Please join us for HAALO's weekly support group meeting for family members affected by a loved ones heroin addiction. Our group focuses on emotional support, educational resources, and practical tools to help yourself and strengthen your family. Heroin addiction is growing in the valley. More and more families are being devastated by the impact of a loved ones drug use. HAALO is here to help you move forward with your own well-being regardless of whether your loved one is ready to address their addiction. We also will help you implement the tools to guide your loved one toward a healthier lifestyle rather than enabling their drug use. Issues addressed at HAALO meetings: Emotion support for yourself Establishing healthy boundaries with addicted loved ones The impact of heroin addiction on family dynamics What it means to love a heroin addict How to identify when a loved one is using heroin What to do if you find your loved one in a heroin overdose Healthy family roles What is enabling and how to stop What to do when your loved one does not want help How to help an addicted loved one who wants to change How to support a loved one receiving treatment for their addiction Reintegrating a loved one back into the family after treatment Taking care of yourself and protecting the entire family unit And much more... Here is the story of one of our HAALO members: "Broken family, fatherless children, unconditional love that has been tested to the limits. A roller coaster ride that we would all love to jump off of. A son, an uncle, a dad, a cousin, a heroin addict, my brother. Never did I think that 5 years after losing my dad to an addiction battle he never could win.. I would be waking up each day wondering if today's the day I get the call that my brother has over dosed, is dead or in jail. Heroin has controlled every part of his life. A man that used to be the most amazing father three little girls could ever ask for has now become an absentee dad and a distant memory. My heart hurts and breaks for what has become of the once close relationship we had. I've battled with my emotions, fear and love on how to fix this situation only to realize that I can't. I cannot be the enabling sister, I cannot be the soft spot to land on anymore. Tough love is not what i enjoy but I cannot want a clean, healthy, drug free life more than he does. I realized I was loving him to death. I long for the day that the phone rings and it's my little brother calling ready to change his life, ready to fight for everything he once had and more. Unfortunately, reality and fear is that that call will be that of the powerful drug winning his battle. If only he knew how unconditionally loved he is, how many resources are available, and what an amazing life there is out there to live... Would maybe he then realize he can control his destiny. He can take his life back. Until then.. I pray. I pray for the day heroin let's go and I get my brother back, and three little girls get their daddy back." Jericho L. Please come and join us. All group meetings are free of charge and open to anyone affected by a loved ones heroin use. Get the tools and support you need to help yourself and heal your family. Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm Living Water Lutheran Church 9201 E. Happy Valley Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255 www.haaloaz.org Call us anytime at 928533O352 for more information.