Below are options for support for families affected by addiction, listed in alphabetical order. Inclusion in this list is not an endorsement of any particular organization.
Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)
A Twelve Step program of men and women over 18 who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment that allows us to grieve our childhoods and conduct an honest inventory of ourselves and our family—so we may (i) identify and heal core trauma, (ii) experience freedom from shame and abandonment, and (iii) become our own loving parents.
Al-Anon Family Groups
In Al-Anon and Alateen, members share their own experience, strength, and hope with each other. They come together to learn a better way of life, and to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.
Caron Parent and Family Groups
Designed to meet the needs of those with loved ones who are currently in treatment, are using alcohol and/or drugs in a problematic manner or are in recovery.
A Christ-Centered ministry where people can find God’s healing and strength to face and move beyond their hurts, habits, or hang ups. This ministry is for anyone struggling with past or current dysfunc-tions or compulsions, whether they are affecting their own life or the lives of those around them. To learn more about Celebrate Recovery, click here.
Center for Families at Malvern Treatment Centers
101 Phoenixville Pike
Malvern, PA 19355
A group of clinicians and parents, provides two free parent-to-parent support groups that offer guidance, education, and increased awareness of teen mental health and substance abuse struggles:
Foundations for Parents
Mondays 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Bill (610) 716-5608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer-facilitated education program for parents of children struggling with substance use and related disorders. Learn about addiction and recovery from a parent’s perspective, with emphasis on exploring solutions.
Serenity for Parents
Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Kim Porter (267) 629-2214 or email@example.com
Mutual support group for parents of children with mental health and emotional challenges. Emphasis is on navigating healthy boundaries, facing stigma, self-care, and adapting parental expectations.
Christ’s Healing Hands: A Substance Abuse Ministry Prayer Service
St. Joseph Parish
460 Manor Avenue
Downingtown, PA 19335
1st Sunday at 7:00 pm (Addiction Prayer Service)
3rd Sunday at 7:00 pm (Finding Christ Spirituality & the 12 Steps)
Cornerstone Addiction Recovery
426 West Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19382
Recovery Group Meeting (Youth Room) every Wednesday at 7:00 pm
Rich Mollica (610) 809-9641
Grandfamilies Support Groups
Government Services Center
601 Westtown Road, Room 250
West Chester, PA 19382
Jenna Giersch 610-344-5770 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Shandell Quinones 610-344-5670 / email@example.com
Kennett Square, PA. 19348
Kacie’s Cause is an organization of businesspersons and concerned parents seeking to educate our communities of the widespread use of heroin, substance use disorders, to suggest resources that may provide treatment and recovery support and sponsors parent support groups around Chester County.
Main Line Parent Support Group
St. Thomas Rosemont Chapel
1229 E Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(All meeting will be located in the Auditorium)
Meetings: every Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction problem of someone very near to them. The only requirement to be a member and attend Nar-Anon meetings is that there is a problem of drugs or addiction in a relative or friend.
Parenting Prodigals/Mending Hearts
95 West Devon Drive
Downingtown, PA 19335
The 2nd & 4th Monday 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cindy Wanamaker at (484) 753-2604
PRO-ACT Chester County
16 Mystic Lane, Suite 100
Malvern, PA 19335
PRO-ACT offers a three-week Family Education Program for family members (age 14 and older) who have loved ones struggling with substance use disorder. The three-week program is held on the first through third Wednesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 pm at its offices, 16 Mystic Lane, Ste. 100, Malvern, PA. Call 1-800-221-6333 to register.
SMART Recovery for Family & Friends
A science-based support program based on the SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement & Family Training) cognitive skills tools. In our free group discussion meet-ings, participants learn from one another using a self-empowering approach based on the most current science of recovery. SMART recovery holds two meetings in Chester County.
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Compass Mark does not specifically endorse the groups on this page, but are merely making a comprehensive list available to the general public.