Local Facebook group supporting families dealing with drug addiction

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Members of a local online support group will come together in support of parents and families who have dealt or are dealing with drug addiction.

The Facebook group is called "Parents and Families of Addicts in the Eau Claire Area." Organizers say they will be hosting a picnic in Carson Park on Sunday.

Organizer and mother Tammy Hoppe says her support group has helped her deal with her son's heroin addiction.

“I prepared his obituary in my head,” said Hoppe. “I prepared his funeral in my head because heroin is not going to let you go alive. You either recover, you end up in prison, or you die.”

After her son's battle with addiction, Hoppe is working to help others in her community understand they aren't alone.

“You're going to feel like you're alone, you're going to feel like your world is ending, and there's nobody there for you.” said Hoppe. “Our group is there for you.”

She says being a part of multiple support groups has helped her cope and has also helped her support her son.

Manager of in-patient Behavioral Health at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, Hayley Willetts, says having the support of your family could make or break a person on the road to recovery.

“It’s really important to have your family involved,” said Willets. “You’re not in this fight alone.”

The picnic is a chance for families to share stories and support one another.

Hoppe says this picnic will be a celebration but also a chance to mourn for those who have lost loved ones to addiction.

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