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Substance Misuse and Addiction Resources

ALCOHOL USE AND ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

Alcohol and drug problems and addiction affect every family in our community. It can be challenging when facing addiction to know what resources are available for you, a family member, or friend.

In recent years attention has shifted towards the opioid epidemic, but excessive drinking remains even more prevalent. This includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and alcohol use disorders (AUDs). Excessive alcohol use and AUDs contribute to numerous medical, psychiatric, family, social, work, financial, and legal problems. Such problems affect individuals who drink, families, society, and medical providers. Even a single episode of drinking can lead to bad outcomes including unintentional injury or death.

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ALCOHOL GUIDELINES AND ARTICLES

ALCOHOL SCREENING

Please see below for screening tools related to alcohol, alcohol problems, and AUDs:

NIDA Quick Screen
AUDIT-C QUESTIONNAIRE

RESOURCES FOR ALCOHOL PROBLEMS

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
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.

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.

PA Get Help Now 1-800-662-4357
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 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.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Al-Anon
This is a mutual support program for friends and families of individuals with alcohol problems. 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
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.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG MISUSE AND ABUSE

Our community is going through a prescription drug use epidemic. We have plenty of resources to help you and your family cope. If you need immediate assistance, please call the 24-Hour Crisis Hot Line at 1-888-7-YOU-CAN (1-888-796-8226).

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DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAMS

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. At the April 2017 event, 450 tons of prescription drugs were collected. Click 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
Prescription drug take-back programs facilitate the proper disposal of unused prescription medications to help decrease prescription medication abuse.

There is an increasing trend of prescription medication abuse across the nation. Improper disposal of prescription medication contributes to this increase, as well as environmental hazards that impact rivers and harm wildlife. The majority of prescription medication that results in overdoses are originally prescribed by physicians.

To learn more about prescription drug take-back programs, or to find a drop box in your area, please use one of the links below. Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office: Project D.U.M.P. (Disposal of unused medications properly)
Call 412-459-5000 to schedule a Sheriff's Office Evidence Technician to pick up unwanted prescription medications at your home (in Allegheny County).

UPMC RESOURCES

Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC)
1-877-772-8762 is the central number to schedule an evaluation for ambulatory services. AMS provides a continuum of ambulatory services for SUDs and co-occurring psychiatric illness.

Patients in need of ambulatory detoxification are evaluated at WPIC’s Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) and followed at AMS during the week and at the DEC on weekends for daily visits. Patients with co-occurring psychiatric illness and a SUD in need of inpatient care receive co-occurring services on WPIC’s hospital units.

Life Solutions
1-800​-647-3327​​​​​​​​

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

Patients in need of ambulatory detoxification are evaluated at WPIC’s Diagnostic and Evaluation Center (DEC) and followed at AMS during the week and at the DEC on weekends for daily visits. Patients with co-occurring psychiatric illness and a SUD in need of inpatient care receive co-occurring services on WPIC’s hospital units.

Magee Hospital Pregnancy Recovery Center at UPMC, 412-641-1000
Provides medication-assisted-treatment for pregnant women with opioid addiction and therapy at the Perinatal Addiction Center, housed in AMS/WPIC.

Mercy Hospital Medical Detoxification Center at UPMC, 412-232-8800
This unit houses an 18-bed licensed 4A detox unit for patients meeting PC/PC criteria for admission to medically managed detoxification.

Pittsburgh Poison Center at UPMC, 1-800-222-1222
Provides information and treatment guidance for acute drug toxicity or withdrawal, locating and obtaining naloxone, locating treatment facilities and programs, and follow-up consultation to assess treatment access.

UPMC Health Plan Special Program Assistance (SPA)
1-855-772-8762

Provides Behavioral Health Case Management and Telephonic Coaching for Health Plan members with substance problems. Members can be referred by physicians using a Prescription for Wellness and checking the “substance use” box on the list of programs.



UPMC Montefiore, General Internal Medicine Center for Opioid Recovery (GIM-COR)
GIM-COR Referrals: 412-737-7871

The center provides comprehensive medication assisted treatment, behavioral counseling, and social support services for opioid use disorders in a primary care setting.

Watch Dr. Daley and Dr. Glance discuss many common questions surrounding prescription drug misuse and addiction.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE RESOURCES

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

PA Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
Provides information about SUDs, 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 Get Help Now, 1-800-662-4357
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 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.

NIDA, NIAAA, AND SAMHSA RESOURCES

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

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 Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Information on substances, substance use disorders, opioid overdoses, treatment and research. There are specific link 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).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Provides treatment and recovery resources and information on evidence-based-practices for SUDs. See www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/treatment for training materials and provider resources on the use of medication for opioid addiction, and waivers for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. See www.samhsa.gov/nrepp to access the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

MUTUAL SUPPORT, PREVENTION, AND OTHER RESOURCES

These include mutual support programs such as AA and NA, peer resources such as Message Carriers, and other prevention resources.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
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.

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
Phone: 412-361-0142 (office)
412-463-7006 (after hours helpline)

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

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

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

Prescribe to Prevent
Provides information on how to write prescriptions for naloxone.

