Evidence shows that the role of the family is key in helping an addict/acoholic to stay in treatment and acheive an outcome of long term recovery. A family that has engaged in a Family Programme and undertaken some work on their co-dependency* issues make a significant impact on the addict's/alcoholic's recovery journey and ongoing abstinence.
The work with do in supporting families is central to our role as a treatment provider and the recovery of our clients. Through advice and education our family programme helps the family understand their role in addiction and recovery. Family members need to realise and admit the part they might have played in enabling their addict; such as lying for them, giving them money or making excuses for them. We host regular family programme events which are well attended and make a difference, the next is scheduled for Saturday 27 April 2013.
"Thank-you for....the opportunity to participate in your Family Programme in February, Our special thanks to Mandy, Natalie and Travis for creating the safe and caring environment for us all to ask for the help we so much needed. We also appreciated the yuumy refreshments provided. Thanks to all concerned." Christine, a family member.
Families living with addiction need to be supported through the anxieties and issues they face. They also need an understanding of the treatment process their son/daughter/wife/father/husband/sibling is going through. Every family is different, so the programme and level of contact are designed to meet a family's individual needs. For the addict it is important to know that that his/her family is actively involved in the recovery process and is being supported. This gives the individual addict time to concentrate on their personal journey.
Family visits can be arranged on request through a counsellor and are usually permitted after Week 4-5, when everybody has had time apart to reflect.
Visits take place away from the Centre - families have a few hours together in the town of Weston-super-Mare, walking on the beach, having lunch or shopping, enjoying 'family time'. Click here for more information
*For this setting co-dependency is anyone who has been affected by another's addiction issues.