Family members and close friends are among those most deeply impacted by the addiction process. At Parkdale, we will not let you become the “forgotten victims.” It is perfectly normal for family members to struggle significantly with issues of guilt, shame, anger, blame, and co-dependence. The professional’s family also deals with other important concerns regarding finances, family dynamics, and social stigma. The whole support system deserves to heal. Parkdale is committed to helping the family and friends of addicted professionals through available counseling and therapy, education, resources, and payment plans. We see that the family and caregivers as equally in need of healing.
We also understand and utilize strict confidentiality protocols to provide peace of mind to the professional and their family. If you question whether or not you or a loved one may be addicted to or abusing substances, we encourage you to utilize these industry-standard screening tools that are not meant to diagnose, but may serve as preliminary indicators that there is a problem with substance abuse /substance use disorder:
We have staff dedicated specifically to helping family and friends throughout this difficult process. Our network of affiliates throughout the country provide access to follow-up counseling and other services long after the client is treated on-site. Only together we will learn. At Parkdale, we understand the reality that addiction is a disease affecting the entire family and we are uniquely qualified to help everyone involved restore hope and rebuild lives.
Weekly Family Support Zoom Meetings
Each Monday at 6pm CT, we offer Zoom Family Support meetings. These meetings are open to the loved ones of both current and former Parkdale Center patients. They’re designed to provide ongoing support to families while their loved ones are in treatment and beyond. They are forums for loved ones to talk and learn with other families, all working on similar challenges, under the guidance of a trained counselor.
For more information about any of Parkdale Center’s Family Services, please contact Irene Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-Person, 2-Day Family Support Program
Parkdale recognizes and treats addiction as a family disease. We encourage all family members to participate in our family program for the following reasons:
Provides staff with an opportunity to learn about the client’s family, observe family interaction, and gain input from you and your family.
Models compliance with treatment – even when uncomfortable. If your loved one feels pressure to remain in treatment due to you or your family’s requests, he or she tends to maintain involvement, even during periods of low motivation. This provides him/her with an increased level of motivation.
Creates a safe environment to verbalize your concerns, questions, experiences, and feelings related to your addicted family member.
Offers your loved one an opportunity to hear you and your family’s feelings and experiences.
Provides your loved one the opportunity to receive support from you and your family.
- Gives you and your family crucial education and support from other families going through the same thing. It allows you to share anger, worry, confusion, and other emotional reactions with people who can directly relate and can help diffuse negative feelings.
Encourages you to attend additional counseling or support groups, and helps educate you on how you can benefit from additional support.
Affords you a better understanding about your past behaviors and way of interacting with your loved one that should be avoided, and which are considered enabling.
Provides you the self-care strategies so that all the recovery efforts are not simply directed at your addicted loved one. Understanding the importance of self-care for both the family and the one struggling in addiction is crucial to everyone’s healing. Participation is critical to the process. Families are always encouraged to share primary concerns and issues.
Family visitation is not permitted during the first two weeks of treatment, and following that, will only be granted with the permission of the clinical staff. Please encourage your loved ones to take advantage of Parkdale Center’s Family Support offerings.
Family Program Topics
Co-dependency & Enabling | Healthy Boundaries | Science of Addiction | Stages of Relapse & Prevention | Shame & Guilt Process | 12 Step Programs | Return Home Expectations
Family Video Resources
Pleasure Unwoven – An Explanation of Brains Disease of Addiction -- By Kevin MCCauley | HBO Documentary – Addiction, Why Can’t They Just Stop | ABC Primetime – Family Secrets: Inside Addiction | Co-Dependency Overcoming Co-Dependency and Develop Healthy Relationships BY: Jeff Gazley, MS.,LMFT
Family Reading Resources
Co-Dependent No More – By: Melanie Beattie | Beyond Codependency – By: Melody Beattie | In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction by Gabor Mate and Peter A. Levine | The Mindfulness Workbook for Addiction: A Guide to Coping with the Grief, Stress and Anger that Trigger Addictive Behavior. by Rebecca E. Williams and Julie S. Kraft MA
We understand that it may be difficult to approach a loved one about their addiction, however, the consequences of not talking about it may be far worse than the alternative. We are here to help you through this stage in your lives.