Abstain understands the importantance of the role played by the family is in a client’s recovery.
There are two key roles that have to be addressed:
The first is the role that the family members can play in helping to keep the client in recovery. It is about educating the family around the do’s and don’ts of recovery.
This is important in the early recovery period due to the changes in the family dynamic that occur when a person initially stops drinking.
The individual who is in recovery is going through many changes and these changes impact on the family.Whilst the individual was drinking the family have adapted and changed.
Initially those close to the problem drinker tend to complain and confront the individual in the hope that he will change.
But when this fails, families tend to settle into new routines and work around the drinker.
When the individual stops drinking the family no longer know where they fit into the new dynamic and can without knowing sabotage the recovery.
Abstain can work with the individual and their family to help avoid some of the common problems that these changes bring.
The second key area of work that Abstain can offer the family and friends of their clients is
in working towards taking care of the family members individual needs, by keeping themselves
safe and educating them towards developing an understanding of what to expect and of what they
have control over.
Abstain facilitate this by applying family therapies like the COMMUNITY REINFORCEMENT AND FAMILY TRAINING (C.R.A.F.T.) philosophy.
Abstain can also offer couples therapy in hope of helping the clients to maintain relationships and develop reasons for maintaining the changes and new behaviours.
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