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Kanawha Communities That Care has worked closely with Thomas Memorial Hospital to help implement a Loved Ones Group.  This is a free series for family, friends and others who are concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use. The series focuses on educating the loved one to identify addiction and develop effective approaches to help the person with a drug or drinking problem. The Loved Ones Group is intended for the “loved one” of a person with a drug or alcohol problem, not for the individual with a drug or alcohol problem.

The Loved Ones Group meetings are scheduled to begin Thursday, August 30th at 6 pm in the Southway Group Room, second floor of the Haddad Building (where PsyCare used to be, off of Ford Street in South Charleston). Meetings will be held every Thursday at 6 pm at the same location from that point on. Scroll down for directions


-Do not understand the nature of addiction
-Feel alone, ashamed and fearful about the problem of alcohol and drug addiction
-Feel responsible believing that somehow they have caused or contributed to the problem in some way
-Feel angry with the addicted person

-Feel hopeless their loved one will never get the help they need


-Identifying the disease of addiction
-The progression of addiction
-How the alcoholic/addict decides to get help
-Ten Things a family member or concerned other can do to help
-The recovery process

-Family Recovery: what it means


You are welcome to come to the Loved One’s Group. No enrollment or personal information is required. The group is free and confidential.

Recovery for the addicted person often begins with positive action by the family. The Loved One’s Group is facilitated by both the highly trained and professional staff from Thomas Memorial Hospital, as well as by other family members who can directly relate to the addiction and recovery process through their experiences and who also have a desire to help families understand the disease of addiction.


If you have further questions, please contact Cathy Caruthers at Thomas Memorial Hospital:
Cathy Caruthers
Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Program Coordinator
BEACON/Southway Programs
(304) 766-4586


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2.  Take the US-60 / MacCorkle Ave. exit, EXIT 54.
3.  Turn left onto MacCorkle Ave SW / US-60.
4.  Travel approximately 1 mile.
Thomas Memorial Hospital will be on the left. 5.  Shortly after the hospital, directly after Precision Tune Auto Care, turn left onto Ford Street. 6.  Make a right into the first parking lot. 
You should be at a tan and brown building with a set of doors
">on each side"> with brown awnings. 
The entrance to the building will be through the doors on the far left (looking at the building).
7.  Take the elevator or stairs to the second floor. The meeting will be held in the Southway Group Room on the second floor

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