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

University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics
This website links to a report on a regional working group's progress and next steps recommended by the National Heroin Task Force of former U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Al-Anon
This is a mutual support program for friends and families of individuals with alcohol problems. 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
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.

Bridge to Hope
This is a family support program in the Pittsburgh area that offers education and help for families and concerned others affected by a loved one’s addiction.

Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT)
This is an approach to help families and significant others deal with a substance use problem in the family. It provides guidance on how to engage the member with the substance problem in treatment. It also helps the family deal with their own reactions to a loved one and engage in their own recovery.

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

Facing Addiction
This is an advocacy organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis. They aim to build a national constituency, increase access to treatment, translate scientific innovation into services, advocate for governments to implement evidence-based policies, and share the proof of long-term recovery.

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.

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

National Association of Children of Alcoholics
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)
NIDA provides information on many topics of interest for families, including information about drugs, treatment programs, and current research initiatives.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
This is a nonprofit organization that aims to help families struggling with their son or daughter's substance use. 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
This is a nonprofit drug awareness and prevention organization that aims to offer support, guidance, and encouragement to others who have been affected by addiction. They offer monthly community meetings, presentations in the community, and information about resources available for those suffering from addiction.

TOBACCO CESSATION RESOURCES

State of Pennsylvania

PA Free Quitline
This is a free, evidence-based tobacco cessation service available to all Pennsylvanians and Health Care Providers. Services provided: Telephone Coaching, Provider Referrals and Online Resources. Sponsored by Jewish National Health.
1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
1-855-DEJELO-YA (335-3569)
1-888-229-2182 (TTY line)

PA Department of Health
**They maintain an online, statewide listing of registry providers for tobacco cessation counseling services.

Allegheny County

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

Downtown City Resources:

Duquesne University
Center for Pharmacy Care
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15282
412.396.2155 - please call for an appointment

Duquesne University Pharmacy
1860 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
www.duq.edu/CPC

Hill District (various locations)
Dr. Jamie McConaha
412.396.2219
Classes will be held at various locations throughout the city - please call Dr. McConaha for additional locations and times.

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
412-697-2018 (Bill E.)
412-320-2323 (Mike L.)
412-298-2794 (Ebony E.)

Locations:
Mercy Behavioral Health, 330 South 9th Street, Room 260, Building 1, Tuesdays, 12:00pm (Bill E.)
New Horizons, 616 Lincoln Avenue, Fridays, 10:30am (Ebony E.)

*These groups are FREE, and on-going, and you can join at any time. Each group session lasts between 45 minutes and one hour. It doesn’t matter what your smoking status is; if you’re smoking 3 packs a day, thinking about quitting, have just quit, using a vapor or e-cigarette, or have been smoke-free for months, ALL are welcome and encourage to come!

Carnegie Mellon University Health Services (CMU Students, Faculty, and Staff ONLY)
healthservices.andrew.cmu.edu
412-268-2157, option 2

University of Pittsburgh (Pitt Students ONLY)
QUIT Program
Medical Arts Building, Suite 500.79
3708 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-383-1830

For Veterans
Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Highland Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
412-365-4900

East Resources:

UPMC St. Margaret
For more information, call 412-784-5043 or 412-784-4086.
For dates/times and to register, please follow the link.
https://upmc.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=69093

North Resources:

UPMC Passavant McCandless
Cancer Center Conference Room
9100 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
https://upmc.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=129511

South Resources:

St. Clair Hospital
The Respiratory Care Department
1000 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Courage to Quit, a 4-week class
Session start dates rotate, please call for the next date.
Dr. Jamie McConaha
412.396.2219
www.stclair.org/

Outside Allegheny County Resources:

American Lung Association
1-800-LUNGUSA
Chelsey Hildebrand Phone: 717-971-1126 Chelsey.Hildebrand@lung.org
Caitlin Cluck Phone: 717-971-1121 Caitlin.Cluck@lung.org

  • Northeast Region(Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming)
  • Northcentral Region (Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union)
  • Southcentral Region (Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and York)
  • Northwest Region (Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Venango and Warren)

Erie Only
County Health Department www.ecdh.org
Sarah Morgan Phone: 814-451-6700
smorgan@eriecountypa.gov

Southeast Region (Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Schuylkill)
Health Promotion Council of Southeastern PA, Inc. www.hpcpa.org or www.sepatobaccofree.org
Jamie Magee Phone: 215-731-6154
jamagee@phmc.org

Southwest Region (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland)
Adagio Health, Inc. www.adagiohealth.org
Katie Hartman Phone: 724-944-2433 khartman@adagiohealth.org

General

MyLastDip
A unique Web-based intervention that is designed to help chewing tobacco users aged 14 to 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.

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.

Smoke Free Gov
You’ll find support, tips, tools, and expert advice to help you or someone you love quit smoking. Research Study Links and specialized links for Men, Women, Veterans, Teens, Espanola and 60+
1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
1-855-DÉJELO-YA (335-3569)

Using Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Children and Teens

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
SmokefreeTXT for Teens
KNOW THE RISKS – e-cigarettes and Young People

Apps (These are just resources and are no way a recommendation)

LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach
Smoke Free Apps
Quit It Lite - stop smoking today
QuitNow
Apple Store Google Play