As the family receives education, guidance and support, they will learn how best to support their loved one as well as themselves. Additionally, we can make referrals for family members to local therapists and support groups. We also offer an on-site Al-Anon meeting from 12:00 1:00 p.m. immediately following our Family Program on Saturdays. Attendance at this meeting allows relatives, loved ones, friends, and any other concerned person to feel supported and talk confidentially with others who have been in the same or similar situations and is held without the clients present.
Addiction is a family disease that affects everyone connected to the addict. So what should family and friends do (and not do) when someone they love is addicted? Addiction is a disease of the body, mind and spirit from which people can and do recover. Like any other disease, no one intends to get..
We are entering the time of year when parties, family get-togethers and excessive eating, drinking and merriment can create difficult or at least tricky situations for those in recovery. Thanksgiving in particular can be a challenging time. Family interaction is often expected and it may be the first family get-together in a while. 6 Tips..
Addiction doesnt happen in a bubble, it has a way of altering a family and the interactions of family members. The effect addiction in the family has becomes quite apparent when we look at the dysfunctional communication roles that family members often take on. These interactions are fittingly called The Drama Triangle. There are three..
Codependency is a tricky term that is often used in everyday conversation. Although broader definitions explain the term as a general personality type, one of the original uses of codependency was the idea of a codependent individual having an unhealthy relationship with (often the spouse or child of) an alcoholic or drug addicted person. A..
Looking into addiction treatment programs (rehab) for yourself or a loved one can seem overwhelming. Generally life is already stressful and unmanageable. Trying to understand what options are available within the treatment world and what would work best is not an easy task. To give you a starting point, here are 5 frequently asked questions..
From all the research that has been done in the field of addiction over the past 30-40 years, we know several factors are involved in the development and continuance of addictive behavior. Within the disease model of addiction, we understand the development of an addiction stems from the genes we have inherited. Once these particular..
The risks and detrimental effects of alcohol abuse by young adults under the age of 25 can have life-long consequences. In a recent survey, nearly 80% of 17-18 year olds had consumed alcohol, with over 47% of these 17-18 year olds using alcohol regularly. To help your young adult/teenager get the fullest from life, it..
Although drinking in moderation can be safe for adults, drinking by anyone under 21 can be a serious issue and should not be ignored, dismissed or minimized. There are, of course, the immediate risks and harms a young adult may experience from drinking alcohol: they are more likely to have driving accidents, experience death from..
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is something frequently over looked. Stigma is guided by perception and in the field of addiction there is a hierarchy of stigma. A common stigma easily identified is the public perception surrounding licit and illicit drugs. Alcohol is perceived as a lesser evil because it is a legal substance, whereas..
Heavy teenage marijuana use could damage brain structures critical to memory and reasoning and the effects may be long lasting. Heavy pot use during teenage years is also connected with lower IQ. It is well known that the human brain is not fully developed until 25-28 years of age. Chronic or heavy pot use by..