JULY 2020
Our Journey through COVID-19

 On Friday March 13 th we left our office in Taunton not knowing when we would return. We took what we thought we would need while working remotely. Like many other programs around Massachusetts we had to figure out how to sustain the support our families would need during this unprecedented time. Safety for our team and our families was and remains the highest priority.

I couldn’t be prouder of our team, our trained facilitators and our members. In an amazingly short period of time we came together and learned how to hold our support meetings via ZOOM for 25 chapters, including our Florida chapter online.

Here we are on week 16 as I write this message. Although nothing can replace in person meetings, I have to say that the ZOOM meetings are amazing. We combined meetings together and it’s been a great experience. People meeting other people from all over the state. If you are in Western Mass, you can visit a ZOOM meeting with the North Shore folks or visit a meeting with Florida and Cambridge families and vice versa. Many who have never been able to get to meetings are joining including people from other states. We have still been able to train and get Narcan to families that need it by delivering it while keeping a safe social distance. We held two very successful webinars for family members with the Attorney General’s Office to answer questions on the Purdue Pharma claims process. We have had a wealth of guest speakers because there is no travel involved.

As of today, we are not sure when it will be safe for in person meetings or when people will feel safe and comfortable again in large groups. We continue to follow the direction of the Commonwealth.

I would also like to take this opportunity to send our condolences to all our families who have lost a loved one to overdose and to families who have lost a loved one to COVID 19. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Please stay safe and healthy,
Joanne Peterson
Executive Director
A big WARM welcome to our part-time Regional Managers Lisa Donoghue (Cape Cod & Islands) and Beverly Collins (Northeast – Tewksbury, Lowell & Haverhill). We are grateful for their dedication as facilitators, Narcan trainers and now LTC staff. Both are familiar faces to many at LTC but if you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting them yet please consider joining a ZOOM meeting to help welcome them!
ZOOM Meetings

LTC continues to meet via ZOOM Monday through Thursday evenings from 7 - 8:30 PM. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please fill out the contact form by clicking on the Stay Connected button below.
“Still Learning, Still Coping” is Learn to Cope’s newest group which began on April 13, 2020. This group, while maintaining the same objectives as our traditional groups - to provide education, support and resources – also offers another level of support. Still Learning, Still Coping is comprised of members who have lost a loved one to a substance related passing and are still caring for or about another loved one affected by substance use or recovery. The fact that substance use can end someone’s life prematurely is not a secret to any of us. Unfortunately, this sad truth has affected many of our members. Some of these members have expressed that after their loss they were uncomfortable in regular meetings, but they still wanted the support that they had previously found in Learn to Cope. When the pandemic forced us to regroup via our Zoom meetings, some people that had stopped attending live meetings previously, decided to try the virtual format. It was through this unification that their stories were told, and their voices were heard. In response to this we decided to create space for this wonderful group of people. This new meeting takes place on Monday evenings via Zoom and will remain a virtual meeting after pandemic restrictions as the virtual format allows people to meet regardless of geography and allows for a greater array of speakers. For more information on the meeting please contact Peter Babineau.
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