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Local Group in Hanover Works to Help Families Cope with Addictions

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

COPE is support group for families dealing with drug addictions.

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COPE is a support group for families coping with substance addiction, particularly drugs.

The group was created sixteen years ago by a few parents who banded together to provide support to one another as their children struggled with drug addictions particularly crystal meth.

And while meth is still an issue, Spokesperson Jane Plant says opoids seem to be the biggest threat on the streets at this time.

Plant says COPE members have all been there, and they use their knowledge and experience to help others through this dark and trying time.

She stresses they are not there to push advice, but rather share strategies, resources and support one another.

Plant says there is no one size fits all solution, each situation is unique and requires its own individualized plan.

She strongly encourages family members who have a loved one with addictions to consider coming out to a COPE meeting.

She says the sooner you acknowledge the problem and seek out help, the better equipped you will be to help your loved one struggling with addictions.

Addiction abuse keeps Hanover's ER very busy and as such, the Hanover and District Hospital has recently partnered with COPE to provide the support group with a free meeting space large enough to accommodate the growing support group.

With the exception of Summer (once a month), COPE meets twice a month in the Board Room of the Hanover and District Hospital.

Sadly, Plant says the local drug abuse situation does not seem to be on the decline but rather on the rise.

She suspects public health data on overdoses may be somewhat skewed now that naloxone kits are readily available and overdoses can be treated and reversed without medical intervention.

Plant says the situation is quite disheartening, saying the number of fatal overdoses in the region sends a strong and frightening message.

Plant stresses to family members and those suffering with addictions that there is hope.

She says COPE has celebrated many success stories, she says her daughter is one of those success stories.

Plant strongly encourages families who are struggling to reach out to COPE and for those suffering with addictions to seek out the help and resources they need.

For more information on COPE you can visit their COPE Support Group Hanover Facebook page.
 

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