NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For families who have a child struggling with an addiction, it is full of ups and downs. Mothers and fathers came together Friday night to give each other some support.
MPAC, or Mothers Praying for Adult Children, hosted its annual conference at Myrtle Grove Baptist Church.
“24/7, all I could think about was how to fix him,” Kathy Gardner said.
Battles with her son left Gardner desperate for a shoulder to cry on. She says all she wanted was her son to live a trouble-free life.
“When you have an adult child who’s old enough to know better, who you raised and trained them better, you can’t make them think good thoughts,” Gardner said. “You can’t make them say all the right words, go to all the right places. That’s their decision.”
Gardner found peace through MPAC. The group welcomes mothers who have children struggling with addictions.
Gardner found that she was not alone.
“When people come, they’re embarrassed. There’s a stigma out there. We try to help love on them, and help them not to feel so embarrassed, and that they are not going this alone,” Carman Poindexter said.
Poindexter knows that struggle all too well. Her son battled addiction for years, which is what led her to start MPAC.
The group is holding its yearly conference on Friday and Saturday. This year’s message is the power of positive words.
Gardner has come to learn that her son’s choices do not define her as a mother
“Today, nothing has changed,” Gardner said. “He is still like he was then, but I’m different. I understand that I’ve done my job as a mother, and I’ve done it well.”
Both mothers and fathers are welcome at the conference. The second session is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you would like to get involved with MPAC, email firstname.lastname@example.org