Family Involvement

Harmony views parents or significant others as vital partners in a loved one’s treatment and recovery. Counsellors gain important insight and information from parents during the assessment process and throughout treatment, and counsellors provide parents with weekly updates on the patient’s progress. Patients may call their parents every day during free time if they wish, and parents are able to leave messages for their child as often as they choose.

Our intensive family programme equips parents with the knowledge that they did not cause their child’s addiction, and teaches techniques for effectively supporting their child’s new life in recovery. Through small-group discussions with other parents, lectures and videos, parents explore the far-reaching impact of addiction on their child’s life, their life, and their family’s life, and discover ways to parent a young person in recovery. This programme runs every Saturday morning and includes a full day workshop the last Thursday of every month.

Families feel the pain of addiction too. The family programme at Harmony is designed to promote the wellbeing of those who live with, or care about, a person with addiction.

Through Harmony’s family programme, participants learn that they can’t control their loved one’s addiction, but they can take responsibility for their own health and happiness.

The stress of living with addiction can have physical, emotional, social, and spiritual consequences. Families of alcoholics and addicts often feel confused, frustrated, angry, and helpless. Family Programme helps to alleviate confusion and anxiety and promotes healing by identifying how addiction affects families and what family members can do to take care of themselves. Participants do not need to have a family at Harmony in order to enroll in the family Programme.

The Family Programme teaches and promotes healthy ways of responding to addiction-related issues. This intensely educational experience involves presentations by Family Programme staff, group discussions, personal goal-setting, reading and reflection, and fellowship with other participants.

Loved ones of those with addiction learn that they can’t control addiction, they didn’t cause the addiction, and they can’t cure addiction. By becoming aware of the beliefs and experiences that shape their own behaviours, participants identify new, healthy ways of coping with addiction and relationships.

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