ONTARIO — Addiction affects more than the victim, but can impact parents, siblings, children and grandparents.
In 2006 Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, a peer-to-peer support group was formed nationally to help parents and other family members learn to cope with those who are addicted and assist them.
Education lessons are part of weekly local meetings, that are free, that people can directly attend or can participate by phone if in-person meetings are not available.
Promoting the local program at the Hands Around the Park recovery celebration was Kathleen Moore. She helps facilitate the local group after she and her husband initially joined the group and learned how to deal with their son who was addicted to methamphetamines.
“We are parents helping parents,” she said.
“We help parents get on the same page,” Moore said.
This is so addicted relatives cannot manipulate them, pitting one parent against the other.
The program is open to individuals 18 and older, Moore said, mentioning that some may be dealing with addicts into their 70s, others may be dealing with parents who are addicts or their adult children who are addicts.
It is important to treat addicts like adults but keep them away from the financial strings.
“It shows loved ones we believe they can do it,” Moore said.
Local PAL meetings are held every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Church Nazarene in Ontario, but people came from as far away Boise and Nampa, she said.
“PAL needs more volunteers,” Moore said. “My husband [Brett] and I are both facilitators. There is a lot of hurting parents out there.”