For loved ones of someone who is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, it’s important to know how to best help. In addition, it is vital that family and friends take care of themselves as well. Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services (BHTS) hold a Support Group for anyone affected by another person’s substance abuse.

Support Group
Every Monday
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
310 West Main St., Ottumwa
No Charge, Open to the Public
No one needs to be in Substance Abuse Treatment

Family members and friends of a substance misuser have many questions and concerns. It’s tough to live with and/or support someone who has this disorder. A mistrust builds between people, and the stress of the situation can persist for years. Making it hard for everyone in this situation. Friendship and family are thrown off-balance. Along with many other physical symptoms, loved ones might experience feelings of:

Depression           Grief         Guilt         
Shame            Anxiety         Blame

To provide the love and support a substance user needs to heal, family and friends need to take care of their own health. Connecting with peers struggling with the same battle can help with the feelings of isolation, stress, and psychological effects. Being in a group that provides a safe, nonjudgmental space for family and friends to learn, discuss, and overcome. Learning skills to help handle the personal problems they’re facing.

Sieda BHTS offers the Support Group at no cost, is open to the public, and you don’t need to have anyone in treatment. The group is to educate and assist anyone affected by another person’s substance misuse. If you have any questions, please contact us at 641-683-6747. We look forward to seeing you.