Shhhh…. no one wants to talk about parents using drugs.
But some are caught in an addiction. Might be alcohol. Might be prescription drugs. Might be heroin. (see below)
At St. Bernard's we've buried sixteen parents over the past four years who died from drug-related causes.
We want to help families who are affected by drug abuse. People think it's "just the kids."
Well, it IS the kids. And the parents -- and the grandparents sometimes too.
You are not alone on this journey -- help is available for you and your loved ones.
Here are some resources.
Nar-Anon Family Groups
Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD)
Nassau County Office: (516)747-2606
Nassau County Drug and Alcohol Hotline
For help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week call:
YES Community Counseling Center in Levittown
Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs Directory
At St. Bernard's we have a small team of volunteer professionals who can also assist with resources to help.
Fill in this form and someone will contact you within a few days. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 right away.
Drug abuse -- especially heroin and prescription opioid use has risen to traumatic levels. Alcohol abuse is also prevalent.
People who drive up your block might be under the influence of one substance or another.
Parents may be medicating their personal pain with these kinds of drugs and are raising their children impaired by chemicals.
And as always, we are concerned about young people who use drugs socially or to mask their own fears and pain.
If you're dealing with any of this, you probably are also dealing with feelings of fear, anger, worry and guilt.
That's normal. But most importantly, as Jesus said, "fear is useless…what is needed is love."
So the loving thing to do in these cases is to get help for ourselves or our loved ones.
Some typical signs that drug use might be happening…
• Casual deception
• Withdrawal from family
• Loss of interest in hobbies and friends
• Change in sleeping habits
• Trouble at work or in school
• Loss of a job
• Wearing long sleeves out of season
• Loss or increase in appetite; weight loss or gain
At St. Bernard we have made our former school building available to several 12 Step groups and a Vivitrol Support Group.
We continue to do what we can do to help.