What We Do

safer use society

Social support for people who use substances, are on MAT/MOUD, or are looking for an alternative to traditional recovery support.

Safer Use Society is social support individuals actively using, on MAT, or those seeking an alternative to a 12-step program, and everything in between. We meet every week on Wednesday at 5:30pm. No abstinence required, no expectations, no judgment, just compassionate understanding & support. This is a hybrid style meeting, meaning that you can show up in person in Cleveland Heights or join online from anywhere via zoom.

We fully embrace harm reduction based programming and activities, we will host monthly skill shares, peer-peer community-based development, & culturally competent facilitation. This is not a 12-step group.

For the address or zoom link, register on Eventbrite

Transportation assistance available for those who want to attend in-person.

What’s offered: Safer sex & substance use supplies. Plus, free naloxone and training on how to use it, valuable resource connections, and a nourishing meal at each meeting.

Note: This meeting was created based on an expressed need from our staff with lived experience, our participants, and the community. These meetings are not meant to take a stance on substance use or any particular pathway to recovery, but to acknowledge that recovery isn’t one size fits all, it doesn’t always have to equal abstinence, and people in active use deserve an accepting space for social support.

About The Facilitator:

Z Acey

Participant Engagement Specialist

Z is a liberation-centered activist from Cleveland, Ohio. They have an extensive background in harm reduction techniques and peer recovery services. Having studied at Oberlin College, they also bring a wealth of knowledge in understanding the political and socio-economic landscape to their work at Thrive for Change. 

With a deep commitment to promoting health and wellness in their community and creating a more just and equitable world, they now use this knowledge to lead efforts in saving lives and promoting well-being at Thrive for Change. As the participant engagement specialist, Z is responsible for linking our program participants to ongoing care and treatment and for facilitating weekly meeting for those in active use to share safer use practices and other skills, and have social support.

Contact Z at [email protected]