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Substance Misuse and Addiction Resources

Alcohol and drug misuse and addiction continue to affect individuals and their families across our communities. At the beginning of recovery from a substance use disorder, it can be challenging to know what resources are available for you or a loved one.

UPMC RESOURCES FOR SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS

UPMC Health Plan members have access to high-quality, evidence-based care services, treatment, and support.

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UPMC RESOURCES

UPMC Addiction Medicine Services (AMS)
3501 Forbes Ave., Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Call 1-877-772-8762 to schedule an evaluation.

AMS provides a continuum of ambulatory services for substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric illness. Services at AMS include ambulatory detoxification, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient services, and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Services are available for individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

UPMC General Internal Medicine (GIM) Center for Opioid Recovery
UPMC Montefiore, 9th Floor, South Wing, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Call 412-737-7871 for more information.

The Center of Excellence provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders in an internal medicine clinic. They offer access to patient navigator(s) and social workers, who help link patients to other clinical programs.

Pregnancy and Women's Recovery Center at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital
300 Halket St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Call 412-641-1211 for more information.

The center provides medication-assisted-treatment (MAT) for opioid-addicted pregnant women.

Addiction Medicine at UPMC Mercy
1400 Locust St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Call 412-232-8800 for more information.

This is a 24/7 18-bed, medically managed detox program (4A). Patients must meet specific criteria for medically necessary inpatient detox.

Addiction Medicine Services at UPMC McKeesport
1500 Fifth Ave., McKeesport, PA 15132
Call 1-855-783-8762 for more information.

The hospital houses a 27-bed, medically managed detoxification (4A) and rehabilitation (4B) program.

Pittsburgh Poison Center at UPMC
IN AN EMERGENCY CALL: 1-800-222-1222

The 24/7 center provides information and treatment guidelines for acute drug toxicity or withdrawal, locating and obtaining naloxone, location of treatment facilities/programs, and follow-up consultation.

Resolve Crisis Center
Hotline for 24-hour crisis help: 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (796-8226)
Walk-in crisis center 333 North Braddock Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Non-urgent matters: Call 412-864-5004 or email resolve@upmc.edu

Anyone who resides in Allegheny County can access services, regardless of ability to pay or type of crisis.

Smoking Cessation Classes at UPMC Facilities
This no-cost four-week course offered at UPMC St. Margaret or UPMC Passavant lays out a step-by-step approach to quitting smoking and gives you invaluable tools for achieving your new and liberating smoke-free life. Certified smoking cessation counselors will teach you the key behavioral and cognitive skills to help ease you along the path of successfully quitting.

UPMC HEALTH PLAN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

LifeSolutions
1-800​-647-3327​​​​​​​​

Trained professionals can help you cope more successfully with drug and/or alcohol issues—it’s a no-cost, confidential benefit.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES

These resources can help you locate licensed alcohol and drug treatment programs in any Pennsylvania county. Resources are provided on many topics related to opioid use disorders or other substance use disorders.

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PA DEPARTMENT OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL PROGRAMS

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Provides information about substance use disorders, overdoses, naloxone, PA Client Placement Criteria (PC/PC are guidelines to determine level of care needed), and treatment resources throughout the state (see "Find Treatment Services").

PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

PA Department of Health
The department maintains an online, statewide registry of providers for tobacco cessation counseling services. They also provide resources for individuals and families.

PA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

PA Department of Human Services
Find local community substance use disorder programs offered through county offices called Single County Authorities (SCA).

PA FREE QUITLINE

PA Free Quitline
1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569)
1-888-229-2182 (TTY line)

This is a free, evidence-based tobacco cessation service available to all Pennsylvanians and health care providers. Services provided include telephone coaching, provider referrals and online resources. The service is sponsored by Jewish National Health.

PA GET HELP NOW

PA Get Help Now
This website and helpline provide information about local resources for substance use disorders. Go to "Care Provider Search" and enter the county name or ZIP code of the area where you are looking for treatment programs. This help line can also direct you to funding alternatives for the uninsured who may not be eligible for Medicaid.

PASTOP.ORG

PAStop.org
This website provides education about the risks of and relationships between prescription painkiller and heroin use. You can also find information regarding prevention and treatment programs in Pennsylvania.

TOBACCO FREE ALLEGHENY

Tobacco Free Allegheny
Tobacco Free Allegheny (TFA) serves as a resource to the community, providing education about all aspects of tobacco use and the harmful effects of secondhand smoke exposure. It maintains a library of information and visual aids for loan to schools, students, and community organizations. TFA is a nonprofit corporation and a part of the statewide tobacco control program supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Worksite cessation: TFA, in partnership with Pittsburgh Mercy, is available to help you help your employees quit smoking. Call 412-322-8321.

NATIONAL RESOURCES

The following websites provide many free educational, clinical, and research resources on substance use and substance use disorders. All include access to PDFs with this information, including screening tools and treatment manuals and protocols.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Information on alcohol problems, treatment, and research. Includes information for professionals, individuals with alcohol problems, and families.

NATIONAL INSTUTUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information on substances, substance use disorders, opioid overdoses, treatment, and research. There are links with tools for brief screening of a drug problem to assess PDFs for opioid risk or opioid withdrawal symptoms (e.g., NIDA Quick Screen; DAST-10; Clinical Opioid Withdrawal Scale; and Opioid Risk Tool).

SMOKEFREE.GOV

SmokeFree.gov
1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569)


Whatever your background, you’ll find support, tips, tools, and expert advice that can help you or someone you love quit smoking.

  • SmokefreeTXT for Teens – six- to eight-week texting program for teens (13-18 years old) who want to be smoke free

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

MUTUAL SUPPORT, PREVENTION, AND OTHER RESOURCES

Please note that activities may be affected by COVID-19. Contact the organization directly for additional information.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Call 212-870-3400 or check your local phone directory under “Alcoholism.”

A mutual support program for anyone with an alcohol problem who wants to stop drinking. Has many “tools” such as recovery meetings, sponsorship, recovery literature, the 12-step program, and other resources.

DETOX LOCAL

Detox Local
Here you can find needle exchanges in Pennsylvania.

HARM REDUCTION COALITION

Harm Reduction Coalition
A national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use.

LIFERING SECULAR RECOVERY

LifeRing Secular Recovery
A worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Peer-to-peer support is used to encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. There are several meeting sites within Pennsylvania and Ohio.

INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION & TRAINING IN ADDICTIONS (IRETA)

Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions (IRETA)
Provides individual and system-level responses to substance use issues thought education, evaluation of outcomes, technical assistance, quality improvement, and dissemination of information, including toolkits.

MESSAGE CARRIERS

Message Carriers
Office phone: 412-361-0142
After-hours helpline: 412-463-7006

Promotes advocacy and awareness, and Recovery Support Services in the Pittsburgh area for individuals with a substance use problem.

MYLASTDIP

MyLastDip
A unique Web-based intervention that is designed to help chewing tobacco users ages 14 -25 quit. The program was developed by researchers with over 30 years' experience in smokeless tobacco research and funded by a government grant from the National Cancer Institute.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
NA is a mutual support program for individuals with any type of drug problem. It has many tools such as recovery meetings, sponsorship, recovery literature, the 12-step program, and other resources.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS

Nicotine Anonymous
1-877-TRY-NICA (1-877-879-6422)

Offers telephone and internet meetings, as well as the ability to find face-to-face meetings in your area.

OVERDOSE PREVENTION TRAINING WITH NALOXONE DISTRIBUTION

Overdose Prevention Training with Naloxone Distribution
If you use opioids, live with someone who does, or are otherwise likely to be present when someone overdoses, you can get a brief training on how to use naloxone and get a naloxone kit to take home at the end of the training through standing order prescription.

Location: East Liberty Needle Exchange Site 5913 Penn Avenue (next to BAT’s Barber Shop) on Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m.

PRESCRIBE TO PREVENT

Prescribe to Prevent
Provides education for patients, family members, and others on how to administer naloxone.

PREVENTION POINT PITTSBURGH

Prevention Point Pittsburgh
Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health empowerment services to injection drug users.

WOMEN FOR SOBRIETY

Women for Sobriety
Call 215–536–8026 for more information.

Organization that helps all women with recovery through the discovery of self, gained by sharing experiences, hopes and encouragement with other women in similar circumstances. Online meetings and meeting finders available.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Please note that activities may be affected by COVID-19. Contact the organization directly for additional information.

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ADULT CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS

Adult Children of Alcoholics
Call 310-534-1815 for more information.

This program is for men and women who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover.

AL-ANON

Al-Anon
Call 1-888-425-2666 for more information on meetings.

Al-Anon offers group meetings (in-person, by phone, online, international) where friends and family members of problem drinkers share their experiences and learn how to apply the principles of the Al-Anon program to their individual situations.

ALATEEN

Alateen
This is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Like Al-Anon, Alateen provides group meetings where members share experiences and learn the principles of the Al-Anon program.

BE A LOVING MIRROR (BALM)

Be a Loving Mirror (BALM)
This online educational program focuses on helping families be their loved one’s best chance at recovery from substance use disorders.

BEYOND BRIDGE TO HOPE

Beyond Bridge to Hope
Call 412-748-5120 for more information.
A monthly bereavement support group for adult family members who have experienced the death of a loved one due to drug or alcohol abuse. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. in the chapel of Cumberland Woods Village.

BRIDGE TO HOPE

Bridge to Hope
Call 412-635-8080
This Pittsburgh-based family support program offers education and help for families and concerned others affected by a loved one’s addiction.

Locations:
  • UPMC Passavant: Cumberland Woods Village, Allison Park, PA 15101
  • UPMC East: 2775 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA 15146

COALITION FOR RECOVERY

Coalition for Recovery
Increases the public’s recognition that people can and frequently do recover from serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The Coalition sponsors a variety of events designed to reach out to the general public, users of behavioral health services, and providers of those services, with information and resources related to the recovery process.

