Support Group Event

LTM Grief Support Group for Substance Related Deaths

Thu, Aug 10 - 7:00pm

Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Rd, Bartlett, IL

Open to the Public

If you have lost a family member or friend to substance abuse, we know how difficult the journey can be and we don't want you to travel it alone. Our monthly support group brings together survivors who find comfort and healing with those who have shared a similar experience. 

When: Second Thursday of Every Month
Where: Meet at Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett, Bartlett, IL 60103
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Event is free and open to the public.

The meeting is led by Felicia Miceli Andonoplas, LTM President and Grief Survivor and a Clinical Social Worker with 40 years of experience. The meeting is open to the public.

Our group discussion topics include:

  • Healing Process
  • Stages of Grief
  • Sharing Personal Stories and Experiences
  • Ideas for coping and self-care

For more information, click on the flier below. 

LTM Support Group for Families Dealing with Addiction - Bartlett Area

Thu, Aug 24 - 7:00pm

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1244 W. Army Trail Rd., Carol Stream IL

Open to the Public

Our family support group serves those affected by addiction in the Bartlett/Carol Stream area. This monthly support group is open to family and friends of those struggling with addiction. Learn about coping skills, how to take care of yourself and available resouces in a confidential, caring environment. 

When: Fourth Thursday of Every Month
Where: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1244 W. Army Trail Road, Room 124, Carol Stream, IL 60188
Time: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Cost: Event is free and open to the public

Parent Support Network Available

The people at the national non-profit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids have created programs that may help you, and help you help your family. These programs are available free of charge. 

The Partnership's Parents Toll-Free Helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE or 1-855-378-4373) is a nationwide, non-crisis, support service that offers assistance to parents and other primary caregivers of children who want to talk to someone about their child's drug use and drinking. 

The Partnership has also developed a peer-to-peer Parent Coaching program. All volunteer Parent Coaches have been personally affected by substance abuse. Their experience vary widely: some have children in recovery; some ave lost loved ones; some are in recovery themselves. What they have in common is deep compassion for anyone who is trying to deal with a loved one's substance use. 

Parent Coaching through the Partnership happens by phone. Typically, coaches and parents seeking support talk once a week over the course of five to six weeks. Coaching is not psychotheraphy. Coaches are fellow parents who have "been there" and want to make others' lives a little easier. 

Both the Helpline and the Parent Coaching program use concepts based in CRAFT - Community Reinforcement and Family Training. Both the Helpline and Parent Coaching program use the 20 Minute Guide which was developed by Center for Motivation and Change, to make CRAFT and motivational interviewing techniques understandable and useful to all kinds of families. 

To talk to a Helpline parent specialist, please call 1-855-DRUGFREE or visit drugfree.org/helpline. The Helpline is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET. Outside those hours, please leave a message or use the Contact Us form to identify a time when you can talk. 

If you are interested in coaching, please speak with your Helpline specialist, or indicate your interest by completing the Contact Us form.