I am the parent of a opiate addict who is in long term recovery. The road has been long and devastating. Learn to Cope saved my life, and quite probably my son’s. Before I found Learn to Cope, I had no idea what to do, where to go, how to process my emotions and most important, how to help my son.
A friend told me about Learn to Cope; she had attended the meeting in Brockton. I looked online and found the closest meeting and went – somewhat terrified and not expecting much. When I walked into a room absolutely full of people, I realized that I wasn’t alone. I saw immediately that there were caring people around me, all of whom were going through the same hardships as I was. Through the education that I received through Learn to Cope, and most of all, the support and understanding that was so freely given to me, I was able to face my son’s addiction head on and help him. He did not find recovery right away, but there was always a shoulder for me to cry on in my Learn to Cope family. Also significant was that I learned to stop enabling, and to find some peace in my own life, despite the difficulties. My son’s recovery has been sweet, but those of us in this world all know that this can turn on a dime; yet I know that I will always have a place to turn for support. Learn to Cope has given me some very close friends and a network of support and serenity.