What is Hope Not Handcuffs?


Launched February 1, 2017, Hope Not Handcuffs is an initiative started by Michigan based, Families Against Narcotics (FAN) aimed at bringing law enforcement and community organizations together in an effort to find viable treatment options for individuals seeking help to reduce dependency with heroin, prescription drugs, and other substances.

In the first year, 903 participants were connected with the support and resources they deserve.

As of November 2018, Hope Not Handcuffs is working with more than 60 law enforcement agencies and has helped more than 2100 participants connect to treatment.



When a person is ready to begin the process of recovery, they can walk in to a participating police department and ask for help.

They will be greeted with support, compassion and respect. Once accepted into the program,* the individual will be guided through a brief intake process to ensure proper treatment placement.

A trained Angel volunteer will be called to the station to help with paperwork and to provide support until a treatment option is found.

Regardless of insurance status, our team will work directly with local substance abuse services for placement in a treatment facility as soon as possible.


This department is proud to now be apart of a great program to HELP those in need.