FFS Leader Message March 2013

February was quite an eventful month for me and my family. I hope you had the chance to read the article in the NY Times “A Guide In The Darkness” which featured my son Lance and myself. We were quite anxious going public in such a large way but the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and more importantly, Lance was ecstatic.


One of the 12-Step slogans is “You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets” and I can attest to that firsthand. I feel as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. We are no longer living with the “elephant in the room” and people have come out of the woodwork asking for help and sharing their personal journeys. When I made the decision to go forward with the interview I felt if I helped only one person I would have been happy. Also, I can now advocate on a much grander scale and help not only Lance but others as well.


The other miraculous milestone this month was Lance’s 3-year anniversary in Narcotics Anonymous. He asked me to present him with his coin and all of his siblings and even his grandparents attended the anniversary meeting. It was a magical and emotional evening. My heart is still swelling with pride and gratitude.


Please spread the word about Family & Friends Tuesday Support Group so others can benefit from the support we give one another. We cannot do this alone!


“No man is an island,

No man stands alone,

Each man’s joy is joy to me,

Each man’s grief is my own.

We need one another,

So I will defend,

Each man as my brother,

Each man as my friend.”



Until next month,

Susan Sheena, FFS Leader


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