Close-knit support involving loved ones can be invaluable to sustained recovery
Families and friends of those affected by addiction can suffer a great deal of stress, often worrying that they are responsible for the problem and not feeling equipped to react to the situation.
Many residential treatment settings offer a range of support services, including support groups, wellbeing days, and specific support programmes for relatives and friends. Trevi House in Plymouth has pioneered programmes that create space for women to keep their children with them as they attend treatment.
Research has shown that supporting families can increase the chance of successful outcomes for the addicted person, while counselling and support programmes can greatly improve the dynamics of family relationships.
‘For the past 25 years Trevi House has worked with hundreds of women and their children – at a residential rehab and more recently through outreach at our Sunflower Women’s Centre – getting mum off drugs or alcohol for good and giving her the skills to be the best parent she possibly can.’
‘Groups can work so well for “affected others” just as they can support people tackling their own addiction. You can be with people who are just like you, get identification and lose the feelings of judgement and shame. It takes away the isolation that can come with addiction and make people unwell.’
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