As this publication was going to print, some groups were preparing to offer meetings online via Skype or Zoom. Call or check the websites for the most current information.


HELP4WV is a confidential 24/7 call, chat, and text line funded
by the state of West Virginia and designed to streamline the
process of seeking help for SUD sufferers and their families.
➻ 1-844-HELP4WV, 844.435.7498,,

WV PEERS is a group of Peer Recovery Coaches who offer
free and confidential assistance to sufferers of SUD and their
families who call seeking guidance. The service is a collaboration
between the West Virginia University School of Public Health,
Ascension Recovery Services, and other recovery organizations.
➻ 304.602.3305,,,

A couple dozen Families Motivating Recovery groups have formed
across the state to use the tools of Community Reinforcement
and Family Training (CRAFT)

Al-Anon Family Groups and Nar-Anon Family Groups are
12-step programs for family members supporting loved ones in
recovery. Al-Anon groups meet at dozens of locations across the
state, and multiple Nar-Anon groups meet as well. ➻,

Adult Children of Alcoholics, for people who were raised in
households dealing with addiction, meets in five locations.

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered 12-step program.
Celebrate Recovery groups meet in a couple dozen churches in
every corner of the state. ➻

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a peer-led parent support
group providing hope, guidance, and addiction education to those
who are affected by addiction. Groups meet in Hedgesville and Ona.

GRASP—Grief Recovery after a Substance Passing—offers
compassion to families who are mourning a family member who
has passed on due to opioid overdose. Chapters chapters have
formed in Charleston, Glen Dale, Huntington, and Morgantown.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human
maintains a list of organizations that offer support
groups and other resources. ➻

First Steps

The book Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change gives concrete insights for having better conversations, setting healthy boundaries, and taking care of yourself.

The 1-844-HELP4WV and WVPEERS (304.602.3305) hotlines are staffed by people who have been through it, are trained to listen well, and know the resources. The call is free and does not obligate you to anything.

Recovery Happens

9% An estimated 22 million American adults, or 9%, have resolved a significant alcohol or other drug problem.

54% relied on assistance—most commonly, mutual help groups like AA or NA and formal inpatient or outpatient treatment

Substance use disorder is known as a “good prognosis disorder”—the majority of people can and do recover.
Source: Research Recovery Institute,

posted on May 14, 2020

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Pam Kasey
Written by Pam Kasey
Pam Kasey has traveled, brewed, farmed, counseled, and renovated, but most loves to write. She has degrees in economics from the University of Chicago and in journalism from West Virginia University. She loves celebrating Morgantown and West Virginia as executive editor at New South Media.