Hope Is Alive, a ministry that recently expanded to include a Claremore house, has announced a new service to the community — the Finding Hope support group.
“Finding Hope is a support group for loved ones of drug addicts and alcoholics,” said HIA’s Finding Hope Coordinator Amy LaRue. “It is a safe and confidential place where you can connect with others who understand the ups and downs of loving someone in addiction.”
LaRue said Finding Hope is a meeting where attendees will find education, inspiration, and a community of other loved ones who’ve been impacted by addiction.
“Our motto for Finding Hope is ‘You are not alone. It's not your fault. There is hope,’” she said.
Finding Hope is a support group for anyone who loves someone addicted to drugs or alcohol – whether they are in recovery or still actively using.
“We have moms, dads, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, grandfathers, grandmothers who attend,” LaRue said.
She said participants in Finding Hope groups in other HIA communities have shared stories of peace, hope, and solidarity after attending. LaRue said she’s seen it transform lives.
“I say it all the time ‘you don't get it unless you live it.’ When you are a part of a support group you are surrounded by people who understand the storm you are walking through,” she said. “You can be open and honest in a safe, judgmental-free environment. You’re able to take the mask off that you have been hiding behind for so long. In a support group you have the opportunity to listen to others who have overcome the struggles you are going through.”
Despite that, she knows some will be reluctant or even fearful at the thought of joining a support group.
“Often shame and guilt keep us from walking into support groups,” she said. “We blame ourselves, we don't want others to think we are ‘bad’ parents or spouses. We think, ‘I am not the one with the problem,’ etc. But the truth is, at Finding Hope you are surrounded by others who understand the shame and guilt you may be feeling, and you learn – ‘You are not alone. It's not your fault. There is hope.’”
Finding Hope kicks off in Claremore on Nov. 8. They will meet at Claremore FBC (Missions Building) at 6:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.