At CHARTER our family work is a priority to us, as we treat addiction as a family condition. Family is where the addiction takes root and develops even where families have a lot of love for one another; it’s where troubles have happened and family members have accommodated and have picked up the pieces for years; it’s where arguments and apologies have happened over and again until everyone is defeated and scared by this powerful self-destructive condition.
Thus, when someone suffers from an addiction, the family should be provided with support and education too. Whether you have a loved one in treatment, or wish your loved one would accept therapy or treatment, there’s plenty you can do to be part of the solution, or at the very least to stop feeling like you are making things worse!
At CHARTER we invest in families and teach a proactive transition from helplessness to acceptance of powerlessness, from resentment to compassion, from codependence to respectful love, and from empty threats to the empowerment of respectful boundaries. The things we suggest for recovery within the family include:
Most family members find the popular weekly Family Group important and motivating part of their recovery journeys – here you can ask questions, share feelings and learn.
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Many go on to attend the weekly Men’s Group or Women’s Group or the evening Psychotherapy Group.
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The workshops are profoundly useful too, reported as life changing for many. These focus separately on Anger, Shame, Childhood Trauma (Parenting from Within) and we will shortly be adding workshops focusing on love and one on fear and anxiety. There are also Parenting for Prevention workshops run at regular intervals throughout the year by Mandy Saligari.
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We provide family sessions, educational sessions and individual therapy wherever we consider it is needed or would be beneficial. Please always ask if you feel this would help.
You should be aware that sometimes things appear to get worse before they get better as once the coping mechanism is removed, people feel very vulnerable and this can manifest as anger and blame. Talk to us as you and your family go through the process of treatment and early recovery and let us support you on this challenging but very worthwhile journey. Learning how to recognise addiction as separate to those you love is the first step in dismantling its influence on how you react, you’re powerless not helpless, there is a difference!
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, so just give us a call to see if we can help. Some members of our team are in long term recovery from addiction themselves or have family members who have suffered with some kind of addiction, so we know what it’s like to stand where you are standing. CHARTER really can offer help to everybody in the family, we encourage you to make contact either by completing our Enquiry Form or pick up the phone and give us a call if you prefer so that we can discuss your treatment options and how we can help you or a member of your family.
We also have a library of useful documents for you to download and read in our PDF Library.PDF LIBRARY
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