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Herren Project Online Support Groups

Online Support Groups

Herren Project hosts live online support groups for families and loved ones affected by drug or alcohol addiction. Support groups meet weekly in an online video classroom and are offered free of charge. All you need is a computer or phone to join.

All groups are led by licensed clinicians who are able to offer clinical insight. They combine support and education to provide a well-rounded perspective on how to cope with their loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction or the loss of their love one. Attendees have the chance to ask questions, support each other and discuss their current situation.

All are welcome and participation (speaking/sharing) is not required. You must be 18 years of age to participate.

Groups are limited in size to offer the best level of support and education and may be closed from time to time. Please check specific registration forms for details and to be added to the waiting list.

Grief Support Groups

Tuesdays:  6:30pm  |  8:00pm
Wednesdays: 
7:00pm  |  8:00pm

Herren Project’s addiction grief support group is for individuals grieving from losing a loved one to drug addiction, alcoholism, or a drug overdose.

This group is open to:

  • parents who have lost a child
  • children who have lost a parent
  • brothers and sisters who have lost a sibling
  • spouses who have lost a partner
  • individuals who have lost a friend

The grief addiction support group provides a safe place to share experiences about the impact of losing someone to an overdose death or drug and alcohol-related death. People typically find solitude and benefit from receiving support from peers who share similar experiences. The close-knit community that forms helps work through feelings with those who have endured the same tragedy. A counselor will cover various topics related to grief and grief recovery from both an educational and supportive standpoint. All groups are led by licensed clinicians or social workers who specialize in grief counseling. Sensitive issues may be discussed. All groups meet on EST.

Register

Rebecca Helman O'Dowd herren project grief support group leaderRebecca Helman, LICSW
Lead Clinician
Tues at 6:30pm & 8:00pm
Wed at 7:00pm

Heidi PlattHeidi Platt, MS, QMHP, SUDCC-IV-CS
Group Facilitator

Wed at 8:00pm

GAF Group (Grief & Family Support Combined)

Mondays:  6:30pm

The GAF Group, Grief and Family Support Combined, are for individuals who have a family member or significant other struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction and are also grieving the loss of a loved one to the disease. Trying to cope with the loss of a loved one as well as someone in active addiction or recovery is challenging and filled with a much more complicated rollercoaster of emotions. Herren Project knows that this requires an entirely different group for support. A safe place for families struggling to share their feelings of grief, guilt, shame, anxiety, and anger.

Herren Project’s family support groups provide a safe peer-to-peer environment where family members can work through feelings with others who have shared experiences. Group members will have time to express concerns, ask questions, and share progress and celebrate victories about the effect the abuse of substances has had on their families. Counselors will also educate group members on topics like codependency, how to create and maintain healthy boundaries, and self-care.

All family addiction support groups are led by licensed clinicians and social workers who have experience in drug and alcohol-related addiction counseling. All groups meet on EST.

Register

Rebecca Helman O'Dowd herren project grief support group leaderRebecca Helman, LICSW
Lead Clinician

Family Support Groups

Mondays: 8:00pm
Tuesdays: 5:30pm | 6:30pm | 7:30pm
Wednesdays: 12:00pm | 5:00pm | 8:00pm
Thursdays:
7:00pm | 10:00pm

Family addiction support groups are for individuals who have a family member or significant other struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. Addiction is a “family disease.” An addicted person not only negatively impacts their own life but also those around them. Families of addicts struggle to cope with their loved ones’ addictive choices and find themselves struggling with feelings of guilt, shame, anxiety, and anger.

Herren Project’s family support groups provide a safe peer-to-peer environment where family members can work through feelings with others who have shared experiences. Group members will have time to express concerns, ask questions, and share progress and celebrate victories about the effect the abuse of substances has had on their family. Counselors will also educate group members on topics like codependency, how to create and maintain healthy boundaries, and self-care.

All family addiction support groups are led by licensed clinicians and social workers who have experience in drug and alcohol-related addiction counseling.

All groups meet on EST.

