"I was blown away when Jodi taught me what I did for my 'normal' children did not work for my addicted child. I learned I had to do the opposite of what I wanted to do. When I learned that, everything started to make sense."
~ CJ - Burnaby BC
Family Groups and the community they create are a vital component for core family healing.
There is something special about family group, even when it is online. Families can understand each other like on one else can, because they all have a shared experience with addiction. The details may be different, but the feelings are the same.
Family members come together to learn from each other, share their experience, successes, struggles and wisdom with each other and hold each other up like no one else can.
An online educational group for family members and friends with a loved one in treatment.
Help! I have an Addicted Loved One
This group is for families who have a child in the throws of active addiction. In this group, the facilitator teaches the family new skills that allow them to stay connected to their addicted family member while disengaging from the chaos and drama produced by the addictive behaviours. Family members learn to set boundaries and clearly state their need without shaming, nagging or browbeating their addicted loved one. This allows the door of communication to remain open when the addicted loved one wants help.
Treatment Now What?! Support Group
Families Do Recover is offering a support and education group for families with a loved one in treatment.
Treatment Now What!? - Online Family Group is a 4-week, online support and education group for families with a loved one in treatment. The Group takes place on line Wednesday Evenings from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (PST)
The group is 2 hours in length and accommodates up to 20 people. The first 60 minutes is devoted to education and the last 60 minutes for sharing and support.
The educational component offers education and tips for family members. It will also help you explore your journey with addiction, helping you become aware of patterns so that you have more opportunities to grow and improve your life.
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The support component will allow you to share your experiences, gather support from other members, and offer suggestions and solutions to each other.
The main purpose of the group is for people to develop a base of knowledge about addiction, forge connections with others in a similar circumstance, learn they are not alone, and glean support from each other.
Continuing Support Group
This is a group for families who have completed either Treatment Now What or Help I Have An Addicted Loved One. It is a group for families who would like ongoing support and community regardless of their loved one's journey. It does not matter whether the loved one is in active addiction or in recovery. This group is for family to learn how to support them either way. We teach the families different ways of communicating and relating to their family member while maintaining a positive unobtrusive relationship and connection.
"It is not enough to put your child into rehab; you have to look after yourself. We know that without Jodi, and the other parents in the group, we would not have made it and we would have continued to blame each other for our daughter’s addiction. We have learned that we did not cause it, we cannot cure it, and we cannot control it, but we can face it together. Jodi has brought a calming peace into our lives, which has made this unfortunate and unexpected journey livable."
~ Jennifer and Jim, Vancouver
An Intervention is a well organized expression of love and concern for someone who is struggling with addiction. By delivering a message of "I love you and I can't watch or help you destroy yourself anymore," you are potentially saving your loved one's life.
The family and close friends surround the addicted loved one and deliver a consistent message of love and consequences such as: “If you stop using or drinking and accept help ‘A’ will happen. If you don’t, ‘B’ will happen.” The intent of the message is to direct your loved one to treatment.
By delivering this message, you are creating a crisis in your addicted loved one's life to the point where you are increasing the consequences of their behaviour and making the pain of addiction greater than the fear of getting clean and sober. Treatment then becomes the only option.
This is followed by a family session with the entire family including the recovering loved one. This can be done in person or if distance is an issue, it can be done online.
During the session, everyone has an opportunity to speak their mind and let their expectations and concerns be known. We work together to find workable solutions and support for everyone involved.
Often families live out of town and meeting face to face is challenging. I can do any and all of these family sessions online so you don't have to travel.