No one is born with some magical skill or personality trait that lets them effectively deal with addiction. Dealing with addiction is hard and the ability to cope with it in a healthy way is a skill that must be learned and put into practice, every day. When someone in our family or another loved one has struggles with addiction it can be easy to fall into the “I’m going to fix them” mindset.
The truth is, it’s not up to you to “fix” them, but there are a lot of ways that families can help. For example, participation in Family Education Programs like ours here at Pathways Recovery in Roseville, California can be a big step in the right direction.
Family therapy is designed with more than one person in mind. It capitalizes on the relationships and experiences of all family members. When combined with individual therapy that prioritizes the thoughts and behaviors of a single person, it can lead to some big breakthroughs. There is a large opportunity when in recovery to make the most out of family programs, especially since addiction treatment can encompass so much of our lives and the lives of our loved ones.
For example, it can be a time to address issues between people alongside addressing issues from within. Family therapy and our family education program make it an aim of treatment to address the cycle of addiction from a unique perspective. We can address issues that lurk beneath the surface and exist in family interactions. This can be especially helpful when the family is often trying to adopt the role of detective and can make the individual with addiction feel like they are fugitives, leading to lying, sneaking and other negative behaviors.
In addition to education about substance use for the whole family, our program works to help family members to reduce their unhelpful behavior. Our team helps identify new skills, techniques and approaches to confront problems in a healthy and helpful way.
Our goal is to help family members understand that while the person struggling with addiction is responsible for their own recovery, the family CAN play a big role in the recovery process as well. Addiction in the family strains relationships people become anxious, mistrustful, tired and an overwhelming sense of hopelessness can set in.
Our family education program is taught by a highly experienced addiction professional. Sheila Walker offers guidance and support on understanding how addiction affects families. She also helps navigate the many questions of what to do and how to handle addiction in the family and or with loved ones.
Our Family Therapy and Education Program: Who, What, When, Where
Without help, addiction can totally destroy family life and cause lasting damage to relationships between members. Without healing, the addictive cycle will likely manifest in future generations. This is why family therapy is so important, it’s just one step closer to not only healing your loved one who is struggling with addiction, but healing the whole family as well.
Come and learn how to help heal the addiction in your family:
WHO – Our classes are taught by Norma Cordero.
Norma has many years of experience helping families and individuals heal from addictive disorders.
WHAT – Norma covers many aspects of addiction including:
- Signs and symptoms of an addiction
- How to handle relapse
- How to help a loved one with an addiction seek help
- What is codependency
- Should I let him/her live with me?
- How much should I help him/her
- How do drugs and alcohol affect the brain
- Family Roles
- Healthy Detachment
WHERE – Pathways Recovery Counseling Center – 775 Sunrise Ave, Suite 210, Roseville, CA 95661, near Linda Creek and Eastwood Park.
WHEN – Family Education Program. Wednesday evenings: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
COST – This is a FREE class to anyone who would like to learn more about how to support a loved one struggling with an addiction.
Come and learn all you can. Just call us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as space is limited.
We are located in Roseville, nearby Sacramento California. We are currently offering gender-specific detox, residential, and outpatient services. Pathways Recovery Addiction Treatment Center is here for you and your family. When you need an addiction treatment center who provides high-quality care quickly give us a call. It would be our pleasure to assist you and your family.