The secret support group: 'Families are too ashamed to speak up about addiction'

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So many individuals consider mother and father are someway liable for their youngsters’s addictions. That’s why we get virtually zero help

Each Tuesday night time we gathered round a desk in a stuffy room of a dilapidated group centre in suburban Sydney to inform the tales of our addicted youngsters. Tales that always seemed like clichéd storylines from the plot B of police procedurals: of the 16-year-old scholarship woman prostituting herself to her supplier, the previous captain of the varsity soccer workforce whose arms are bruised black with perforations, the daughter who begged for a five-minute cigarette break from her psychological well being unit with a view to rating from the ice vendor who hangs across the hospital gate.

Sometimes the 20 moms, fathers and grandparents talked concerning the potential for a dramatic TV collection based mostly on their tales of intercourse, crime and medicines. However at different occasions the tales appear so drained and repetitive that any display model would danger resembling a Latin American-style cleaning soap opera.

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