Addiction is called “a family disease” for good reason. When a loved one becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs family members are profoundly affected, sometimes becoming even more sick than the addict.
By the time an individual reaches out for help, the disease of addiction has typically progressed to a crisis level for the addict and family alike. Our program at Soul Surgery is designed to help not only people who have addiction but the entire family—from spouses to parents or caregivers to siblings and children—because everyone affected by alcohol or drugs needs support, care and healing.
Through a variety of educational presentations and activities, Soul Surgery’s Family Program provides your whole family the opportunity to begin their own journey of recovery.
How Soul Surgery is different?
Recovery is stronger when all family members understand the nature of drug addiction and are involved in the healing process. By educating you about the disease of addiction and the different ways family members are affected—whether parent, child, spouse or partner—our programs and services help you:
- Work through the chaos you’re experiencing
- Set healthy boundaries
- Rebuild trusting relationships
- Improve communication with one another
Family therapy for addiction is a fundamental part of the recovery process. At Soul Surgery we focus on key areas: connection, healing, knowledge, and hope. We’ll help you stay connected with your loved one while creating your own safe space. We know both the family and the patient need their own kind of support. The healing process begins when we better understand the disease of addiction, address the stigma’s attached, guilt, shame, and replace them with empathy. Knowledge is power so understanding the disease of addiction and the behaviors associated is crucial. When you know better, you do better. Hope is the beginning of recovery and family members learn how to set healthy boundaries and detach with love and compassion.
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Family involvement gives family members and friends space and permission to productively and actively voice difficult and painful emotions that have been brought on by the disease of addiction. Addiction “bleeds” into a family system much like cancer spreads to organs. Recovery heals and has a positive impact in everyone’s lives the disease has touched.