New Hancock County support group offers help for family, friends of overdose victims

ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - Losing someone you love is a struggle for anyone. But it can be even harder when that person dies of a drug overdose.

Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County is hosting a new support group for those who have lost a loved one to drug overdose.

The group will be held Mondays September 10 through October 15 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Frenchman Bay Library in Sullivan. The group is free of charge but participants need to register at least a week in advance to allow time for group preparation.

For more information, call Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County at 667-2531. You can also log on to www.hospiceofhancock.org or check out the Facebook Page - Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County.

Losing a loved one to drug overdose can make you feel alone and in pain. Maybe you are thinking no one could possibly understand how you feel. If you have lost a loved one to drug overdose, you are not alone.

There were over 400 overdose deaths in Maine in 2017; that's an average of over one overdose death per day throughout the state. This group will provide a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space to receive support, to share difficult emotions and to build connection.