Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) May 11, 2011
To stop substance abuse that often gets passed from parent to child, Journey Healing Centers (drug and alcohol treatment centers) shares ways to customize Family Support Programs to ensure long-term sobriety versus only treating individual clients fighting addictions. Substance abuse destroys self-esteem, relationships and health, and can be very dangerous if not addressed as a family. Over 78 million Americans, or 43% of adults, have been exposed to alcoholism in the family (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.) An even bigger problem is prescription drug abuse. Overdoses from prescription drugs is now ranked second behind car accidents in the US for causing unintentional injury deaths (US Centers for Disease Control.) According to SAMHSA, hospital visits due to prescription drugs have doubled in the past five years. Additionally, 2,500 children misuse prescription drugs every day in America (Health and Human Services community summit.)
“We average more than 200 family contacts per week by Journey Healing Centers’ Clinical Team, and it is a priority to involve our clients’ families in their treatment. We see a correlation between family involvement and time spent in treatment, as well as continued sobriety upon completion of treatment. It’s clear to us that the more the family gets involved, the greater potential for success of client,” says Jaime Vinck, Corporate Clinical Director for Journey Healing Centers. This family approach is working, as one alumni, Linda explains, “My daughters were an integral part of my treatment, aftercare and continued work with my counselor. That is why I am sober today – two years after leaving treatment.”
The first step is to identify and reduce unhealthy patterns of communication, coping and recreation. Parents must recognize addiction-prone behaviors that are modeled can be easily repeated. Children of alcoholics often pick up behavior that is learned by observing parents. For example, if the parent handles a stressful day with a cocktail, then children may develop this unhealthy coping mechanism. The same is true for the children of workaholics, shopaholics, and parents with extreme behavior patterns.
Along with reducing unhealthy patterns, education about addiction, boundaries, enablement and how to overcome addiction are essential parts of a Family Support Program. To provide continuous support for the family, Journey Healing Centers offers free therapy for any family member or loved one during and after treatment for clients. Journey Healing Centers provides tools to confront stressful situations tapping into body, mind and spirit, rather than seeking soothing by external sources. This support is accomplished by introducing other solutions for high risk situations such as peer support, meditation, spiritual readings, yoga, community service and working with animals. Family members are involved in the solutions during aftercare planning so there is continuous support after treatment.
While Obama has best intentions with a Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan, breaking the cycle of addiction in families is not easy. Journey Healing Centers urges families and other addiction treatment centers to make family support and education a central part of any sobriety program. Children of alcoholics often enable a parent’s addictive behavior by “keeping the peace,” which may include being overly helpful and/or obsessing over being perfect. Other children act out to get attention, and it’s all a dangerous cycle that deserves to be broken. It’s so important on a national and individual level to educate the public on the possible dangers of drugs and alcohol. Many prevention plans in place are more reactionary. Being proactive about pain management starts with education versus medication. For example, doctors who prescribe painkillers that have the potential to be addictive need to educate their patients on the dangers and monitor pain and tolerance levels better. Many Journey Healing Centers clients who come into treatment with addictions to prescriptions were only doing what the doctor told them to do. By following the prescription instructions, the individual eventually built up a tolerance requiring a stronger medication, started doctor shopping or took more than prescribed. When families have more knowledge about addiction and how fast it can happen, loved ones can help addicts break dangerous patterns and provide support during and after treatment.
Journey Healing Centers operates drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers in Arizona and Utah, and has been featured on MTV's Gone Too Far, PBS, ABC News 15 Phoenix, Fox 10 Phoenix, NBC 12 News Phoenix, ABC 4 Salt Lake City, AZ Family Phoenix, NPR.org, USAToday.com, Psychology Today and in People Magazine. Journey Healing Centers has supported thousands dealing with addictions through Residential Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Sober Living Homes, Aftercare, Sobriety for Life Program and a Free 24-Hour Hotline with Addiction Specialists: 1-866-774-5119, http://journeyrecoverycenters.com
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