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.
You are not alone
One of the hardest parts of having an addict in the family is reaching out for help. But help is available. At Bellwood, we offer a number of addiction treatment services and programs to help you and your family rebuild your lives. A good starting point is to call and speak with one of our addiction counsellors. They can help you identify your families immediate needs and discuss your next steps.
Bellwood’s 3.5-Day Family Program is designed to address issues and behaviours that are destructive both to your loved one with an addiction, and your family. Presentations, workshops and counselling sessions help you understand addictive behaviour, its impact on the family, and how you can be an active participant in your loved one’s recovery – and, more importantly, your own. Sessions are held in a safe and supportive environment.
Even if the person you are concerned about is not ready to seek treatment, we can offer you the support and guidance you need to deal with the behaviour and the negative impact that addiction has had on you. You don’t need to have a family member in a Bellwood treatment program to enroll in our Family Program. It is available to anyone seeking help.
The program offers psycho-educational sessions on alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, problem gambling, sex addiction and PTSD, as well as education around what early recovery looks like. We provide a safe, confidential and supportive setting for your family to examine how addiction has affected you psychologically, emotionally, socially and physically. The 3.5-Day Family Program also provides the opportunity for your family to examine some of your own adaptations, such as enabling behaviours, struggles with control, and co-dependency.
We encourage you to attend the entire 3.5-Day Family Program while your family member is in treatment, however, we realize that this is sometimes difficult. If you are unable to participate in the entire program, you may attend any future Family Program to make up the missed sessions or days.
Please Note: Having a family member in one of our treatment programs is NOT a prerequisite to attend the Family Program.
To register online for the upcoming Bellwood Education Seminar, please contact us. Seating is limited.
Frequently Asked Questions by Family Members
If addiction has touched your family, then you may be feeling a bit lost and confused, your mind is filled with so many questions. We’ve compiled answers to the most commonly asked questions about addiction. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for, just give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-387-6198.
How can I help my loved one to stop?
Start by having a frank and honest conversation about your concerns. Choose a time when both of you are feeling calm and your loved one is not under the influence. Keep in mind that addiction is a family disease, so it’s important that you and other family members who are affected by the addiction seek the help you need. Doing so may motivate your loved one to seek help.
Is it my fault?
Addicts often blame their problem on the people closest to them. Families can end up blaming themselves and trying to gain control of matters that are beyond their direct influence. But the simple truth is that addicts are responsible for their own behaviour. Your loved one’s addiction is not your fault.
How do I get my loved one to treatment?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to motivating people to seek addiction treatment. But a good way to start is by letting your loved one know how much you care and sharing your concerns and fears. If this strategy doesn’t work, then you may want to try an intervention — a loving process where a group of family, friends, and co-workers is led by a trained counsellor to talk with the addicted person in order to motivate him or her to seek help.
Can I commit my loved one to an institution?
No. Only a medical professional can commit patients to an institution, and only with sufficient evidence that they pose a danger to themselves and to others. The commitment period typically lasts up to 72 hours, too brief to affect long-term change in addicts. In situations where your loved one is in crisis, it is best to call 911. Emergency services will connect you with social services.
Can my loved one be cured of addiction?
Addiction is a lifelong process with no cure at present. But people can and do recover, with many subsequently – living happy, healthy and productive lives. Call us today to speak to a counsellor.