We know that despite the staggering number of families affected by addiction, many families and loved ones of children struggling with substance-related problems often feel completely alone. And parents of children with substance use disorders often do not have easy access to a network of support in their communities. Parent groups, if available, often function more like an underground railroad than a true community resource. Groups are rarely advertised to the public, making it nearly impossible for a parent or other family member in need to find this critical resource without insider information.
Many parents we’ve talked to have said that support groups, unlike any other place, provide an unspoken sense of relief, a newfound awareness that someone else can relate, that someone else understands – that there is hope.