By Amy LaRue
Addiction: This is a topic that most people don’t want to talk about. More than 165 million Americans ages 12 and older currently use drugs and/or alcohol. This number continues to grow year after year. Among these 165 million Americans, there is a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a wife, a husband, a son, a daughter, a grandparent who prays and begs that they stop.
Addiction in families is often a subject kept secret behind closed doors. Shame, guilt, despair, fear, sleepless nights and worry are just some of the things these families experience daily. They will do whatever it takes to keep their loved one clean and sober, and neglect their own needs. But the reality is that these families need their own support, community, and tools to weather this storm.
Finding Hope is a support group for loved ones of drug and alcohol addicts. It is a safe and confidential place where families learn that they are not alone on this journey. At Finding Hope, they learn that others are following the same path as them. Families learn that there is nothing they have done or haven’t done to make their loved one dependent. But, at Finding Hope, they will learn, there is hope.
Robin S. said, “When we walked into our first Finding Hope meeting, we felt at home. We knew we were with people who were walking the same path of addiction as we were. They understood”. They had all experienced the same emotions as us and knew that this group would become our lifeline and our family.
If you are living in shame, guilt, despair and fear because of your loved one’s addiction, we invite you to connect with Finding Hope. You will enter a safe room full of people who understand. You will finally be able to remove the mask behind which you have hidden for so long. You will learn that you are not alone, that it is not your fault and that there is hope.
You can attend a local meeting at Grace in Pagosa on the first and third Tuesdays at noon. To learn more about Finding Hope, visit Findinghope.today.