Most family members, who have loved ones who are using, feel overwhelmed, hopeless, helpless, and alone. Anyone can come to a group: parents, grandparents, spouses, partners, adult children, friends of people who are using – all are welcome.
The groups help family members make small but impactful changes in how they relate to their loved one who is using. Group members report being less frustrated and having more hope about their situations. They report having more productive conversations with their loved ones about their choices, and they feel more helpful. And most importantly, their loved ones sometimes make surprising changes in a healthy direction.
Group 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.” (Jeff Foote, Beyond Addiction).