Importance of support for families of addicts

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 90 Americans die each day from opiod overdose.

While millions of Americans are facing addiction, their families are also navigating through the trauma that addiction causes.

Mother of three, Lilly, says her son's addiction began after he was prescribed painkillers for an injury. That eventually led to heroin abuse. She says the entire family has lived through a constant state of chaos and fear.

"It truly is important for a family to get support. It does destroy the family, it is a family illness," Lilly said.

She says it's been helpful to talk to other parents of addicts and has found some refuge online where she can talk to others going through the same thing.

While our instinct is to isolate, being involved in the community and talking about the devastating effects of addiction can help.

After multiple relapses and rehabs, Lilly's son is in recovery and is doing well today.

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Liz Hayes
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