former support group

I belonged to a "in person" support group that I believe was rather unique.  Although I also attended Al Anon, this support group "let you" talk about your loved one.  And we had a few drug counselors who were struggling with their grown children so it was an added bonus to have "experts" amongst us.  I know, typically, many support groups (it doesn't matter what it's for) can sometimes be counter-productive because members will complain, about whatever it is they're complaining about, which pulls everyone down, including the one venting.  For the most part it was not the case in our group.  In the beginning, the group sometimes was so large but toward the end it was just our core group that we bonded with.  Since then we went our separate ways but keep in contact every now and then mainly through e-mail.  Found out that one couple's son was found by a bus stop by a stranger - lying on the ground with a massive head injury.  Parent's are not sure he's going to make it.  A single mom, who used to call me once a week, daughter just left rehab before she was supposed to.  And our county drug counselor/educator's son was just released from prison.  This was his 3rd "visit".  I hope the dad will be okay.  I know he felt his son was safe in jail.  I never met his son but I understand that he was a really nice kid, great student, but.....those darn drugs.  

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It makes you feel fortunate when you look at the devestation around you! All good people and intentions ... I also have an acquaintance who feels that jail is the safest place for her son who is alchoholic ...Take Care!!