Kids are succumbing to one of the most insidious and misunderstood diseases: Addiction. In Trumbull and surrounding communities, our youth are using mind-altering substances at record numbers and they’re getting hooked. In recent years, prescription medication and heroin have risen in popularity in suburban communities, quickly replacing the former “gateway” substances alcohol and marijuana.

Prescription painkillers are highly addictive. Once chemically dependent, there’s no easy way to stop using them. They are expensive. Heroin is cheaper. The heroin that has been distributed lately has proven lethal to many of whom it possesses. It has proven lethal to our kids. Good kids. From good families.

Last month, proactive community members helped to organize the first parent/caregiver support group in Trumbull as a means to offer education, support, resources, and hope to those whose children of any age are using or abusing substances: The C.A.R.E.S. Group-Trumbull.

The C.A.R.E.S. Group meets weekly, is led by a credentialed drug and alcohol counselor, and will allay the stigma so often accompanying addiction. Its aim is to assist families affected in finding the help they need for themselves and their loved one.

If you are suffering, or know anyone whose child is afflicted, you are invited to Trinity Episcopal Church, 1734 Huntington Turnpike, in Trumbull, on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 7-9 p.m.

For more information, call 203-948-1254. Visit Facebook at TheCaresGroup.