LOGAN — PIECES (Pride In Every Community Equals Success), a local substance abuse and prevention group, will be hosting a Loved Ones’ Group at the Buffalo Creek Memorial Library in Man starting on August 21 and meeting every Thursday after that for six weeks. Meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will only be open to the loved ones of drug and/or alcohol addicts.
PIECES works in Logan County to prevent substance abuse, working with community partners to make it possible to live in a healthier and drug-free environment.
Chris Trent, project manager for PIECES, says the series focuses on educating loved ones to identify addiction and develop approaches to effectively help the person with an alcohol or drug use problem.
“Family members typically do not understand the nature of addiction,” Trent said. “They tend to feel alone, ashamed, fearful about the problem of alcohol and drug addiction, responsible for the problem believing that somehow they have caused or contributed to the problem in some way, angry with the addicted person and hopeless that their loved one will never receive the help they need.”
Trent says that the PIECES board was quick to realize that for every person who has an addiction, there are multiple people who indirectly suffer.
“Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, and grandparents are all affected,” Trent said. “That means that if we have, let’s say 1,000 addicted individuals, and I know that number is much higher, then we have 4-5 thousand family members who are suffering and hurting. Often times, these family members are enabling the problem and are unaware. This is the purpose of the course, to say hey this isn’t your fault. You’re not responsible for their addiction, but there are some ways for you to help your loved one and to stop enabling.”
Attending this group is free of charge.
For more information about PIECES, visit them on Facebook at Pieces Coalition or call 304-792-8690.
(Karissa Blackburn is a reporter for the Logan Banner. She can be reached at 304-784-7329 or on Twitter @kblackb2)