The Substance Abuse Work Group was formed in September, 2016 through the South Central Network of Care in CT by individuals in the community who were concerned that the needs of young people who use substances were not being met. Substance use and abuse in young people has the potential to negatively impact school performance, mental health, physical health, legal involvement, relationships, and ability to reach future goals. To access the SURGE Teen Resource Guide, click here

Social attitudes including stigma or acceptance of substance use can prevent people from getting the help that they need. Our work group promotes collaboration with families and communities, information-sharing among providers, and advocacy for state-level changes.

Our vision is to connect young people and their families in the Greater New Haven area (CT DCF Region 2) to comprehensive substance use resources and supports.

Monthly SURGE meetings are held from 1:30-2:30 p.m., the 3rd Tuesday in Feb, April, June, Aug, Oct and Dec at The Children’s Center of Hamden, Wakeman Hall- Building #1 Conference Room, 1400 Whitney Ave, Hamden. For more information, please contact the SURGE Chairperson, Christine Hauser:, 203-248-2116, x341.

SMART Recovery

Join the weekly SMART Recovery support groups for either

  1. Teens
  2. Family & Friends

Groups are FREE and open to the community. SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Online and in-person support groups provide the tools needed to gain your independence back!

FAMILY AND FRIENDS meetings are on Mondays at 6:30 and TEEN SMART meetings are on Thursdays at 5:00 and include free supper. Meetings are held at 1400 Whitney Avenue, Building #1, Hamden, CT 06517.

To learn more about SMART Recovery, visit: