Local support group comes together to help deal with overdose death of loved one | New

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Overdose deaths are on the rise and so far in 2022 in La Crosse County there have been 26 overdose-related deaths. In 2021, there were 33, according to Tri-State Ambulance.

At the Coulee Recovery Center in La Crosse, a group of people have been meeting weekly for eight months to discuss the impact of overdose deaths.

Each person in the Complicated Loss Support Group has lost a loved one to an overdose. A child, a grandchild, a friend. They want others to understand that addiction is a disease that some people cannot overcome. They also want there to be more resources readily available for people in difficulty.

Helen Kelly lost her granddaughter Lily on April 1, 2021. “She was ready for treatment. In fact, she found a doctor she was comfortable with and someone she really wanted to work with. She called to make an appointment and was told that she couldn’t get an appointment for several days.he, you know, used again and she took fentanyl drugs and she died from fentanyl poisoning,” Helen said.

“I was unaware of the extent of his struggle with depression and anxiety, he was on medication with alcohol.” Patricia Hoffman’s son Nathan was 40 when he died on January 14. 2021 from chronic alcohol abuse.

“He wanted to fight so hard but it just had a hold on him and it’s just, he just couldn’t fighand he tried, he really tried”, Sue Berger’s best friend Chris died of alcoholism in October 2021.

“He just never got the help he needed. He just uh, I think he just didn’t want to believe he had a problem.” explained Theresa Moore whose son Josh died at 38 after an overdose of heroin containing fentanyl.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty, local resources are available.

Here is a list of a few:

Virginia S. Braud