PUTNAM COUNTY – When Libby (not her real name) went to her first
Al-Anon gathering, she felt like the speaker was herself talking. The
speaker talked about how you are totally consumed when someone you love
has an addiction. For Libby, it was her daughter who is a heroin addict.
While her daughter was in a rehab program, family members were asked to
take part in an informational meeting before visitations to learn about
the addiction and what to do when the person comes home.
first week Libby attended an informational meeting she went to her first
Al-Anon meeting. Al-Anon Family groups is an established community
resource for people who have been affected by another’s use of alcohol
or drugs. Al-Anon consists of nonprofessional mutual support groups in
which the identity of all members is protected.
Libby said she decided to start a Putnam County chapter.
are many that struggle with a loved one’s addiction within the county
and surrounding counties,” Libby said. “Al-Anon is a way to help those
that feel helpless against the destruction of the disease.”
said it is very difficult to have a loved one with an addiction. “You
learn you have your own addiction,” she said. “You find that every focus
of your life is on that addiction. You can’t do anything and your life
Libby said once she joined Al-Anon she
learned she was not alone. The members shared their common problems,
hopes and comfort each other.
Al Anon is a program that can aid the recovery for the entire family, Libby said.
“It takes a village to help an addict and their family,” Libby said.
hopes that people who need the support will attend the “Never Alone
Putnam County Al-Anon” meetings. The weekly meetings 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, at New Creation Church, 8127 East Main Street (US
224), Ottawa. You do not have to pre-register to attend. The program is
for those affected by alcohol or drug addiction.
“I just encourage
anyone dealing with an addict not to be ashamed and not to feel like
they are alone,” Libby said. “I want them to know they can come to these
meetings to talk and share about their experiences.”
“You don’t even have to share your experience,” Libby said. “You can come and listen as others share.”
understand that the person we love who has become addicted is not
perfect, but has hit a bump in the road and made a bad choice.”