Heroin. It used to be that the highly-addictive drug was the choice of the hard-core addict. However, it’s popularity has increased in recent years even among the unexpected demographics of suburban high-schoolers and moms. The trend is disturbing and complex. Easy to dismiss as a problem for “other people,” the heroin-addiction epidemic is being tackled in a three-part series by the West Oakland County Spinal Column Newsweekly. Local attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler shares resources for fighting addiction in Southeastern Michigan.
Resources for those fighting addiction
Additionally, local volunteers and support groups are stepping up efforts to raise awareness and reach those at risk.
“As a long-time Milford citizen and local legal professional, I have seen the drastic, and sometimes tragic, impacts of drug addiction on individuals and families,” says Oakland County Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler.
There are many helpful resources for those fighting addiction or trying to reclaim their lives or help loved ones in the clutches of addiction.
FAN (Families Against Narcotics) began as a resource for families of loved ones fighting addiction. Today there are 12 chapters of the organization throughout Southeast Michigan with meetings in:
- Clawson – 3rd Monday of the month
- Farmington Hills – 1st Friday of the month
- Lake Orion – 2nd Thursday of the month
- Holly – 4th Thursday of the month
- Pontiac – 2nd Monday of the month
- New Hudson – 3rd Thursday of the month
- Walled Lake – 4th Tuesday of the month
The next Walled Lake meeting will take place Tuesday, April 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Market Street Church (309 Market Street) in Walled Lake. Meetings are held regularly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Market Street Church. For more information, visit www.achcmi.org.
According to the Spinal Column article, “Not My Kid: A look into the opioid epidemic in our neighborhood, “FAN began in 2007 and “their mission is to save lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent and eradicate addiction. Key components of the group are to raise awareness to the dangers of prescription narcotics, support those affected by narcotic addiction, and erase the stigma of addiction.”
In her busy Family Law practice, Kathryn Wayne-Spindler sees multiple cases each year where drug or alcohol abuse is a factor in nasty divorces or messy custody cases. Our law firm is familiar with local treatment opportunities and family support for those fighting addiction. If drugs or alcohol are factors in your family legal problems, contact Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates at 248-685-8888. Our experienced attorneys can assist you to find the help you need in your community. We work with clients throughout Southeast Michigan including Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Genesee, and Livingston counties. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates handles cases in Milford, Highland, Hartland, White Lake, Commerce, Waterford, Walled Lake, Wixom, New Hudson, South Lyon, Howell, Linden, Grand Blanc, Holly, Clarkston, and many more local communities.