach and steers clear of any confrontation. CRAFT is a culturally sensitive program that works with the client’s mores and beliefs to develop an appropriate treatment plan. The program emphasizes learning new skills to cope with old problems.CRAFT Training

SMART Recovery: Self-Management And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups. At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction (to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating). Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point Program®. SMART Recovery:

In February of 2014 Hazelden and Betty Ford Center merged and created the new Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit addiction treatment organization.

Family Resource Center. Empowering Families to understand and address a child’s substance use. Research-based resources to help parents raising substance-free kids and help those with substance use.

Alcoholics Anonymous – non profit

Help Guide – non-profit org by parents who lost daughter to suicide in 1996

The Addicts Mom -website and community FB page

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), for those with a possible opioid use disorder. The Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information here.

To find an authorized Opioid Treatment Program dispensing methadone or buprenorphine to treat opioid dependency in your state visit:

Shatterproof.  Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families – they are shattered.


Drug-Proof Your Kids by Arterburn and Burns

Woman of Substances: A Journey Into Drugs, Alcohol, and Treatment by Jenny Valentish

Get Your Loved One Sober by Meyers & Wolfe – Based on the CRAFT Training

Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones

American Pain:How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic by John Temple

The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin by Tracey Helton Mitchell / Tracey is one of the 5 addicts featured in the documentary Black Tar Heroin, below, and who survived. She is the mother of three and a counselor, working in harm reduction.

Black Tar Heroin: The Dark End of the Street, 2000, Documentary by Steven Okazaki. Filmed from 1995 to 1998 in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, California, the documentary follows the lives of 5 heroin addicts. (

Heroin: Cape Cod USA, 2016, Documentary by Steven Okazaki. This is a cinema-verité look at the heroin epidemic currently sweeping America’s small towns and communities, focusing on eight young heroin addicts in idyllic Cape Cod, Mass. (YouTube for $2.99)


A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

On Grief and Grieving by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

If you are looking for help for yourself or a loved one in Tucson, Arizona, we have several recovery programs we highly recommend for teens through adults dealing with chemical dependency and addiction, including in-patient and sober living:

In Balance Continuum of Care:

The Mark Youth & Family Care Counseling and Outpatient Programs:

Well-Being Institute: Dr. Wen Cai, MD, PhD. Specializing in addiction medicine and counseling. +1 520-225-0584


Great article on why America is choosing to numb itself:

The Poison We Pick: NYMagazine Article

Drug, Chris Elkins, (


Article on CRAFT and Tough Love vs Empathy:

As Scotland’s Trainspotting Generation Ages, The Dead Pile Up – Aug 2019

Decline in opioid deaths is tied to growing use of overdose-reversing drug, CDC says

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