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For Parents of a Child Actively Using or in Recovery 

Loving a child who is struggling with a substance use disorder can be lonely, isolating and painful. LITT is here for you. 

Our support groups for parents provide a safe place to connect with other members and share stories, provide honest feedback and help one another through this journey without shame. 

What to Expect From Our Support Group

After speaking with a leader from our team, members meet weekly on Zoom. The intention behind these meetings is to support one another as we navigate this journey through stories, advice and honest feedback. 

There is no fee to join any of our groups. LITT highly respects the privacy and confidentiality of our group members. Your information will never be shared outside of the organization. 

Meet Our Support Group Leaders

Shawn Nocher is the co-founder of LITT and the mother of a son in recovery. She and her husband have two adult children and two adorable grandchildren.


Shawn is a graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and the MA in Writing program at Johns Hopkins. In addition to her commitment to LITT, she teaches part-time at Hopkins and is also the author of two novels and numerous short stories, many of which examine our relationship to those afflicted with a substance use disorder.

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Husband and wife, Mary DeMarco and Buddy Wolfe have been navigating substance use disorder with their son since 2016 when he called from college to let them know he was struggling with opioid use. Families are complicated and their son’s substance use disorder took its toll on a family where siblings were already struggling with various forms of addictive behavior as a result of trauma and depression.


Mary and Buddy have been active participants in LITT since its inception and have navigated these last years by learning as much as they can about substance use disorder and recovery. This has been a long and complicated journey to healing for the entire family. With their family currently in recovery, Mary and Buddy are ready to share what they have learned and help other parents in their difficult journey. 

Jen Smith has been a part of the LITT community since spring of 2020. She now leads our support groups with love, compassion, and understanding, helping parents navigate this difficult journey. 

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Dave Fairall lives in Baltimore Md., and has been an active participant in LITT since early 2023. In addition to being a lifelong musician, Dave recently retired from a nearly 40 year career in Financial Services to care for his wife Beth, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Their son Bennett has struggled with substance use disorder since high school, and after an initial move to attend music school in NYC was derailed by addiction, Bennett returned to a recovery program, then subsequently back to school in NYC, and to a Sober Living facility. A few years later Bennett confided he had relapsed and was dealing with a more severe addiction to Fentanyl, returning to the recovery program.


The support, fellowship, and community offered through LITT has been invaluable, as the entire family navigates both the difficult journey of recovery from substance abuse, and managing ongoing Parkinson’s progression. By sharing his experience and coping mechanisms, Dave is hoping to help others dealing with similar challenges. 

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Join Our Support Group

LITT respects the privacy and confidentiality of its support group members. For this reason, we prefer to touch base with those considering attending prior to joining one of our groups. 

Please fill out the form below with you contact information and your preferred method and time of day to reach you. 

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