Addiction is an illness that not only affects the individual themselves, but the health and wellbeing of those closest to them can be significantly impacted too. And it can be a really lonely place. If this resonates with you, please know that help is at hand and you are not alone. Our online Family Programme is open to anybody who has been affected by someone else’s addiction and it will give you support from our counsellor and other participants who understand.
It’s a one-day session that’s led by a Broadway Lodge counsellor and held on a Sunday (usually the last Sunday of the month), facilitated online using video calling platform, Zoom. It begins at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm.
The best help you can give to your loved one is to get help for yourself.
You may have tried everything in an attempt to help the individual to stop using alcohol, drugs or harmful behaviours yet it still continues. You may have a loved one who is now in recovery, but you are left with resentments and trauma from the whole ordeal you have endured throughout the active addiction. Perhaps you would like to understand more about the illness of addiction, know what you should do moving forward and speak with others who have also been through a difficult time. You may feel that your general wellbeing has weakened from the stress, fear, worry and anger and you’re not feeling yourself anymore. Either way, if your wellbeing is affected by someone else’s addiction then we would love to help and have you join our online Family Programme.
It’s not uncommon for participants to say that they didn’t realise how much they needed it until they had taken part and sometimes they participate more than once because they find the sessions so valuable.
It’s likely that you will experience some lightbulb moments when you participate in our Family Programme!
You will learn about the nature of addiction, the drama triangle, the roles that relatives can often adopt (and why this can cause problems for you) and what the enabling cycle is and why it’s so damaging. The Family Programme also offers the space to talk about your feelings and gain clarity about how to move forward and how to look after your own wellbeing.
The sessions are interactive, so the counsellor will ask how you are feeling and encourage you to have input and ask questions in order to maximise the benefit of the day but there is no pressure to contribute if you would rather not – we want you to feel as relaxed as possible. Whilst talking about what’s been happening for you and how you are feeling might seem like an uncomfortable prospect, talking in a non-judgmental space with others who understand can lead to feelings of huge relief and this alone can lift a weight from your shoulders.
I would just like to say how informative and valuable the Family Programme has been. It has enabled me to learn more about my husband’s struggle with alcoholism and share our stories with the group. I hadn’t even realised there was such a term as the ‘drama triangle’. Chris delivered key tools and support which will help me with my own recovery as well as how to support my husband.
The Family Programme day costs £20 (plus Eventbrite booking fee) and that’s for up to two people sharing a screen. If you have a relative staying at Broadway Lodge on a private treatment package, the cost is included in the package so you will not be charged.
To book a place online, head to our Events page where the upcoming Family Programme dates are listed. Click into the one you would like to join and click the green ‘Book now’ button where you will be taken to Eventbrite and asked to input your details. Once your booking is confirmed, you will be contacted by us with the details you need and if you choose, we will send you a pack in the post with useful information ahead of the session. Alternatively, please call us on 01934 812319 and you can book and pay over the phone (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm).Go To Events Page