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.
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.
Bellwood’s four 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.
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 four 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.