Family recovery can positively change all lives involved, and lead to more engaging relationships. The addictive process is known as the “family disease” due to it’s wide-ranging effects on entire family systems. Most families can point to the person or persons struggling with addiction as the hub of the dysfunction, but it can be more difficult for each person to see how their coping strategies may have contributed to the family unmanageability. It is therefore important to address the systemic changes necessary for family healing and growth. We can help families to initiate and sustain change, and to be proactive in their recovery.
Families often have tried many different ways to help their young adults access help, and to change the way the family functions when behavioral health difficulties become evident. They may try to “love”, “nag”, or ” discipline” their young adult into help. These methods almost always backfire on family members, and may actually create more unmanageability in the home or school environment. There are proven, effective ways to help young adults access the help they deserve. The family becomes a very meaningful component of intervening, when planned appropriately, and structured to be most effective.
We will help you through the pain, frustration, confusion, and fear that families feel when their young adult is struggling with substance abuse, or other behavioral health crisis. Fear can hold us “prisoner” to the status quo, but our fear can also be used as a very powerful motivator toward change within the family.
We maintain a well established referral base to help with program and facility selection among the leaders in care provision. We want to make sure your loved one receives the best possible care in an environment that promotes healing.
As we age, the addictive process begins to take a greater, faster toll on our well being. Age related issues need to be taken into consideration when choosing a program of recovery for older adults. Sometimes, retirement brings on late onset alcohol or substance abuse, just when life was supposed to become “easier”. Sometimes, prescribed medications may become a problem. There may be different detoxification needs, mobility issues, age related health and wellness needs, cultural issues related to growing up in different eras, and grief and loss.
There are programs and facilities adept at working with more experienced adults. They take a holistic view when assessing the nature of the difficulties, and in developing a prudent plan of action.
We will help you through the entire process of intervening with the utmost in respect, professionalism, dignity, and confidentiality. We will help your loved one access the help they deserve, and help your family begin the healing process.
Most families can see the need for change, but are unsure how to start. Much of intervening in the addictive process, or in recovery, is counter-intuitive. In other words, we can adopt coping strategies that seem like good ideas, but may increase the intensity and duration of addiction. These strategies may also increase our own level of dysfunction. With appropriate guidance, healing can begin, and moved forward in more encouraging ways. Family should always be included in an overall recovery plan.
When a loved one agrees to seek help, the process of change has begun with that person. Families and other concerned parties have many potential resources to begin their own recovery to start healthy change, and to change the dynamics within the family.
Resources for Families:
Al-anon/Alateen– click on this link and be redirected to the website. Select your area, and the meeting schedule will pop up. No fee or charge.
Samhsa-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National resources database and treatment locator. Great information.