Family Support Program for families impacted by alcohol and other drugs

Category: General
Wednesday 24 May 2017


Alcohol & Other Drugs Family Support Group

For family members, significant others and supports of people struggling with addiction and substance abuse.

When:    Fridays 10am to 12pm
                (Morning tea supplied)

Where:  Bass Coast Health - San Remo
              1 Back Beach Road

This program is facilitated by Bass Coast Health Alcohol and Other Drug Counsellors and Peer Support volunteers and will help participants to be better equipped in knowing what to do if a friend or relative is struggling with addiction or any substance abuse.

Families and supporters will be:

  • Able to recognise signs of addiction of alcohol and other drug use, particularly early warning signs
  • Educated on addictive behaviours and substance dependence.  This will include education around brain functioning and alcohol and other drug use
  • Able to understand how to manage difficult behaviour
  • Given strategies for self-care and maintenance of healthy family life
  • Supported to understand and maintain appropriate boundaries with the person struggling with addiction
  • Supported to understand the person in addiction rather than judge the person with addiction issues
  • Offered emotional support and will be given strategies to manage their emotional wellbeing including coping with grief
  • Able to support the person in Addiction to seek treatment and/or other service support as appropriate
  • Able to learn how to support other members of the family that are impacted
  • Given strategies for prioritizing needs amongst family members while they are dealing with the instability and chaos that is associated with addiction lifestyle