The Substance Abuse Work Group was formed in September, 2016 through the South Central Network of Care 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. 

Barriers such as social attitudes of substance use stigma or acceptance of substance often prevents people from getting the help that they need. Our 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 (DCF Region 2) to comprehensive substance use resources and supports.

Meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 1:30 p.m., at The Children’s Center of Hamden, Wakeman Hall Conference Room. If you would like to attend a meeting or be added to the email list for the group please contact 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!

Both groups meet on Mondays at 6:30 at 1400 Whitney Avenue, Building #1, Hamden, CT 06517

To learn more about SMART Recovery, visit: