Course and support group offered for parents coping with a child's addiction

Take Back Your Life, a six-week course for parents coping with the drug or alcohol addiction of a child, will be offered on Thursdays, April 19-May 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Church of The Saviour, 2537 Lee Road. The course will be taught by licensed counselors Ellen Bishko and Roy Nichols. The cost is $150 per person or $225 per couple.

For the past 12 years, Chagrin Falls residents Nikki and John Corrigan have opened their home once a month, on Saturday, to parents whose children are suffering from addiction. The couple founded the support group Parents of Adult Addicted Children (PAAC) in 1999, after they had participated in the Take Back Your Life course.

Their youngest daughter, Elizabeth, was 29 at the time and addicted to heroin and alcohol. Her addiction affected the amily in many ways, including money spent on treatment and court fees; stolen property within and outside the home; wrecked cars; and broken family relationships. The Corrigans organized the group to help parents take control of their lives and overcome the feelings of guilt, shame or failure that they often feel. Their daughter is now 42 and in recovery.

For more information about the course or the support group, contact John Corrigan at 440-840-0177 or johnhcorrigan@gmail.com.

Heights Observer Staff

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