Monthly, 18 and older, peer to peer grief support meetings for those who have lost someone they love to substance use disorder, addiction and/or overdose. We welcome anyone who has experienced this type of loss. There is a meeting the first Wednesday of the month at the Braintree Town Hall, located at 1 JFK Memorial Drive Braintree Massachusetts 02184 7:00-8:30 p.m. There is also a meeting the third Tuesday of the month at the New Way Recovery Center located at 85 Quincy Ave Quincy Massachusetts 02169 7:00-8:30 p.m. We also have a closed Facebook group for members who attend our in person groups.
Please contact us by phone or email to pre-register before your first meeting. Meetings are on an open ongoing basis after pre-registration. Currently facilitated by Robyn Houston-Bean, the meetings are not intended to replace therapy and/or counseling and the facilitator is not a licensed doctor or therapist.
Why Grief Support
Grief is a natural response to loss and is highly individual. Coping with the loss of someone you love from overdose or substance use disorder is difficult at best. With a sudden unexpected loss, you are thrown into a new world, often without the tools to know how to cope. You may experience all sorts of emotional and physical reactions. Profound sadness, longing, disbelief, depression, shock, anger, guilt and a hundred other emotions will be felt. Sleeplessness, brain fog, lack of appetite, and the feeling that your heart is actually physically breaking are just some of the reactions your body may go through. Know that you are not alone in these feelings and there is no right or wrong way to grieve.
In time, some of the feelings and reactions will change and you will find a way to live in your new world without the person you loved so much. By attending a support group, you are able to share and explore your feelings in a safe nonjudgmental place. We provide a space to escape the isolation that some people feel during their mourning process and a place to voice whatever you are feeling, no matter how strange it may sound. Our support groups provide you with a new community that you can lean on. People who don’t experience this type of loss may pressure you to get back to normal, know that we understand there is no such thing as normal to you anymore. Sometimes the hardest step is walking into the meeting. Take that step, and if you can’t talk at your first meeting because you are too emotional, that’s ok. You can still sit amongst us and when you are ready to talk we will listen.