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Moving past addiction

addiction is a family disease

Family Unwrapping

Structured Family Recovery

Healing the family for lasting recovery

Treating addiction successfully is rarely a one-person solution.  A study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that people with families who supported their loved one's addiction treatment had twice as much success after six months, one year, and three-or-more years. 

Anyone who has experienced a loved one struggling with addiction are at a far greater risk of unhealthy dynamics, such as codependency, enabling, and feelings of shame, guilt, and resentment. Family members who have dealt with addiction are far more likely to have experienced:

  • emotional distress

  • financial strain

  • a feeling of helplessness in relation to their loved one's addiction

What is Structured Family Recovery?

Over 80% of the general population going to treatment relapses within the first year. Doctors who have been addicted have a recovery rate of about 80%, so what the difference? Doctors have eight essential elements prescribed by the physician’s health program. This is what they must follow to be able to continue to practice medicine. As described in Debra Jays book “It Takes A Family”.

  • Positive Reward and negative consequences

  • Establishing frequency of random drug testing

  • Fellowship-based Program Attendance

  • Viable Role Models and recovery Mentors

  • Modified Lifestyles

  • Active and sustained monitoring

  • Active Management of Relapse

  • Continued Care Approach

Providing these eight essential elements recovery rates can rise.  This structure is for the whole family, not just the addict. Structured Family Recovery can begin even before treatment starts. This starts with bringing the family together as a team to address the situation. Moving the family from crisis to health.

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