Addiction is a family disease. Having a family member - a son, daughter, spouse, parent, brother or sister - who is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction can be frightening, frustrating, depressing and all-consuming as you join them in a virtual roller coaster ride of highs and lows. LICADD's new Family Support Group helps families get grounded, learn some facts about addiction, and come up with strategies that will help give them some peace of mind. It is an opportunity to gain perspective, new insights and walk away with fresh resources for coping with the disease of addiction. Most importantly, members will be able to connect with other families, and understand they are not alone.
Local residents with an addicted family member are welcome to attend, regardless of whether their loved one is in treatment, has begun the recovery process or is still actively using drugs or alcohol. The group is professionally facilitated, completely confidential and meets every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30AM at LICADD's Ronkonkoma offices, located at 2805 Veterans Highway, Suite 26. A $20 donation per person per week is suggested, but not mandatory. "Addiction is a family illness. It is vital for each member to receive support and treatment; not just the individual afflicted" says LICADD's Clinical Director Steve Chassman, LMSW. "People leave our groups with a new lease on life, relieved that they've been able to connect with others," he added.