For the family of a loved one who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, understanding both the disease aspect of addiction and how it affects both the addict and those closest to the addict can be a formidable challenge. Oftentimes, family members do not know how to communicate how addiction has affected them, and they try to ignore the problem for fear of confrontation. In some ways, the family may be enabling the addict to continue his or her abuse of drugs and alcohol. Any person in the family can take the first steps to get into recovery!
Family Involvement is Essential for Recovery
Because of these challenges, the Chiron encourages families to participate in the treatment and recovery process. Family recovery is an essential piece of effective drug treatment, and the staff at Chiron strives to provide both the client and the family members of the client with the tools they need to support and empower one another during the treatment process, as well as after treatment has been completed.
The Family Program at Chiron
Chiron provides support through a family program that has been specifically designed by Chiron staff. Through this three-day program offered monthly, families will: (1) gain a better understanding of addiction and its impact on family and personal relationships, (2) learn new healthy and effective ways of coping with addiction, and (3) learn how Twelve-Step programs such as Al Anon, Families Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous can be good resources. Activities included in this family program include:
- role playing and group discussion
- informative lectures which focus on the addiction cycle
- understanding how family dynamics play into the addiction process
- methods of effective communication and boundary setting.
Recovery from addiction may be difficult for everyone. Our response to addiction may be shaped by our temperament, personality, culture, and family of origin (the family we grew up in). The stages of recovery for the family may often mirror the stages of recovery for the addict/alcoholic: often, the family experiences denial, attempting to control the addict’s behavior and use, distancing, projecting blame, to name a few. Eventually, the family learns these strategies don’t work and begin to identify addiction as the primary problem, seeking out those professionals and programs who can offer good advice and guidance. Let us help you in this process.