Posted: 12:00 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2014

Families of Addicts aims to raise awareness, support

Group hopes to reach wider audience with movie screening.


Families of Addicts aims to raise awareness, support photo
Families of Addicts founder, Lori Erion (right), with her daughter, April.

By Sara Mastbaum

Contributing Writer

For families struggling with addiction, resources and community support are often scarce. A local group, Families of Addicts, is working to change the negative perceptions still faced by people affected by this disease.

“The reason I decided to do a support group is because I have eight years in recovery from alcohol and drugs,” said Families of Addicts founder, Lori Erion. “I’m very outspoken and upfront, and I got the idea that people (with addictions) were ashamed and living in their own prisons. People had no clue what the grip on people was really like. People needed a place to go, and we give them that place to go.”

The group started as an outlet for parents and other loved ones to gain support. However, Erion said, “The group has evolved. We always welcome the victim who wants to come. They can answer questions from parents that no one else can. It’s twofold – it gets them sharing and if they realize that their situation is helping someone, that can help them.”

In the long term, Erion hopes to create a culture of recovery in the Miami Valley.

“After care is hard to find here,” she said. “It can be a huge endeavor to find reputable services.”

Her ultimate goal involves building a Recovery Community Center for the region.

In order to spread awareness and foster a recovery community, Families of Addicts is sponsoring a film screening at 6 p.m., July 15 at the Neon Movies in Dayton that is already sold out. The Greg Williams film “The Anonymous People” is “a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs,” according to the filmmakers.

The film is part of a grassroots movement called Many Faces, 1 Voice. The movement seeks “to get communities to start talking about addiction in a positive way,” Erion said. “The public can see that people are recovering. Addicts have strength in numbers and can talk about their stories.”

“The Montgomery County ADMHS Board has sponsored (us) also and has helped gain awareness,” Erion said. “And Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City has been instrumental.”

Although seats for the viewing at the Neon are currently sold out, Families of Addicts is hosting an upcoming event for all those who are unable to attend. The meeting, which is tentatively planned for Wednesday, July 23 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., will be held at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 155 Thruston Blvd. East in Oakwood. The group’s regular weekly meetings take place on Wednesdays at this location.

The group also hopes to garner community engagement for their Rally 4 Recovery, scheduled for Sept. 21 in Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

For more information on Families of Addicts, contact or visit

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