S5 – E18.2 – Why People Living with ALD Who Have Harmed Themselves Through Drinking Need HOPE

S5 - E18.2 - Why People Living with ALD Who Have Harmed Themselves Through Drinking Need HOPE
In this conversation, Roger Green asks why ALD patients who have harmed themselves through drinking will benefit from a unique support organization like HOPE.

This conversation focuses on the target population of ALD with decompensated cirrhosis and asks what makes this group’s need a support community like HOPE.

Jenn describes the program’s core elements, starting with a monthly video call that is a support meeting one month and an educational program the next. The program will include a Facebook group where individuals can continue their conversations in private, plus a weekly blog and an array of educational resources. Beth adds that stopping drinking and addressing addictive behavior are not necessarily the same thing and that HOPE will help individuals address their overall behavior, not merely their drinking. Jenn adds that Sober Living is addressing issues holistically and anticipates that ideas and activities will “bubble up” from members. She also anticipates scaling up in time as interest grows.

Roger asks how a provider could help patients find their ways to Sober Livers and HOPE. Beth says the key is for the group to deliver educational materials to the offices where patients go. After Roger shares the group’s e-mail address (soberlivers.org), Jenn notes that the Zoom address for the support meetings is not publically available, so people must enroll to be invited. While enrolling on the Sober Livers website, they can learn more about the organization and its other resources.

Next, Roger asks about support for caregivers. Beth notes that Sober Livers plans to provide support over time, because “care partners are going through a lot.” At the same time, she notes that people living with the disease may have things to say that they would not share with caregivers.

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