Support for you can help the whole family
“Taking that first step can be difficult”. What can you expect when you contact your local peer family support group?
- A trained facilitator will listen to your story with empathy & understanding
- Provide support
- Introduce you to the family support group
I joined family support on the recommendations of my son’s councillor, at that stage I was at my wits end. It was so hard on that first night walking into the meeting, by the time I actually felt “Normal” I was so welcomed and sympathetically listened too, I felt part of the group, I could speak freely, the relief was unbelievable. Much has changed since that night many years ago, through it all family support has walked through the good and bad times. We have laughed and cried. I am grateful to be part of ever-increasing groups that I genuinely consider “Family”.
I found the peer family support group a wonderful support, it’s great to share with people who know what you’re going through and they can empathise with you, you can learn ways of responding to the problem.
My son`s path of drug and alcohol abuse brought me on a journey which I thought in my world did not exist. I have experienced shame, disappointments, broken relationship, divided between the love of my addicted son and the love of my other three beautiful children who have always remained on the right path. I have experienced the Irish justice system where disrespect by some members of An Garda Síochána was without dignity and respect for other human beings and for us as a family. I have also experienced Prison service and probation service opening up a different world, the fear of entering that world was overwhelming. The financial implication on our family was very difficult much to the detriment of all our family.
In all of my experience I would not have been able to make it through without the help of Family Support, to be able to express yourself in a safe non-judgemental environment, to feel you are not alone that you are not going insane, to cry to laugh to share, to develop skills so that you can cope with the ever ending court cases, but most importantly to know that I DID NOT CAUSE THIS, I CANNOT CONTOL IT AND I CERTAINLY CANNOT CURE HIM.