Addiction is called a family disease for many valid reasons. Family members often do not recognize how deeply the disease may have affected them until their loved one is in rehab or extended care. There may be great feeling of relief because someone's addiction has affected you in a negative way. Where family members have been on tip-toes trying to avoid a fight and compromising their value systems; they may now find themselves at a real loss about what to do next.
We offer the family a chance to heal as a family in different ways. After watching the change in many families, we have come to recommend family therapy. We have several therapists in the area with whom we have a close working relationship. Each of our affiliated Intensive Outpatient Programs have both family therapy and family coaching. During the final transitioning to home, we hope that the family attend family therapy every week for at least two months and make arrangements for therapy to continue at home.
Second, we also recommend the Family Information Session, HOPE AND COPE, offered by Turnbridge's Diana Clark and our affiliated therapist, Liz Wilson. It's held every first and third Monday night at 7 at the Congregational Church, 26 Meetinghouse Lane in Madison, Connecticut.
Nar-anon (nar-anon.org) For family members of ones struggling with addiction.
Gam-anon (gam-anon.org) For family members of ones who have problem gambling.
Coda.org (coda.org) For individuals struggling with co-dependency.
Adultchildren.org (adultchildren.org) For adult children of parents struggled with addiction.