POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Back in 2012, Cary Dixon spoke at a Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition meeting about a program she helped found, the Loved Ones Support Group.
Robin Jones, of Point Pleasant, was at that meeting and the next day, she drove to meet with Dixon at the Loved Ones Support Group session in Huntington and knew then it needed to come to Mason County.
Dixon was one of several guests invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to attend President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union Speech (SOTUS) on Tuesday in a special viewing box. Dixon was seen sitting in that special section with Mrs. Obama. According to The White House, she was chosen to attend the speech after speaking on a panel about drug addiction attended by President Obama in October in Charleston, sharing her own story that includes an adult child struggling with addiction.
At the panel, Dixon was quoted as saying: “For too long, we’ve been silent. And I think that is holding us back. We need to open our voices so that people don’t feel ashamed. This is a disease. It is a sickness.”
“She’s done an excellent job,” Jones said about Dixon bringing addiction and what it means to families into the light of day. Jones said she’s met with Dixon several times and she was helpful in getting Point Pleasant’s own chapter of the group started. Jones added she’s a great representative for families fighting for their addicted loves ones.
Jones admits she was a little disappointed Dixon wasn’t mentioned during the speech or identified, but then again, there were other guests who went unmentioned and unidentified as well. Jones was also hoping for a little more on the fight against drugs and addiction from the president who, from the beginning, did promise a nontraditional SOTUS.
The fallout from the president’s speech remains to be seen, but the fallout from Dixon’s speech at the Mason County Anti-Drug Coalition in 2012 continues to produce results with the Loved Ones Support Group stating its next sessions at 6 p.m. Feb. 4 at Main Street Baptist Church in Point Pleasant. Anyone who needs any information on joining or starting a chapter in Mason County, can all Jones at 304-675-1300.
Also in the community is the Christian based Celebrate Recovery program that is offered at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Nazarene Fellowship Center in Point Pleasant.
The Meeting House, located in the former St. Paul’s Church, also offers Narcotics Anonymous meetings and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings multiple times a week. NA meets 6 p.m. on Fridays and Wednesdays; AA meets at noon on Mondays at The Meeting House.
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