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Oahu group supporting relatives of crystal meth addicts

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A national ranking puts Hawaii fifth in the nation for crystal meth addiction. Addicts trying to kick the habit can find lots of help, and now an organization offers support to their families.

The non-profit group is called Families in the Fire. Its founder started it after crystal meth burned her family.

The message in a public service announcement the group produced says meth causes collateral damage. The Oahu based non-profit organization reaches out to relatives of ice addicts.

"Families who have loved ones addicted to this drug are in a fire."

When Caroline Chapman's sister used meth it devastated their family. Caroline searched for a support group... but came up empty.

"It's very devastating to a family member to learn what their loved one is doing, the lying, and the stealing, and all of the things that happen as a result of a someone on the drug" said Chapman.

In 2009 Chapman founded Families in the Fire. Once a month, relatives of meth users meet at Mililani Waena Elementary.

"When they start to share their story and what they've been through, someone else on the table can say, you know what, I went through the same thing as you and you're not alone.  And it's not your fault."

Families in the Fire has lit a spark. Businesses helped with a web site, printed material, and a public service announcement.

Caroline has gone public with her story, telling people who may have loved ones addicted to meth they're not alone.

"We've had many tears and many prayers at those meetings. Just being there for one another really is the most important part of what we do."

It's doing something for families who have felt the sting of ice.

"Meth ruins lives.  Not just the ones who use it."

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