Get help Support for family and friends Support for family and friends Addiction is an illness which can have a profound effect on a friend or relative's behaviour; the addict will often take whatever steps are necessary to sustain her/his addiction. This can involve lying to or stealing from friends and relatives which can seriously damage relationships. Encourage your friend or relative to take the self help actions outlined here. If you can, accompany your friend/relative to appointments. If you require support yourself, one of our qualified counsellor's can provide confidential one to one counselling sessions in Weston-super-Mare. To read more about this service, please click here. Additionally, Al-Anon, Famanon, CoDA, and Alateen provide support groups for family, friends and teenagers affected by someone else's addiction. Once your family member is with us you will be able to visit on Sundays. We hold family lectures to help family members understand how to support the loved one struggling with addiction whilst at the same time taking care of themselves and the wider family. We also use family questionnaires and a family conference to help rebuild relationships with family members damaged by addiction. Family conferences provide the opportunity for a client and family member(s) to come together and under the guidance and support of their counsellor, to open channels of communication, explore issues and pave the way in the development of healthier relationships. Sunday Family Programme - Open to All Every other Sunday from 11am – 4.30pm, we hold our complimentary ‘Family Programme’ which has been implemented to offer more support and education for family members and close friends of patients and non-patients with addiction. It is important that the family know what the person is going through, how to deal with situations and know that they are not alone. It is very important for the family members to look after their own wellbeing and know how to recover from the traumas of the addict’s illness. Attendees will receive education about addiction through a lecture and open discussion covering a range of relevant topics, as well as advice on how to support someone with addiction. We encourage attendance at our family programme for as many weeks as possible before, during and after the relative or friend has completed treatment. Each session will cover different topics so continued attendance is recommended in order to gain the maximum benefit. Following the initial session, one family member praised the programme, writing: It was very humbling to see how other families have suffered, I am sure you see it all the time. A bit of a first for me. It was also very comforting to be acquainted with a professional person who is part of a team giving life-changing support to people, and indirectly to families like ours. Your intelligence, patience, understanding and care for others shone through…Most of us are outsiders to addiction, quite ignorant of all that goes on in sufferer’s lives; you gave us a little insight and that is very helpful. Your messages came through loud and clear. I would like to say how moved I was today about your commitment and how impressed I was with the ethos of the Lodge. The family programme is free to attend, however, we are always happy and grateful to receive donations via our website or in person on the day. Sample Family Programme Agenda: 10:45-11:00: Arrival and sign-in 11:00-12:00: Welcome/ introduction/ diary session 12:00-13:00: Recovery topic e.g. ‘Addiction and the Family Member Explained’ 13:15-14:00: Lunch/ break 14:00-16:00: Visiting (if applicable) 16:00-16:30: Feedback & discussion on the day How to Enquire & Book: If you are visiting a patient at Broadway Lodge, the patient is responsible for booking their visitors to the Sunday family programme. You will not be allowed visiting time if they have not booked you in. For those who are not visiting a current patient, to book your place/s, please call reception on 01934 812319 or email [email protected] Please note, places are limited to two per booking on a first come first serve basis and bookings must be made by 2pm on the Friday prior. We look forward to welcoming you to the programme. Your data will be treated in accordance with the Broadway Lodge Privacy Statement which can be found on our website here.