FACES AND VOICES OF RECOVERY

Faces and Voices of Recovery
This advocacy organization provides information and support for families and those with a substance use disorder.

FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER

Family Resource Center
This website has various resources for families to understand and address a child's substance use. The resources can be filtered by the intended user—for example, parents of young adolescents, older teens, adult children, or teachers/community support personnel.

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS

Families Anonymous
This group is for families and friends who have known a feeling of desperation concerning the destructive behavior of someone very near to them, whether caused by drugs, alcohol, or related behavioral problems. Meetings without Walls are online meetings.

NAR-ANON

Nar-Anon
Nar-Anon is a 12-step mutual support program adapted from Narcotics Anonymous. This program offers group meetings for families affected by any type of drug problem.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS

National Association of Children of Alcoholics
Here you can find information on alcohol problems, treatment, and research. Includes information for professionals, individuals with alcohol problems, and families.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA provides information on many topics of interest for families, including information about drugs, treatment programs, and current research initiatives.

NEW LEAF COMMUNITY CENTER

New Leaf Community Center
Call 724-672-2111 or email NewLeafRCO@gmail.com for more information.

Recovery Support Services are voluntary and free of charge. Certified Recovery Specialist (CSR) staff members work with individuals to help bridge the gap between your needs and available resources. Weekly recovery meetings take place on Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Locations: Armstrong, Indiana, and Clarion counties

OUTREACH TEEN AND FAMILY SERVICES

Outreach Teen and Family Services
Call 412-561-5405 or email info@outreachteen.org for more information.

This nonprofit, community-based counseling agency is located in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh.
  • Choices – Drug & Alcohol Education Program for Teens: This is designed as an opportunity to help families find answers.

PARTNERSHIP TO END ADDICTION

Partnership to End Addiction
This is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes families, policymakers, researchers, and health care professionals to more effectively address addiction systemically on a national scale. They provide information, support, and guidance to families, in addition to advocating for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat addiction. They offer a helpline that helps families connect with experts.

SAGE'S ARMY

Sage's Army
Founded in 2012, this nonprofit drug awareness and prevention organization is dedicated to bringing awareness, compassion, and information to communities affected by substance use disorders. Presentations are available upon request.
  • The Sage's Army Help Line: 724-863-LIFE
    Available 24/7 to the community as a resource to find help relating to substance abuse
  • Monthly group meetings: 724-863-5433
    Second and fourth Thursday of each month
    Location: 216 4th St., Irwin, PA 15642

SAMSHA – 20-MINUTE GUIDE

SAMSHA – 20-Minute Guide A free online resource for parents and partners about how they can help change their children’s substance use.

VETERAN'S CRISIS LINE

Veteran's Crisis Line
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255, chat online, or text 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

GET THE FACTS: ALCOHOL USE AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

Excessive drinking is a serious challenge for many people. Binge drinking, frequent drinking, blackouts, or alcohol cravings are signs there may be a problem or an alcohol use disorder (AUD). Excessive alcohol use and AUDs can contribute to negative consequences for a person’s physical health, mental health, family and social relationships, and employment. Even a single episode of excessive drinking can lead to bad health outcomes including unintentional injury or death.

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ALCOHOL EDUCATION FROM UPMC HEALTH PLAN

ALCOHOL FACTS, STATISTICS, AND GUIDES

GET THE FACTS: DRUG MISUSE AND ABUSE

Drug use, especially opioid use, continues to be an epidemic in our region. It’s important to know the facts about drug use, misuse, and abuse and what community resources are available to help you and your family begin on the road to recovery.

If you need immediate assistance, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226).

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DRUG EDUCATION FROM UPMC HEALTH PLAN

OPIOID FACTS, STATISTICS, AND GUIDES

DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAMS

Prescription medication abuse is becoming more prevalent across the nation. Improper disposal of prescription medication contributes to this increase, as well as environmental hazards that harm rivers and wildlife. The majority of prescription medication that results in overdoses was originally prescribed by physicians.

Prescription drug take-back programs facilitate the proper disposal of unused prescription medications to help decrease prescription medication abuse.

Drug Enforcement Administration – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a sponsor of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is held each year in April and October at thousands of sites across the country. Click on the link above to access the DEA’s drug take back search engine. It allows you to search by ZIP code or city/state to find a collection site near you.

OverdoseFreePA
To learn more about prescription drug take-back programs in Pennsylvania, or to find a drop box in your area, please use one of the links below.
Project D.U.M.P. (Allegheny County)
This program run by the Allegheny Country Sherriff’s Office encourages proper disposal of unused medications.

Call 412-459-5000 to schedule a Sheriff's Office Evidence Technician to pick up unwanted prescription medications at your home.

GET THE FACTS: TOBACCO USE

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TOBACCO EDUCATION FROM UPMC HEALTH PLAN

TOBACCO FACTS, STATISTICS, AND GUIDES

Vaping Resources for Families
Use this resource to connect with local telephone-based support providers; parents can start with the national quit-line number 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

Other valuable sites: