Check out our new Resource Guide for Families and Friends of Persons with Substance Use Disorders
Families and Friends of Persons with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) can use support too!
You are not alone!
Check out these support groups for those who have a loved one dealing with a SUD! Attending these support groups can bring you peace of mind, new friends that can be supports for when the going gets rough, and understanding of your loved one’s disease and recovery process.
Nothing changes, nothing changes, give something new a try!
Check out Not One More NWPa’s new pamphlet with support groups in Meadville just for family and friends!
We are pleased to partner with Rockin’ Rich of Forever Media and Jamey Huselton of Meadville Counseling Center and French Creek Community Church to offer the Overdose Memorial Tree at the Downtown Mall Meadville again this year. Join us to memorialize those lost to the disease of addiction. There will be resources, and ornaments that you can put your loved ones names on to remember them. See the event at Overdose Memorial Tree.
Here are some of the highlights of Burlington’s strategy:
– Support and propagate needle exchanges (done in BTV); – Give out buprenorphine at needle exchanges to basically any user who requests it (BTV is doing it); – Give out buprenorphine at the emergency room to anyone who presents with an addiction and requests it (BTV doing it); – Treat every prisoner who needs it with buprenorphine, methadone or vivitrol as best fits them (Vermont is at least trying); – Stop arresting and prosecuting for simple misdemeanor-level possession of non-prescribed addiction treatment meds (our city’s police & prosecutor policy); – Stop requiring total abstinence in recovery housing and allow people stabilized on addiction treatment meds to live in them (not even close); – Equip users with the tools to test their drugs for fentanyl (Vermont is doing it); – Create enough capacity to eliminate wait lists at treatment hubs (almost there in VT); – Train primary care doctors to treat addiction and prescribe addiction meds (making progress in VT); – Return the opioid prescribing rate to pre-epidemic levels (on the way in VT); – Recognize addiction as a chronic disease and that abstinence-based therapy only works a small percent of the time, for certain people (old stigmas die hard); – Saturate communities with Naloxone (done in Vermont)
Not One More is in the process of creating programming on some of these fronts. Join us if you want to see these initiatives implemented in our community.
He closes powerfully with a call to action:
Maddie’s gone. She can’t feel your sorrow. But others are next. Some aren’t beautiful. Others look nothing like you. Some are like Maddie’s twin, and have little children too. They are all human beings and they need our help. Go. Get to work. We still need to earn the feelings her obituary inspired in us. We should have felt them years ago.
In her memory, Madelyn’s parents wrote a beautiful, sobering obituary for their beloved daughter. The families of those with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) are everywhere and they suffer mightily. That “junkie” you deride is someone’s child. Madelyn’s parents noted this in the closing stating:
If you are reading this with judgment, educate yourself about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness. And chances are very good that someone you know is struggling with it, and that person needs and deserves your empathy and support.
They also noted that if you are struggling with a Substance Use Disorder, you can always start over! You can close that chapter, turn the page, flip the script! They also note that they are praying and rooting for you!
If you yourself are struggling from addiction, know that every breath is a fresh start. Know that hundreds of thousands of families who have lost someone to this disease are praying and rooting for you. Know that we believe with all our hearts that you can and will make it. It is never too late.
If you need help, it is available! Addiction is a disease and it is treatable! Check out LetsTalkHelps.com for a wealth of resources and a local person in recovery who can help you navigate the treatment process. We have a comprehensive resource page here.
Read Madelyn’s obituary here. Our condolences to Madelyn’s parents and loved ones, and a thank you for their courage and kind words of encouragement to those still suffering. In loving memory of Madelyn and all of those who have lost the struggle with Substance Use Disorders.
Check out this new podcast “Finding Fixes” to hear some solutions being developed in Washington to address the opioid epidemic. This episode explores Medication Assisted Treatment, telemedicine, and transportation issues. We need to explore solutions if we want to turn the tide on this opioid epidemic. Check out the podcast here.