To the Editor of THE EAGLE:

I read the article in the April 9 Eagle about opiate abuse in Berkshire County. There are 12-step recovery programs available for both addicts and families and friends. Nar-Anon Family Groups is a worldwide fellowship which offers support for people affected by the disease of addiction in a friend or loved one. Addiction respects no particular religion. It doesn’t discriminate by race, education, age, gender, or financial class. I would encourage anyone who is affected by the disease of addiction in a family member or friend to come to a Nar-Anon meeting.

Living with someone who has the disease of addiction can be very trying. Nar-Anon not only provides a safe place to talk about what is happening in your life but is an anonymous program. No one will judge you or tell you what to do. The beauty of the Nar-Anon program is that everything is suggested so you can take the suggestions that you believe will work for you and apply them in your life and you will know that you never have to be alone again.

For information regarding meeting locations and literature go to www.nar-anon.org. In Berkshire County, meetings are held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield on Friday Nights from 7 to 8 p.m. Please use the Allen Street entrance.

HELENE P. ROBILLARD

Pittsfield