If you are seeking information or resources for a family member, we understand how difficult making those first steps can be. We hope the following information might be helpful in your family’s journey:
Is Your Family Member Willing to Seek Help?
For many individuals struggling with some sort of negative, mal-adaptive behavior, they find themselves exhausted of their own lives, tired and weary, ashamed and overwhelmed. The idea of being helped seems beyond their reach because of the amount of work they perceives it takes to get to that destination. Sometimes, having a friend or family member help with those steps is a blessing to them, and welcomed. If this is the case of your loved one, then the next hurdle is finding the most appropriate treatment plan for their care.
If your loved one is ready to take that next step – they’re ready for help – call us today and let us help you help them. Our trained Admissions staff is ready to help your family in this journey, and while we pride ourselves on our history and reputation for the services we provide, our program might not be right for everyone – and in that case, our staff will help make referrals and recommendations for care that will best fit the needs of your family by resourcing our relationships with highly reputable clinicians and treatment programs world-wide. If it turns out that our program is a great fit for your loved one, you’ll find our Admissions staff to value your insight, understanding and knowledge of your family’s background and history.
Is Your Family Member NOT Willing to Seek Help?
Many families turn to researching treatment and residential care options for their family members even when their loved one is adamantly against the idea of seeking help. We get questions routinely from families asking, “How can I help my loved one if they aren’t willing?” Families often understand their loved ones condition is imminent, but unsure of where to turn from there.
If this is the situation your family finds itself in, we still encourage you to call our Admissions staff. Not only is it their job to help clients through the admissions process, but their job is also to help families through the problem-solving process. Because most people who enter a treatment or residential setting are reluctant, our Admissions staff have been through the gamut of different situations, and can help with yours.
Our Admissions staff may help you contact an Interventionist who can help in your situations – sometimes, someone outside the family who knows and understands what your loved one is experiencing, and can help them understand the short term & longer term consequences of their behavior, can be a huge asset to helping you loved one make the decision to receive help. Our staff might help put your family in touch with a Behavioral Health Consultant who can evaluate the situation specific to your family and come up with a larger-scheme plan for the whole family. There are many options to many different situations, and we are always happy to help in that process.
What Do I Do When My Loved One Enters Your Program?
There is certainly an emotional rollercoaster that happens when getting a loved one into the right program. And, just when you think the rollercoaster is ending because they’ve agreed to receive help, you only find out that you were just at the top of the steepest drop on that rollercoaster, and that ride continues. We understand how scary that ride can be.
Once the adrenalin of seeing your loved one off begins to subside, once you experience that first night of relinquished control, once you experience days or weeks without a phone call, it become apparent just how much your loved ones behavior or addiction impacted your life. You quickly might realize that you feel a sense of emptiness without having to “take care” of them. These are all normal feelings that occur during those first days to weeks, and for many years, after your loved one has accepted help. But now, it’s time to re-focus your efforts on to your own health and wellbeing – and you’re healing.
We encourage all family members to begin their own healing process, whether that involve individualized therapy, local al-anon or other 12-step based meetings, and further education/understanding on family systems trauma. For many, the idea of seeking out help for themselves sounds absurd and unreasonable – we often hear, “they (their loved one) have a problem, not me.” What we often fail to see, however, is that their “problem” was adopted into the family, which then creates a new cycle of pain, shame & guilt within the members of the family.
In order to support these needs of healing within the family, The Bridge offers a 3-day Family Workshop during specified times of a client’s program. While the client works on his or her issues and behaviors, as healing occurs, we encourage the client to invite family members to participate in the Family Workshop. The decision for participation is left up to the client – sometimes, he or she might elect to participate as soon as the opportunity arises; other times, he or she might not want to participate until after they have completed the program. Whichever decisions they make, they do so with the help of their group members and Clinical Team to assure that their healing is not hurt or hindered, but instead furthered without question.
For more information about our Family Workshop, our Client Relations Team can assist you by calling (877) 866-8661.
NOTE ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY:
The Bridge to Recovery abides by HIPPA rules and regulations. In so, we cannot release information regarding a client, for any reason, without their express written consent. This can often times be painful and problematic for family members who are wanting to find out about their loved one, yet consent to release information has not been provided, refused or withdrawn. Please understand, by law, we cannot release information without permission.