When I first came into the world of Mental Disorders and Drug Addiction, I had nobody to turn to for support. We were in the emergency room and my family member was about to be admitted to the psychiatric ward for the first time. We had no idea who to call or what to do. We called our Clergyman who came to our aide but really had no experience in this field and was not equipped to guide us other than spiritually and with his friendship. That being said, this is one of my main reasons for agreeing to volunteer for SARDAA. It was a very lonely and scary journey for me and my family. We lived in isolation and in secrecy…. I have come a long way since that day and I feel so grateful to the people who I have met along the way. I also feel it is so important to give back and to help those who are in need of support.
After finding SARDAA and inquiring about a support group, I agreed to restart the Friends and Family Support Group (FFS). Our revamped Friends and Family Support Group had a successful first meeting on August 2nd. We were a small group but shared our experience, strength and hope and even formed new friendships. We urge you to try our program at least 6 times before you determine whether or not FFS and a Twelve Step Program is something you may benefit from. The group is a work in progress and we encourage comments and suggestions from all who call in.
Anonymity is an important principle of the FFS program. Everything that is said in the group meeting and member-to-member, must be held in strict confidence. Only in this way can we feel free to say what is in our minds and hearts, for this is how we help one another in our program. If you are not comfortable, you may even choose to stay quiet and just listen. Nobody knows who is on the phone unless you decide to announce yourself.
To those who joined us for our first meeting, I thank you and to those who were not able to dial in for the first meeting, I look forward to having you with us at future meetings.
Susan S., FFS Leader