Our Family Workshop
Addiction is often called “a family disease.” This is because the negative effects of an individual’s addiction ripple out to every other member of the family. Family members adapt their behavior to cope with the addict’s behaviors. There might be enabling or caretaking behaviors. There might be a tendency to walk on eggshells and hold emotions inside. There might be a mountain of unspoken resentment and pain. There is usually a huge amount of misunderstanding about what addiction really is, and why the addict can’t “just stop.”
Addiction is a baffling, powerful and painful disease. It robs individuals of their self-worth and buries them in shame. It leaves a trail of wreckage in its wake. And it creates resentment and sadness in everyone it orbits.
The Plymouth House’s two-day family workshop is designed to help the family process the trauma of what has happened, to express their anger and pain, and to learn more about why their loved one has been powerless to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. The goal is healing for everyone.
The two-day workshop is led by a highly experienced therapist, Michael Herbert, who has been conducting similar family workshops at treatment centers all across the country. Michael has three decades of experience as a drug and alcohol counselor and a highly-developed skill of helping families change their unhealthy dynamics. He is a certified recovery coach, certified addiction counselor and certified interventionist.