Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic
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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned & Shared Advice

The Journey of Addiction and Recovery

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to opioid addiction, and not every piece of advice you will receive will be the right fit for you and your loved one. 

As the S.A.F.E Project US team travels the country and communicates with experts, policymakers, law enforcement, medical providers, community- and state-based organizations and, perhaps most importantly, families like yours and ours who have struggled in the face of opioid addiction, we will bring those shared experiences and lessons learned back to this landing page.  No one should face this alone. A community of support is needed to stand up against the opioid epidemic. Please share this page with others who need it, and please submit your own lesson by clicking the "submit a lesson learned here" button below.

At the First Signs of Substance Abuse

Opioid addiction can take many forms. Learn how to recognize the signs that your loved one might be exhibiting.


When They're Young

Addiction can happen at any age. Learn how to arm your child with the tools they need to fight their addiction.

When Things Get Rough

Addiction to opioids is a disease and can be deadly. Learn how to prepare yourself for the challenges ahead.

When Your Loved One is in Treatment

Helping your loved one through treatment can seem overwhelming. Learn tangible ways that you can be there for the person you love. 

When Your Loved One is Transitioning Out of Treatment

Transitioning out of treatment can present new challenges for you and your loved one. Read advice on how to best support your loved one through their treatment journey.

Helpful Resources

Read more information about how you can help your loved one through one of the most difficult times of their life.