Support group forming for families with addiction deaths

CONNERSVILLE – Fayette Regional Health System wants to let families and friends of those who have lost loved ones to addiction know there is help and hope available in the community.

The first monthly meeting of a support group for those who have lost loved ones will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at The Ha*ven, 901 Meyer Ave.

“We are trying to reach out to the community and families and say ‘We’re here and we want to restore hope,’” said Katrina Norris, director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services. “We can’t bring your lost loved one back but we can support you and we will have qualified professionals there that deal with grief and loss on a pretty regular basis.”

Losing a child is hard to imagine for someone who has not been through that, she said. That’s not how it is suppose to work. The staff is volunteering their time to the project because they want to help the community.

The group will meet the first Thursday of the month at the same time and location, said Tim McDivitt, North Star Recover Center team leader.

Norris emphasized this is for those who have had someone die as the result of an addiction.

The support group is supported by North Star Center, a detoxification withdrawal center currently under construction at Fayette Regional.

While North Star is expected to open in June, the hospital’s intensive outpatient recovery program will be moving from the hospital to the former physicians office at 1908 Park Road. It is expected to open April 16.