Families & Addiction
Resources & Help
OAR's Community & Family Program offers a variety of services tailored to the needs of your family to include recovering family groups, individual family therapy, and phased intervention services. We also offer both in-home and on-site family educational opportunities customized to the unique needs of your family. Call 616.396.5284 or email to learn more about these opportunities.
This group offers family members and friends the tools they need to begin healing from the pain experienced when a loved one or friend is struggling with addiction. This group meets Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm at the OAR Annex Building located at 493 Century Lane in Holland. Please call 616.396.5284 or email us for additional details before attending.
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Most of us live by the saying, “What happens in the family, stays in the family!” It’s a belief that fits with our natural desire to protect ourselves and those we love. But there comes a time when what’s happening in our family, is actually hurting our family.
When it comes to “family stuff” — especially addictions, asking for help ranks right up there with public speaking. But not talking about it doesn't make it go away and it doesn't make it better. You get to a point, and maybe you’re there now, where you know something has to change. This is where we can help. We can help you, and your loved ones, create or restore healthy relationships within your family. We can help you identify your options and build upon the strengths that already exist in your family. We can also help you rediscover hope. Hope for yourself and for your loved one.
Where do you begin? The best place to begin is with you. When we hear that, most of us hear a voice that shouts, “But I’m not the problem!” The reality is that the problem doesn't belong to any one individual, it belongs to the family. And as a member of your family, you can be part of the solution. Addiction is a family disease. As it hijacks your family, it touches everyone in your family.
Stepping out to be part of the solution takes courage. Anyone who says differently is not being honest with you. We understand what you’re up against. Whether or not you choose to get help is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever face. You owe it to yourself and to your family to make an informed decision. Call and talk with us. The services of the Community & Family program are provided at no cost to the family.
Has your life been touched by addiction?
If you answered yes...you know first hand how exhausting and frustrating it can be to watch your friend or loved one as they lose a little more of themselves each day. You’ve probably felt a wide range of emotions including anger, sadness, and loneliness. You’re not alone. On average, one of every three of us has a friend or loved one that struggles with an addiction.
Each family is unique. At OAR we tailor your treatment plan to address the needs of your family. Many family members or friends begin by scheduling at time to sit down with one of our family therpists for an informal question and answer time. If you have several family members interesting in learning more about addiction and having their questions answered, this meeting can be held at your home or on-site at one of our office locations - which is ever is more convienent for your family and friends. To schedule and informational meeting simply call 616.396.5284 or send us an email.
After this initial meeting, many family members begin particpating in our weekly Recovering Family Group.
This group will help identify the strengths that exist in your family and shows you how to build upon those strengths to create a healthier environment for your entire family. It's a safe place to begin reclaiming the things addiction has taken from you and your family.
Friends may also attend this group.
Some of the topics addressed in the group include:
- Expectations in Life & Recovery
- Grief, Loss, & Blame
- Improving Your Physical & Emotional Health
- Relapse & Triggers—Yours & Theirs
- Role of Spirituality in Recovery
Individual Family Therapy supplements the Recovering Family Group when needed by addressing the unique needs of your family experience.
Interventions. An intervention is a caring, thought out, deliberate approach for expressing concern for a loved one who is suffering from the disease of addiction. The popularity and awareness of interventions has grown due in part to increased media coverage of celebrities in rehab and reality television depictions of interventions. In contrast to the confrontational one-event intervention, we believe a phased intervention approach that includes all interested family members ultimately produces better outcomes. Addiction is a family disease and each family member that has been exposed to the toxic affects of the disease needs some level of treatment. In a phased intervention, we assess the needs of each family member in order to create a customized treatment plan for the entire family. The time-table for a phased intervention is unique and based upon the needs of the family and the addicted loved one.
To learn more about our phased intervention or other family services, call 616.396.5284 and ask for a staff member in the Community & Family Program.
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