Family Support Programme
We know that loved ones of those suffering from addiction need support almost as much as the sufferers themselves. The Cedars offers a unique Family Support Programme to facilitate this. Family members become frustrated with a repetitive cycle where the abnormal has become normal – leading to feelings of loneliness, hopelessness and desperation.
Often, the first step to a solution for all concerned is an understanding of the disease of addiction, and a concrete plan of action for the family and the addict.
Modules and costs
Addiction Theory 1
- Is it an illness or a choice?
- Characteristics and symptoms.
- Criteria for abuse, dependence and addiction.
- Types of abused drugs.
- Drug use stages.
- Treatment options.
Addiction Theory 2
- Stages of Change Model.
- Recovery options for the addict.
- Stages of Recovery.
- Tools and solutions for sustainable recovery.
- Why is addiction a family illness?
- Common symptoms and effects on the family unit.
- Am I affected if I don’t abuse substances?
- Tools and support structures for the family.
To best understand Addiction Theory, it is strongly suggested to attend Session 1 and 2 of the series.
- Do you put the needs of others over your own personal needs?
- Do you put all your energy in to helping others?
- Are you consumed with getting the addict or alcoholic to stop drinking or using drugs?
- Say what you mean and mean what you say.
- Identify specific communication problems.
- Do I enable?
- Why is enabling harmful to an addict or alcoholic?
- How do I stop enabling?
- What is a boundary?
- Symptoms of ignored boundaries.
- Healthy boundary setting.
- Benefits of boundary setting.
- Tools and guidelines for setting effective boundaries
- What is detachment and why is it so difficult to apply to the addict or alcoholic?
- How to not create or react to a crisis.
- Recognise and stop enabling behaviour.
- Learn how to prioritise your own needs.