Many of us have dealt with the pain of fighting addiction or seen the devastating effects it has on our friends and family. For those of us who have lost of a loved one to the disease, we offer you our deepest sympathy and support. When you’ve lost your family member or child to an addiction death, there many complex emotions that arise. At Infinite Recovery we’re here to help you and your family with your questions at any time, as well as point you toward resources to help you heal, grow and help others.
Resources for coping with grief
The grieving process for family members who experience the death of a loved one due to addiction can often be especially difficult and painful. Addiction is a messy disease that can leave you emotionally distraught, exhausted and feeling helpless for years. Couple that with a society that still doesn’t understand how sinister addiction is and a death can be very difficult to process.
When a loved one dies from addiction, the pain from our loss can feel overwhelming. Some of the immediate emotions we feel are shock, numbness, denial, confusion and disbelief. As time passes, these emotions may be replaced by others such as guilt, anger, loneliness, despair, sadness and regret. Every adult deals with grief and loss uniquely. Some choose to be expressive and open about their pain, while others may keep all of their feelings inside, not sharing it verbally with others.
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to grieve.
In our community there are many supportive groups as well as professionals to turn to. Groups that offer help with losing a family member include the following:
Groups for children, teens, and adults; Spanish groups
The Christi Center
Grief support, meetings and a library for anyone who has lost a loved one regardless of circumstances in their central Austin location.
General grief support groups – not specific to loss of child. This organization holds a structured, closed group for a thirteen-week session at numerous Austin locations.
The Compassionate Friends
Supporting those who have lost a child There is a chapter that meets in Round Rock. www.compassionatefriends.org
Scott & White Hospice Bereavement Services
General grief support groups Various locations including Georgetown.
Turning grief into action
Many bereaved parents have directed their emotions in positive ways, including working to change laws, build foundations, raise money, fund scholarships and more. Getting involved in the recovery community is a beautiful way to work through the loss of a loved one and change lives at the same time.
A local opportunity for philanthropy is the SIMS Foundation, founded after the tragic loss of a son, Sims Ellison, who was a prominent local musician and member of the band Pariah, one of Austin’s most popular hard-rock bands in the early 1990s. His father Don and others in the Austin music community have a mission to help other musicians who might be experiencing mental health and substance use challenges.
Communities for Recovery is another great organization that supports those in long-term recovery from substance use and co-occurring mental health issues. Funds they raise through Amplify Austin and other initiatives support walk-in coaching services, computer access, social events, financial workshops and many more resources that are provided free-of-charge to the Austin community.
At Infinite Recovery, we believe that healing is facilitated in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition to treatment for individuals with substance use disorder, we offer family counseling to the families of our patients. If you know someone who needs help with an addiction issues, contact us online or call (844) 206-9063 for a free confidential consultation.