Hi my name is Lorraine, I came to fFASN when things were very low at my home. My son was on drugs and had got into trouble with the police and drug dealers. Myself and my partner were at our wits end, I couldn’t function or cope. I was avoiding going out and I didn’t want to meet people incase they asked me how I was. I couldn’t speak to anyone even my family for fear of judgement even though my family are the best…but I was afraid of ruining my sons reputation ( ironic, looking back now). I found out about FASN from a good friend. I went to my first meeting and I have never left – the support and compassion, shared experiences and genuiness I encountered there was unbelievable.
I met other people like myself who were in similar situations. No one tells you what to do but they help you to do the right thing for yourself. I was lucky my son went into recovery and things have gotten much better. We are back to a normal life but I still do the work on myself so I don’t end up going back to where I was.
Addiction was no stranger to me as I grew up in alcohol addiction with my dad, with the result I never drank much at all, so never once did I think I would be dealing with addiction again. I don’t know what I would have done without FASN & the educational courses and weekends they provide. The weekends give respite to a very stressed mind and the courses help to explore our own behaviour. I for one will be forever grateful to all the people I’ve met along my journey in FASN.
I keep attending the meetings now to offer my hope and support to anyone like myself who comes through the doors looking for the same help I once did.