Families Learn How to Cope with Recovering Addicts

Marilyn Taylor and her husband know about substance abuse first because their son is a recovering addict.

"This is the most help that we've ever received with our son and he's had an addiction since he was 16 and he's 27," says Taylor.

He's recovering with the help of WestCare, which offers substance abuse treatment services. Those in the Pikeville community gathered Tuesday night for a family support and recovery management meeting, sponsored by the organization.

"What we hear is how distraught families are about the drug problem in Kentucky and how the don't know what to do," says Carol Renard, Director of Programs for WestCare.

Renard and her husband travel the country, educating families on the importance of seeking help for loved ones with an addiction and workers at the WestCare facility here in Eastern Kentucky say community meetings are the answer.

Mike Williams is the Clinical Director for the WestCare Men's Center and says "Drug addiction and alcohol addiction and disease, it's a family disease, not an individual disease and it can only be fixed involving family members."

"I've been raising his 21 month old baby girl and he need to be home to help me raise here. She wants her daddy home, "says Taylor.

She'll be able to see him soon thanks to the help he's received.

For more information visit www.westcare.com

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