It is neither a new thought nor a well-kept secret that family involvement in a substance misuse or abuse treatment program greatly increases the chances for a successful experience. However, some of the subtle reasons for family involvement are often misunderstood or even overlooked. For example, we know that it increases the chances for a successful treatment experience for the enrollee, but we also know that it helps the family and friends who participate as well. We suspect that anyone reading this who has had any type of a relationship with someone in an active addiction can confirm that they have paid an emotional price themselves. And depending on the nature of that relationship, it could have been a social or even financial price as well. Unfortunately, the needs of the friends and family rarely get met or even identified unless the substance abuser gets into a treatment program. And even then, the opportunities for them to get help with their own issues related to these relationships are limited at best.
The Genesis ‘Family & Friends’ support group is a direct result of feedback and requests that have come from participants in the regular Tuesday night family groups that are a part of the treatment program for our patients. It was through them that we were inspired to create an interactive education and support group that is open to the public and designed specifically for the needs of family and friends of substance abusers regardless of whether they are in recovery.
You do not need to have a loved one enrolled in Genesis past or present to take advantage of this unique opportunity. We have Family & Friends support groups at both our Ventura and our Thousand Oaks location on Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. If you feel that you or anyone you know might benefit from this opportunity, or even if you just have some questions, please give us a call.