A collaboration in La Crosse is hosting a series of community talks related to addiction. The first of those is on Wednesday, September 13 and will hear perspectives from mothers who have experienced a loved one struggling with addictions.
Addiction is a disease that does not just affect the person struggling, but also the loved ones around that person. Just as many who are struggling with addiction feel shame or embarrassment asking for help, the same can happen for friends and family members. By being open with that discussion, the mothers speaking hope others dealing with similar situations can hear them and know that they are not the only parents struggling.
Parents Jean and Lorie spoke with News 19 about the community conversation and asked that we only use their first names.
"We're willing to be out there to help them if they're feeling that pain and that chaos," said Jean. "It's 'Where did you go?' or 'How did you handle this?' or 'What did you do?'"
"This disease is just too tricky and too cunning," said Lorie. "By reaching out for help, we can make a difference, we can get through it together for the best possible outcome."
The community conversation session is Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cargill Room at The Waterfront on Front Street. The program will have a clinical overview presentation followed by three mothers sharing their personal stories. The night will conclude with panel questions and table discussion. It is open to the public.