Addiction Resource

Family Programs

Addiction is a family disease that can result in devastating consequences. It affects everyone around the addict: spouses and partners, parents, children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Relationships suffer, and families struggle and fall into crisis. Family members become progressively isolated and react in unhealthy ways, terrified of losing their loved ones.

Family Programs are designed to address issues and behaviors that are destructive both to your loved one who has an addiction, and to your family. Presentations, workshops, and counseling sessions help you understand addictive behavior, its impact on your family, and how you can be an active participant in your loved one’s recovery. Sessions are held in safe and supportive environments.

Even if someone in you family has an addiction disorder and is not currently seeking treatment, a family program can give you the support and guidance you need to deal with their behavior and its negative effects on you family. You can usually enrol in a family program at a treatment center even if you don’t have a family member enrolled there.

Family programs offers educational sessions on the psychology of alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, problem gambling, and compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD), as well as education about early recovery. Programs also help you explore and understand how your family member’s addiction has affected you and your family psychologically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Finally, programs provide an opportunity for you and the rest of your family to examine some of your own adaptations, such as enabling behaviors, struggles with control, and codependency.