Multi Family Support Group

We believe that the disease of addiction affects many more people than just the individual who struggles with substance use disorder. Family members and friends of those that suffer from addiction are deeply impacted in a myriad of ways. We have observed that when the family participates and gains understanding, they increase the likelihood that the person struggling with addiction will shift and make changes. Dina Sagarese–Coleman, LMFT, offers a weekly support group for family members. The group is held via zoom on Wednesdays from 1 PM to 3 PM. This is a forum for education and enlightenment, with questions and concerns to be addressed by all who are participating. This group is available throughout a patient’s treatment episode. Once a patient discharges from Beachway Therapy Center, we encourage participants to continue attending Al-Anon, Nar -Anon, or therapy of their own.

More About Family

In our relationships with family members, we form the initial bonds and behavioral patterns that will impact us for the rest of our lives. These can define our personalities throughout our lives. But what if a family member is struggling with substance abuse? Substance abuse threatens to strain family relationships. Alcoholism and drug addiction traumatize and stress the entire family, and without intervention through a family recovery program, trauma can affect an individual for a lifetime.

Living in an intensely emotional environment of fear and manipulation, family members must deal with high stress and anxiety levels. It is not unusual for family members to feel like they are losing their sense of normalcy and self as their loved one’s addiction makes the family dynamics increasingly dysfunctional.

To cope with this uncontrollable situation, family members may resort to hiding the truth from themselves and others, avoiding genuine connections to minimize painful conversations, and feeling intense levels of guilt and shame. These coping mechanisms can keep family members from seeking help.

But just as the whole family suffers when one member struggles with addiction, the whole family is part of the recovery process. Without a family recovery program, family members may suffer effects that last a lifetime.

Boundaries for the family of those that suffer from addiction can be a huge part of recovery.  

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The Consequences of Addiction on a Family

One in five children in the US grow up in homes with parents who struggle with substance abuse. When this substance abuse goes untreated, it can have severe effects on the entire family, but children especially. Below are just some the consequences of untreated addiction trauma in family members:

  • Learned helplessness—When a person can’t change the negative circumstances in their life, they eventually give up, and this helplessness affects other areas of their life.
  • Depression—Painful negative emotions that are unexpressed or unresolved can turn inward mentally, causing depression.
  • Anxiety—A general sense of anxiety may lead the sufferer to project that turmoil onto a phobia, insomnia, or hyper-vigilance.
  • Emotional constriction—People can become numb, and their emotions shut down in the face of panic.
  • Desire to self-medicate—A pain-filled inner world may lead to the use of drugs, alcohol, or behavioral addictions to attempt to find peace.