Do you have a loved one or family member
who struggles with substance abuse?
Are you feeling hopeless or overwhelmed
because of a loved one’s substance use?
Would you like to help your loved one
learn to make positive changes?
We can help!
BEYOND ADDICTION FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS
Free and Open to Everyone
See the list below for classes in your area.
An Invitation to Change
We call our groups Beyond Addiction Family Support Groups. As you can see from the above graph, our groups have a higher than average success rate in helping group member loved ones make different choices about their behaviors in relationship to alcohol and drugs.
Our groups are designed to accomplish three goals:
1. When a loved one is abusing substances and refusing to get help, our groups help families move their loved one toward treatment.
2. Group members are able to help reduce the loved one’s alcohol and drug use, whether or not the loved one has engaged in treatment yet.
3. Our groups helps improve the lives of the concerned family and friends.
In our groups, members learn how to take control of their lives, and as part of this process, to change their interactions with their loved one in ways that promote positive behavioral change. (Foote).
“Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change” is a book by Jeffery Foote, Carrie Wilkens, and colleagues which describes an approach to addiction specifically designed to empower family members in relation to their loved one’s substance use or addiction.
Evidenced based practice models are the foundation for our groups and include elements from CRAFT, Motivational Interviewing, and ACT Therapy. The CRAFT family training model was developed by Robert Meyers and Jane Smith, and draws from the evidence-based addictions approach called Motivational Interviewing developed by Bill Miller and Stephen Rolnick.
In 2016, the West Virginia Council of Churches offered listening events throughout the state of WV. The goal of these listening events was to learn more about how the residents of WV view addiction and better understand the effect addiction has on family members and loved ones. Results from the listening events are presented in this video.