In Person Meetings
I am a long-term resident of Cape Cod, having resided in Mashpee for over 27 years. I joined Parents Supporting Parents, Inc, many years ago, looking for support and guidance dealing with a loved one and drug use. Now, it is clinically known as the disease of Substance Use Disorder (SUD). There are a lot more resources available now for the person struggling and for the family. Upon entering my first meeting, I ‘reconnected’ with Linda Cubellis after moving away from Bourne, where Linda and I had first met. It was instant tears as we realized we were both there for the same reason. Today, we are the co-facilitators of the group helping parents and all family members. The Disorder does not discriminate and can affect anyone. PSP has helped me, and so many others, walk together in the fight against SUD in the hopes of one day finding a long-term cure for the disease.
I am a life-long resident and retired Speech Therapist from the Town of Bourne. As a single mother of four sons, I came to Parents Supporting Parents, Inc (PSP) when my youngest son became addicted to oxycontin. There was truly little out there for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment and even less information for the family. I had heard that there was a new support group in Mashpee. I decided to take that step and go to the meeting to learn what I could to help my son. I found the support of a wonderful community of others who were all struggling with their loved one’s disease. I had no idea that so many others were struggling like I was with my son. It was comforting to know that I wasn’t alone any longer. One week, as I walked into the meeting, I saw my friend Corinne Wickel who had moved to Mashpee years ago. Realizing that we were both there for the same reason, tears flowed as only a parent who has gone through this disease with their own child can understand. I continued to attend the meetings even when my son was doing well because, as we know, Substance Use Disorder is “one day at a time.” In 2015, Corinne and I became co-facilitators of the group. We are not professionally trained. We are simply parents and loved ones supporting each other. Our goal at PSP is to provide hope to others and share what we have learned on our journey to help another family.