Help for the WHOLE Family
Substance abuse disorders such as alcoholism and drug addiction are very lonely and isolating for the person doing the drinking and using, but they also put a tremendous amount of stress and strain on the rest of the family. The consequences of addiction not only affect the person who has become chemically dependent, but nearly everyone in their life.
Spouses, partners, parents, and sometimes even children often become virtual caretakers of the person suffering from the disease of addiction. This out-of-balance family dynamic perpetuates feelings of shame, guilt, embarrassment, hopelessness, anger, and resentment.
While this vicious cycle exists, the person with the substance use disorder continues their disruptive and destructive substance-seeking behaviors and the rest of the family suffers.
They suffer because substance use has created dysfunctional relationships. The desperate need to somehow fix, cure or control the addicted person and rescue them from the consequences of their behaviors becomes all-consuming.
They try and they try – they beg, plead, try to reason with, bribe, threaten, and argue with the substance abuser, all the while wondering, “WHY WON’T THEY JUST STOP?”
- believe that addiction becomes a family problem
- understand the unique needs of a family in crisis due to drug addiction or alcoholism
- help you to create a framework to develop skills unique to your family situation
Our weekly Family Educational Program, attended by our clients and their families provides a solid understanding of addiction, the effects on the family member and the person addicted and how to develop healthy boundaries and improved communication. Please note that our Family Education Program is strongly recommended and in some cases mandatory for admission into the LR program.
When the addicted person enters treatment, family members and loved ones are often left feeling confused, overwhelmed, fearful, angry, alone and unsure as to how to handle the stressful situations created by the loved one’s addiction. They are often considering divorce, or break up, and are stressed by the legal or employment consequences. The addiction has begun to take a toll on everyone involved.
We know that help is needed both when the addiction is active, and during that tenuous transition period of early recovery.
It takes courage to change. To create a new life, a new path, a Lasting Recovery.
The Family Education Program is Included at No–Charge.
- What is addiction and why do they do this?
- Helping vs Enabling
- How to set appropriate boundaries
- Effective communication
- Conflict resolution
- Positive coping skills
- Responding to a relapse
- Introduction to 12-step and Non 12-step resources
- Building support systems and utilizing healthy coping skills
- Develop collaborative processes between the client and family
- Referrals to other medical, mental, and addiction health professionals such as family therapists, psychologists, physicians and psychiatrists
In addition to the structured family education for the families in Lasting Recovery, we also offer an entire series of regularly-updated articles, videos, and useful links on our website that can provide invaluable information to both the substance abuser and their family members. We invite you to take some time to explore.
If you need to talk to someone because you love an addict or alcoholic – call us today.