This past Wednesday I attended KPCC’s very first addiction support group for family members and loved ones of addicts. I’m not an addict myself – that’s not to say I couldn’t be. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t affect a specific race, gender, age group or social class. Addiction can creep up on anyone.

I won’t get into the dynamics of the group, other than to say it’s both supportive and educational in nature. But I can tell you this: everyone there has something in common and it’s a relief to be surrounded by people who understand. In fact, I had a particularly strong connection with the lady who sat next me.

This morning she sent me an email, offering her encouragement along with a link to a video depicting addiction. I watched in silence with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat. It’s too moving not to share.

Addiction is scary, lonely and destructive for everyone involved. Whether you are battling addiction yourself or watching someone you love fight the battle, you aren’t alone.

More information about our support groups can be found here.

We hope to see you.