Excessive drinking can greatly impact the family.
The behavior and actions of someone under the influence can be extremely abusive, and because they are drunk, they do not realize it. The ability to trust a loved one with a drinking problem is lost over time as well. Part of rehabilitation is a specific alcohol treatment program intended for the family. Residents are encouraged to invite family members to come and participate in this dedicated program. It is such an important part of our alcohol treatment experience, it is offered every third week of the treatment schedule.
The family week consists of a number of elements. It gives the family a little insight into the daily occurrences of our alcohol rehab program. Lectures and workshops are offered to families to help them understand the nature of alcohol use. Programs are provided to help the family understand the need for aftercare. Therapy sessions are available to address the underlying problems of addiction within the family. Family Week helps to tear down the barriers built up by addiction and begin the process of healing. The family is better prepared to provide help and support, as well as be more aware of the behaviors of alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism is something that does not go away. The impulses to drink are still ever-present. The recovering alcoholic must manage the impulses to drink. At first, these impulses are constant and can be a struggle. Over time, the impulses lessen. To help recovering alcoholics manage their addiction and overcome these impulses, Cirque Lodge prescribes an alcohol continuing care plan for residents. Through this plan, the recovering alcoholic has the proper means of help and support for continuing their recovery with the completion of treatment. Aftercare works with each resident to create the best possible continuing care plan for them.