Sobriety House Family Education Day
Once a month, Sobriety House hosts a Family Education Day for the family members and friends of clients who are participating in the Phase I Intensive Residential Treatment program. This day is specifically designed to help educate the family about the treatment process and programs offered by Sobriety House as well as provide you resources and information for yourself and other family members. Due to the nature of the material being discussed, we would like to ask that all guests be age 12 and over.
Our Family Education Day includes:
* An overview of our Phase I program, classes and focus
* Information about continued care for Phase I graduates through our Phase II program, Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient groups and the Gaylord Apartments
* Testimonials from past and current Sobriety House clients
* Q & A with members of our Clinical Staff
* Education about support resources for the families & friends of those in recovery
* Lunch is provided
Support and Resources for Family & Friends
Alcoholism and addiction are among the nation’s most significant health problems and are illnesses that consume entire families. Since, the entire family is affected by the alcoholic’s or addict’s use, it is often referred to as a family disease. Friends and family members cannot control their love one’s drinking or use but they can control how it affects their own lives. It is crucial that you have support for yourself in the same way the person in treatment will. Sobriety House provides resources and information for families of addicts and alcoholics.
Recognizing drug abuse in family members (From the Mayo Clinic)
Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish normal teenage moodiness or angst from signs of drug use. Possible indications that your teenager or other family member is using drugs include:
* Problems at school or work — frequently missing school or work, a sudden disinterest in school activities or work, or a drop in grades or work performance
* Physical health issues — lack of energy and motivation
* Neglected appearance — lack of interest in clothing, grooming or looks
* Changes in behavior — exaggerated efforts to bar family members from entering his or her room or being secretive about where he or she goes with friends; or drastic changes in behavior and in relationships with family and friends
* Spending money — sudden requests for money without a reasonable explanation; or your discovery that money is missing or has been stolen or that items have disappeared from your home, indicating maybe they’re being sold to support drug use
Additional Resources & Education:
You’ve probably heard people say “addiction is a family disease” that not only effects the addict, but also all those around them. Addiction itself is a very complicated disease and groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon can provide support and encouragement for the loves ones of alcoholics and addicts. Just as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous serve as a strong support system for those struggling to understand and live with their addictions, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon serve similar purposes for the families and friends trying to learn to love and help the alcoholics and addicts close to them.
* Al-Anon Family Groups
* Al-Ateen: Fellowship of Young Al-Anon members
* Betty Ford Colorado Children’s Program
* FAQs and Facts for the Friends & Families of Alcoholics/Addicts
* Adult Children of Alcoholics World Service Organization
Family Dos and Don’ts of Recovery
Staying sober is a life-long journey that is much easier with the support of friends and family members. Remember that recovery is a process.
* Do not tempt or test the newly recovering person by having alcohol or drugs available in your home or by offering them drugs or alcohol. Even in anger, do not tell them that you liked them better when they were drunk or using.
* Create a substance-free environment before they come home from treatment.
* In early recovery, avoid going to places where alcohol and drugs are sold. Avoid the old stomping grounds – bars, using “friends” or other places or circumstances where they used or drank.
* Encourage your loved one’s attendance at 12 step meetings. Meeting attendance can be time consuming but necessary for recovering individuals. Recovering folks will be attending meetings, meeting with their sponsor as well as doing volunteer work. This takes time away from home but again is necessary for recovery.
* Learn all you can about substance abuse, including the symptoms and the recovery process. Seek support for yourself. Supporting someone who has substance abuse problems can be draining. At times you may need someone to talk to so that you are able to process all of the emotions you are experiencing. Alanon is an exceptionally good system to help you. Sobriety House offers a very popular Alanon meeting on Sunday mornings.
* Offer your love and support – avoid negativity. However, set boundaries for your loved one, letting him or her know the behaviors that you are not going to tolerate. When you set these limits, be sure to stick to them so your loved one knows you are serious.
* Encourage healthy habits – food, exercising and playing games are all positive, substance-free activities that recovering addicts can do with their loved ones
* Clean and sober means clean and sober. Substituting one drug for another (marijuana for alcohol, for example is not acceptable.