Opioid Crisis Series event highlights supporting families of addicts

Posted at 10:39 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 00:39:34-04

The Ada County Problems Solving Courts held their second in a series of events to fight back against the opioid epidemic that has had a major impact on Idaho families.

Tonight's series focused on supporting families by helping them identify possible signs of opioid addictions and where to go to get help.

It is pretty obvious that people dependent on opiates have a real tough time dealing with addiction, but often times family members suffer because they don't know what to do.

The event highlighted some of the resources available in Ada County from managing pain to different organizations that can help an addict overcome their addiction, like the veterans court.

Allicia Arredono got hooked on opiates after suffering a major surgery while in the U.S. Army, road was tough not only on her but also her children who had to go live with their father.

However, Arredono graduated from veterans court and is now sober, she credits veterans court with helping her be able to watch her children grow up.

While the first in this series focused on the addicts and first responders, tonight's meeting helped the public learn that there are ways for families to receive support and help.