Addiction to alcohol or other drugs or gambling is an illness that has a profound effect on both the individual and his or her family members. Living with an alcoholic / addict can be a chaotic and unpredictable experience. Family relationships are often torn apart as the result of a loved one’s drug addiction and alcoholism. Family members are left feeling helpless and hopeless in their efforts to stop the destructive spiral of addiction. Yet it is the love, support and understanding of family members that can be crucial in the healing process and can play a pivotal role in an individual’s long-term recovery.
At Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers, we believe that the development of meaningful and supportive relationships for our clients is an essential ingredient for success. We recognize the immediate and long-term benefits to individuals in recovery when their families are involved in treatment. Therefore, we strongly encourage families to participate in Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers’ Family Program.
Through our Family Program, we incorporate self-awareness and knowledge of family dynamics. We emphasize:
- the importance of communication and understanding within the family
- how to support each other emotionally and establish appropriate boundaries
- incorporating better coping skills
- positive reinforcement
The Family Program is open to spouses, partners, parents, siblings, other relatives and friends who are interested in learning about substance abuse and how it affects them, to learn coping skills and to gain insight into how to support a chemically dependent family member. You do not have to have a loved one receiving services or involved in a treatment program in order to attend the Family Program.
There is help available for your loved one. Restoring healthy family bonds and repairing your family dynamic is absolutely achievable.
In conjunction with our Family Program, we encourage family members to attend Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, or Gam-Anon meetings for continuing support. Unlike AA, NA, and GA, these meetings are strictly for the family members of alcoholics, addicts, and problem gamblers. At these meetings members share their experience, strength and hope with others who have similar challenges. Support and often-times lifelong friendships are forged during these critical passages in a family’s struggle with addiction.