EBM: Support Group

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Today’s world is embracing more marijuana use while families like ours pay a heavy price. 

We acknowledge that the general public and many support groups don’t understand the true and devastating impacts of marijuana.  So many times it’s hard for us to share honestly how today’s more potent, more dangerous marijuana has affected our lives and families as we are not taken seriously in the addiction community.  So we respectfully invite you to an online group, Every Brain Matters Support/Recovery Group, a community of supporters who understand and encourage healing and growth in response to marijuana use and addiction.

We recognize the need for this type of support for those harmed by marijuana who are seeking community, healing, and recovery. This includes people who have an addiction to marijuana and who are in recovery, their families, and the families/friends of people who’ve been harmed or lost their lives as a direct or indirect result of marijuana use.  Marijuana harms include, but are not limited to, addiction, psychosis, suicide, other mental illnesses, homicide, violent crimes, DUI’s, and other incidents of injury or trauma resulting in harms or death, overdoses, where marijuana was the only drug, or a gateway, companion, and/or relapse drug. 

This group will not discuss policies, politics, specific religious beliefs, or ask for donations or tasks. We encourage members to embrace their faith while being cognizant of others who do not have the same view.  We are not a replacement for any program or meeting, but a supplement, and we encourage everyone either to continue to work their current recovery program or find one to join as soon as possible.  We are not equipped to give medical advice, but participants will have the opportunity to share resources and techniques that have helped them.  We understand there are different pathways to recovery but recommend a 12 step program, recovery community, faith-based recovery, or another pathway of sustainable recovery. 

If you are looking for an Advocate group to educate about the harms of marijuana and influence change or policies, please let us know.  We have formed another group to meet this need too, called Every Brain Matters Advocacy Group.

We respect confidentiality, the feelings, and privacy of those attending our meetings by not interrupting, questioning, or advising during the first part of the meeting. The last part of the meeting will be a time to share resources, solutions, skills/techniques.

Every Brain Matters currently offers:

EBM Climbers Meeting, a support group with Joe Parker. This meeting is an interactive educational group for family members to bring issues, questions or concerns, and receive direct feedback from a counselor and other family members.

Monthly Speakers Meeting, Join us on the first Friday of every month for messages of hope and healing from the impacts of marijuana. We welcome a different speaker every month who will share their experience and provide pathways to find serenity as we navigate through today’s pro-marijuana/drug culture. Whether you’re grieving the loss of a loved one or trying to recover yourself, this meeting is for you. You will be a Q & A at the end of each meeting. This meeting is appropriate for all family members ages 16 and up.

Contact Bart Bright for information on Mar-Anon meetings at bartjbright@gmail.com or find a Mar-Anon meeting at this link. (Mar-Anon is independent of the Every Brain Matters Community)

Books For Parents

Dr. Anette Edens, PhD

From Monsters To Miracles: Parent-Driven Recovery Tools That Work

John Cates

Recovering Our Children: A Handbook for Parents of Young People in Early Recovery

Bob Meehan

Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: Our Children and Drugs