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Introducing PAL

I would like to introduce you to Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL). PAL is a support group of parents helping parents. We meet every Wednesday night from 6-7:30 p.m. located at Tahoe Youth & Family Services, 1021 Fremont Ave., in South Lake Tahoe, starting Oct. 18. We offer education and support, at no charge, for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter suffering from addiction. Family members and friends who are 18 years and older are always welcome to attend.

By attending our meetings, family members learn proven ways to help their loved one recover from addiction, primarily by focusing on their own education and growth. Thousands have been helped by PAL, and testimonies abound about loved ones seeking recovery once their family members learned how to help them in healthy ways.

According to recent research cited by National Institute for Drug Abuse, opioid/heroin overdose deaths now exceed annual deaths from car crashes. Former President Barack Obama requested $1.5 billion in spending to combat the issue of opioid/heroin abuse alone, noting it is an epidemic in our country.

Although PAL was informally in existence since 2006, PAL incorporated in Arizona as a nonprofit in 2015 in hopes to help expand PAL nationally. PAL's vision is to help make meetings available to all parents of addicted loved ones.

I would be honored to have our community partner and support this program as we work together to address this epidemic that is tearing our families apart across our country. More information about the organization can be found at palgroup.org. Thank you for any consideration in joining us in our mission and vision.

Dee Dee Gooding

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