Support Group for Parents of Addicts and Alcoholics

Learn about our Caring Community’s support for people struggling with addiction and brokenness (congregants, or not; Jewish or not):
Support Group for Parents of Addicts and Alcoholics
*2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting on November 12 from 7-8:30pm
*Rodeph Shalom, parking available, enter on Mt. Vernon Street
Dear Community,
     We are members of the Caron Parents Group; parents of children with drug and alcohol addictions and, often, co-occurring mental illness. These diseases affect their mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Their addiction and suffering has made us sick, too. How can a parent not be affected by the behaviors and trauma of an addicted child?
     We welcome any parent, (grandparent, guardian) that has a child with drug and alcohol problem, dependency or addiction. We are not addiction specialists. We are simply parents helping other parents. We understand and support each other in our own recovery – not our child’s recovery – OUR recovery. Sharing with each other helps us stop feeling so terribly alone, gain knowledge and strength and make clearer, better and more informed decisions Many of us attend 12 Step meetings, and we believe and encourage attendance at these meetings as they can be very helpful, but as a group we are not affiliated with any other group.  
     We meet to change our behavior—how we react to the addictive behavior of others. We share our stories, discuss various topics and, from time to time, have professionals in the recovery field inform us about treatment options. Sometimes, we invite addicts in recovery to share with us their stories. The format for our meetings is flexible.
     No one is turned away, no affiliation with Caron or RS is necessary, and there is never a charge to attend our meetings. At first, we become acquainted, then we become friends, and over time many of us have become close in a way that only those recovering from a common trauma can understand. We openly, but anonymously, share our experience, strength and hope. We help each other see that recovery is possible for us and for our children. We learn we no longer need to be held hostage by the disease of addiction and our codependency.
Respectfully, Members of the Philadelphia Caron Parents Support Groups
For more information: https://www.caron.org/alumni/support-groups/parent-family or contact Rabbi Jill Maderer at 215-627-6747 x16 or rabbimaderer@rodephshalom.org.

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