Addiction is a “family disease”. That is, when examining the genetics of the “family tree” of the average alcoholic or drug addict, addiction is often very evident generationally. Sadly, when the addict is deep in their addiction, they often hurt the ones closest to them — those they love the most.
Substance abuse affects the whole family. It is important to the Mission Recovery treatment team, that all family members have an opportunity to gain information and knowledge about the disease so that they too can heal from emotional and relational wounds.
We begin by reminding the family of the three “C’s” of this disease. The three “C’s” are:
You did not cause it
You cannot control it
You cannot cure it
Our case managers and therapists devote time to instruct families and provide materials that will strengthen recovery. Our weekend educational workshops and one-to-one consults with family members further enhance spiritual, emotional and relational growth. Among other topics, our workshops address issues such as: co-dependence and enabling, boundaries, dis-engagement and re-engagement and therapeutic strategies for marriages that struggle.
Once the resident completes their program at Mission Recovery and returns to their home, it is important that the entire family be prepared to embrace behaviors and values that enhance true sobriety and sane ways in which to live life in relationship. We are here to walk the entire family through the process of healing while engaged in the treatment process.