Support for Family & Friends

Are you concerned about a loved one’s use of alcohol/drugs?

We feel strongly that the needs of family members and significant others during the client’s care are important and should be addressed while the client is going through our treatment program for substance use and any co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression, which can often impede recovery.
We provide support services to family members and significant others using the Community Reinforcement and Family Training Program.​
Therapy sessions for the client and their family/significant others are available through our outpatient clinic.​
If you’d like to learn more, please contact us via the options provided on the link below.

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Stages of Coping When a Loved One Has a Substance Use Disorder

Stage 1: Search

Question the possibility of substance use. Search for reasons why changes are occurring in your loved one or reasons why this may have happened.
Question the loved one & accept the answer that they are NOT using.

Stage 2: Deny

Deny that substance use is occurring or that substance use is a problem. Grieve for the loss of dreams you once had for your loved one. Common feelings include frustration and anger toward yourself and for your loved one. You may feel guilty for not realizing problems sooner or be afraid of what the future holds.

Stage 3: Accept

Accept that substance use is the cause of the observed changes in your loved one. Understand that while we can provide guidance, your loved one will be the source of their own action to achieve recovery. Realize that one does not have to accept unacceptable behavior forever.

Stage 4: Learn

Learn about the nature and risk factors for substance use disorder and the available resources to support family members. Begin to distinguish the difference between behaviors related to the substance use and your loved one themselves.

SOURCE: Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

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