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David A. Royer

ADAMH Chief Executive Officer

The Tough Questions of Addiction

How do we help?
Where do we go?
Is this my fault?
How could this happen to our family?
If I had only known sooner, could I have done something differently?

These are the questions I hear over and over again from family members who have a loved one struggling with addiction. And it is not just in my professional life that I hear these questions. Like many of you in the community, these conversations occur at the grocery store; at church; at the gym and at the barber shop. People are struggling in every neighborhood across Franklin County.

I have seen firsthand the devastation addiction has on entire families and we want to do something to help. That is why the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board created this web portal. It provides facts from experts, links to resources and offers the opportunity to join a virtual connection to other families who have a shared experience.

We know this journey can be a long, difficult one. And as loved ones, you may not be able to fix everything but ADAMH and our network of providers hear you and we want you to know you are not alone. Hopefully, this web portal will offer you a place to find information, support and hope. Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. Together we can heal.

Also, we want to hear from you. If there are other resources that have been helpful to your family and you want to share them with others, please email togetherfamiliesheal@adamhfranklin.org. We will review that information and add it to the site when appropriate.

Treatment Works. Recovery Happens.