Register

Rebecca Helman O'Dowd herren project grief support group leaderRebecca Helman, LICSW
Lead Clinician
Mon at 8:00pm
Thurs at 7:00pm

Dena HenryDena Henry, MA LPC
Group Facilitator
Wed at 12:00pm

Ginger StephensGinger Stephens, LICSW
Group Facilitator
Tues at 5:30pm 

Heidi PlattHeidi Platt, MS, QMHP, SUDCC-IV-CS
Group Facilitator
Tues at 6:30pm
Thurs at 10:00pm

Louisa GouldLouisa Gould, LICSW
Group Facilitator
Wed at 8:00pm

Joy FerneyJoy Ferney, LICSW
Group Facilitator

Tues at 7:00pm
Wed at 5:00pm
Thurs at 7:00pm

Parent Support Groups

Mondays: 12:00pm | 7:00pm
Tuesdays: 12:00pm | 7:30 (parents of adolescents)

A parent’s natural response is to protect their children from harm. When a parent is trying to manage a child’s struggles with drug and alcohol addiction, that becomes extremely difficult and emotional. Acting out of love, parents of addicted children often find themselves unintentionally enabling their child’s addictive behavior.

Parent addiction support groups are for parents struggling to cope with an adolescent or adult child’s substance use while offering a supportive environment to share with peers in a similar situation. All groups are led by licensed clinicians and counselors who specialize in drug and alcohol counseling to provide an educational component. Topics include but are not limited to understanding our child’s brain, understanding the effects on the family, codependency, creating and maintaining healthy boundaries, and self-care. All groups meet on EST.

We offer two age-related online parent support groups:

  • Parents of Adolescents – Parents with children under age 21
  • Parents of Adult Children – Parents with children 21 and over
Register

Dena HenryDena Henry, MA LPC
Mon at 12:00pm
Tues at 12:00pm

Patrick Balsley, CAC, ICADC, SFRC
Group Facilitator
Mon at 7:00pm

Louisa GouldLouisa Gould, LICSW
Group Facilitator
Tues at 7:30pm (Parents of Adolescents)

Spousal Support Group

Mondays: 7:30pm

Finding yourself in a relationship with a significant other who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol can lead to substantial emotional stress and sometimes abuse within the relationship. As the trust is broken, many men and women find themselves alone when navigating addiction issues in a relationship or marriage. Often this leads to enabling their partner instead of helping them to recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

Herren Project’s online spousal addiction support group is open to anyone in a relationship, whether married or not, with someone with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. The group focuses on supporting their loved one versus enabling the person suffering from substance misuse. Groups provide a safe peer-to-peer environment as well as an educational component. Topics include but are not limited to codependency, creating and maintaining healthy boundaries, and maintaining self-care. All groups are led by licensed clinicians and counselors who have a specialty in drug and alcohol counseling and couples counseling. All groups meet on EST.

Register

Kristin Young, LICSWKristin Young, LICSW
Director of Clinical Services

Sibling Support Group

Tuesdays: 7:30pm

Herren Project’s Sibling support groups are designed to address a sibling’s unique dynamic with an addicted family member. Addiction is a “family disease,” and being the brother or sister of someone suffering from substance use disorder is a challenging situation. An addicted person not only negatively impacts their own life but also those around them. Siblings may feel overlooked or neglected by parents, who are constantly attending to the addicted family member. Many also develop an overwhelming desire to save their sibling from the addiction.

Sibling support groups provide a safe place where individuals in similar situations can work through feelings in a peer-to-peer environment. Group members will have time to express concerns, ask questions, share progress and celebrate victories about the effect the abuse of substances has had on their family and their relationship with their sibling. Group facilitators will also educate members on topics like codependency, how to create and maintain healthy boundaries, and self-care. All groups meet on EST.

Register

Dena HenryDena Henry, MA LPC
Group Facilitator

Tues at 7:30pm

Our Unique Approach

Herren Project’s support groups are designed to support, inspire and empower those affected by substance use disorder so they can better cope and live their lives to the fullest.

Our unique approach offers support paired with an educational component. The goal is to help family members process the effects that addiction has had on them and their families in an open, supportive environment and provide tools to be able to continue to work on their recovery at home.

“Recovery is so much more than one person’s journey. It includes everyone who loves them.” – Chris Herren