Many of us have found that participating in self-help groups and connecting with other parents in similar situations makes us stronger, healthier and more positive. Then, we are better able to function in a strong family support environment, a critical ingredient for successful treatment and recovery.
I consumed myself with my son’s addiction, and actually got sick. I neglected my other child and nearly lost my marriage. -Madison Parent
The best gift I gave to my son was accountability to solve his own problems. -Madison Parent
I had to stop blaming everyone else and look at my part in the drama. -Dane County Parent
I learned the 3 C’s of addiction: I didn’t cause it; I can’t control it; and I can’t cure it. This helped me to stop enabling that was key to our child’s recovery. -Madison Parent
There is no way to put a dollar amount on support group meetings. Parents that attend realize they are not alone, sharing their stories, resources and ideas, supporting each other and paying it forward to others – no insurance company will cover it, yet the impact is endless: Inspiration and Hope -Madison Parent
Addiction is a family disease – it runs in families and it affects everyone in the family. Taking take of ourselves, as parents, is so important if we are to provide the best care for our child/children. Support groups offer the opportunity to connect with others facing similar issues and share experiences. Many of us have found that by regularly attending a support group, we become a positive role-model for our children. Family therapy may be helpful.
Support Groups and Information Referral, Dane County (pdf). This one-page document, prepared by the Parent Addiction Network, lists the known groups and information referral services as of September 2014. Please help us keep this updated and complete. Contact us with updates at EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
Overdose Support Group – for people who have lost a loved one to an overdose. Third Thursday of each month; 7-9 pm. Fitchburg Public Library; 5530 Lacy Road, Fitchburg WI. Upstairs meeting room.
Support groups may be faith-based, provided by nonprofits in the County, affiliated with a 12-Step Program such as Al-Anon, NAR-Anon or Families Anonymous, or provided by a treatment agency. The above-referenced list does not include the latter. Please see the Drug Treatment Directory, Dane County for additional counseling and family support options.
Some of us have found it helpful to attend open speaker meetings at the various greater Madison area AA club houses. You can find a list of these meetings and other events at the club house websites. These clubhouses are for recovering alcoholics, addicts, their families and friends who are following the 12-step program. They include the Fitchburg Serenity Club, Monona Serenity Club; Eastside Alano.
Connect to a community of parents dealing with drug abuse of a loved one. (http://intervene.drugfree.org)
“The Twelve Step RAG” – Monthly Newsletter for parents from Families Anonymous
When a Child Dies from Drugs by Pat Wittberger. A popular book on the subject of coping with the loss of a child to a drug overdose.
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