Family and Relationships in Recovery
Addiction Affects Family Dynamics
Every Sunday from 9am to 6pm is family time at the facility. Residents may invite family and friends to join them for quiet walks, talks, and sometimes, unbridled fun. Family involvement is encouraged since the "family" is a major support system for a successful recovery.
During the ravages of addiction, the family of the addict has made severe sacrifices to survive the disease. Not infrequently, sheer self-preservation has forced family members to cut their ties with their addicted loved one.
Now that the addict is in on the road to recovery all is well and good. But what about the spouse or parent who is still locked into the lifestyle adjustments the disease has demanded? How do they begin their road to recovery? The Courage to Change staff is dedicated to working with those clients who sincerely want to reunite and repair their family ties. Many C2C clients have been separated from their children. C2C works with social services and the court system on dependency and neglect cases to facilitate reuniting recovered parents with their children. In 2008, Courage to Change worked with 185 clients whose addiction affected over 500 children.
Life after trauma presents new challenges and new responsibilities. These range from developing new and healthier friendships and relationships, to furthering or developing a career and creating financial security.
Courage to Change integrates the Dr. Ross Trauma Model to provide quality treatment and education for clients, in the area of trauma and extensive comorbidity. The Trauma Model is the outcome of twenty-one years of work in medicine and psychiatry. Psychiatrist Colin A. Ross defines the problem of comorbidity as the central conceptual problem in psychiatry, then solves it using the logic and predictions of the Trauma Model. A person with extensive comorbidity suffers from many different psychiatric disorders at the same time.
Trauma Model Therapy is suitable for a wide range of mental health problems and addictions. Emphasis is on dissociation because it is the core component of the trauma response, and because dissociation is not as widely understood and recognized as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse, eating and personality disorders.