MIAMI COUNTY — Michelle Bruner knows what it’s like to be lied to, stolen from and let down over and over again.
She is the mother of a heroin addict.
Bruner, an Anna resident, found help to cope with the roller coaster ride of emotions when dealing with a loved one who is addicted to drugs.
It’s a life of uncertainty she deals with every day.
“It’s a dark, empty feeling and it sucks the life out of you,” said Bruner of how her son’s addiction has affected her life.
Bruner has found help through “The Addict’s Mom” group on social media outlet Facebook. Through the closed group (information is not made public unless you are a member), Bruner has met with parents of local addicts to share information, local resources to help one another and to meet in person to help cope with their loved one’s addiction.
“We are supporting families who are dealing with their family members who are addicted to prescription pills and heroin,” Bruner said. “It’s a growing support group, unfortunately, but it brings mothers, fathers together to provide support when there is no one else who understands what people like us are going through.”
The Addict’s Mom currently has 20,000 members spread across the United States.
Bruner said the messages the group is based on are “Sharing without Shame” and “Together We Really Are Stronger.”
“This drug turns our loved ones in to monsters, basically,” Bruner said.”I never thought in a million years that my son would be an addict, but all it took was one friend to introduce him to drugs.”
Bruner said she understands what many parents are going through with the lies, the theft and the uncertainty of their loved ones’ sobriety when their family members do receive help.
“There needs to be support out here for the family unit,” she said. “There are signs. They are there when they are teenagers doing it, and if you see that, you can hopefully get out in front of it before it’s too late.”
Bruner said The Addict’s Mom group has a state chapter has helped her cope and “realize its OK to share without shame.”
Bruner said the local “TAM” group has recently begun meeting with one another and are starting public awareness initiatives. The local chapter which Bruner belongs to consists of family members located in Miami and Shelby counties.
This free membership site was launched, giving mothers support, valuable low cost resources to help their addicted children and a place to share with other mothers and family members. The Addict’s Mom of Ohio will have local chapters available in most cities throughout the state, according to the press release.
The Addict’s Mom helps create personal change and healing among the broken spirits of the addict’s moms. There have been hundreds of testimonials from members saying how much the Addict’s Mom group has positively impacted their lives.
For those who are interested, you can begin by emailing Tamofohio@gmail.com or visiting the Ohio link at www.facebook.com/groups/TAMOhio/
If you have any addition questions about the group, contact Bruner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Yingst can be reached at (937) 440-5254 or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews