For caregivers supporting loved ones affected by substance use, the journey can feel like a lonely one. Whether a mom, dad, grandparent, spouse, sibling or friend, caregivers shoulder worry, shame, guilt and despair.
Holding Hope Peer Support Groups were founded by Moms Stop the Harm (MSTH), a network of Canadian families affected by substance use-related harms and deaths. The support groups provide a safe space for caregivers to come together to share stories and resources without stigma, and to build strength and resilience.
Says Jacquie Huser, the project coordinator for Interior Parent Peer Support, “Holding Hope groups are about walking the same journey as other caregivers – without stigma, without judgement. They offer an opportunity to feel less alone on a challenging, difficult journey.”