Being the parent of a child addicted to alcohol or other drugs is excruciating. We live daily with regrets, shame, denial and self blame which grow with each passing consequence our child experiences.
We are helpless and many times, hopeless. Our friends and even relatives look at us with suspicious eyes, secretly wondering what could have gone so wrong in our home.
How, they must be asking, could a child who was raised in such a normal appearing home be creating such insanity? The saddest thing of all is that there is no one to share our pain with, no one who understands.
But, there is new hope for us and that hope lies in a room full of other parents coping with an addicted child. This parent support group has a special bond, a unique connectivity not experienced anywhere else. Stories and emotions shared are never judged or questioned. In this room there is no shame, only love, hope and strength.
I heard about this group from a friend who invited my wife and I to attend. We were so nervous that first evening we came very close to not going. It was God’s will and strength that gave us the courage to continue.
As we slowly walked down the hallway, we heard laughter. We looked at each other in disbelief because laughter was the last thing we thought we would hear. We walked into the room and, as the group turned to look at us, everyone smiled and said ”WELCOME”. We immediately felt accepted.
This group of parents would become like family to us.