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Church Opens Dialogue on Drugs

A tough subject to talk about, drug abuse and its impact on families will be the focus of an evening open to any parents willing enough to be open themselves to tackling the issue

“Many of our young families may find themselves confronted with some of the challenges we have had in the past few years — the challenges were very hard because of ignorance on our part about the 'hard drugs' being so readily available as well as being inexpensive to young people. We realize it’s a tough subject, but one we need to be more informed about as parents.”

The quote comes from a parent from Atonement Lutheran Church in Muskego, and underscores what we often see in every weekly police blotter. Drugs have become nearly a given in any traffic stop made by Muskego Police, and despite our best efforts to hear the 'human side' of this issue, we haven't had much luck in having willing families to share their experience.

However, for parents and families courageous enough, Atonement is offering an opportunity to hear the hard truths of drug abuse in the community by some of its youngest residents.

"Recovery Life" will be presented on Monday, Jan. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m., at Atonement. The "real story" about drug abuse from the Muskego Police Department, as well as from a young adult that grew up at Atonement and is dealing with a drug addiction, will be shared during the event.

This meeting is open to members and non-members of Atonement; no registration is required, and childcare will be provided.

Questions? Contact Atonement by phone at (414) 422-0400 or e-mail info@at-onechurch.org

William January 20, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Putting a young person dealing with drug abuse in front of a public forum is uncaring. Sure, they can glorify the easy access to drugs and embellish the war stories, but the strength and growth it takes to live a recovering life will be absent from the talk. The folks who organize these events trot out the currently using or newly sober young person for the "benefit" of the public much to the detriment of the drug affected young person and their family.
Denise Konkol January 20, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Disagree. I believe she is doing this on her own, and can be cathartic. I would encourage you to go through the weekly reports from MPD before you use the words 'glorify' or 'embellish.' That people don't think it's a problem is precisely why it is. Perhaps you will attend and voice your opinion.
Jeri Enk January 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
My son died of a heroin overdose 3 years ago. He was 25. I grieve for him every day. He fought long and hard to overcome his addiction. Too many parents bury their heads in the sand when it comes to drug abuse in Muskego. I tried (with others and Officer Dietrich) to start a support group. Attendance was poor and the group disbanned . I wish I could speak to Muskego's parents and youth and help them see how truly lethal drug use can be.
Denise Konkol January 21, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Jeri - my condolences for such a tragic loss. I hope you can make it Monday night. I think your voice would be welcome.
Dave Dringenburg January 21, 2013 at 04:48 AM
William, as one of those folks planning this event, I can tell you the young lady sharing her story - with her family - came to us to with the idea of an event like this. We would never exploit and individual or and individuals story. She is genuine in her desire to bring hope to families and individuals dealing with the challenges she's faced. The Muskego Police Department was glad to provide information about and tools to combat drug use and abuse.

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