Local authors, sisters speak on dealing with addiction

Published 9:08 am Monday, February 11, 2013

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 23 million people in the United States are in need of treatment for addiction/alcoholism. Double, triple or quadruple that number and you have the number of family members suffering right along with them—with few places to turn for help managing the multitude of difficulties addicts create.

That is until now. Authors and sisters, Meridith Elliott Powell and Beth Brand of Saluda will present  “Get The Real Dope On Dealing With An Addict” at the St. Francis Room at Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville tonight, Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Parish and is open to the public.

Based on their book, “The Real Dope On Dealing With An Addict,” Powell and Brand’s presentation will provide families dealing with an active addict or alcoholic with practical information, proven strategies and skills to help them successfully manage their situation and give their addict/alcoholic the best chance at recovery.

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Powell and Brand learned what they will share the hard day. They have lived through six addictions in their immediate family — their grandfather, their father, two brothers and both their first husbands.