Families Blog

Really Good Reasons You Need to be Involved in Your Family Member’s Addiction Treatment

Spouses often complain that they have lost themselves in the process of their significant other’s addiction. They find that they have become people that they not only never intended to be, but that they do not like. In family treatment, you get to find yourself again. You will come to know and accept that your loved one’s addiction is not your fault and that you cannot make them relapse.

Perspective: I Grew Up in Alateen and Al-Anon

by Shannon Luders-Manuel. Four people describe their experiences as children in the rooms of Alateen and Al-Anon and whether it helped them cope with their family member's addiction. My mother has attended Al-Anon religiously for as along as I can remember. She left...

Video: Coping with Alcoholic Parents

[su_youtube url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR2jVClhwd0"] Calum Best, whose footballer father George Best died from alcohol related issues in 2005, and Josh Connolly, who is a recovering alcoholic and father to four children, discuss how families cope with...

Perspective: The Children of Addiction

by Jowita Bydlowska “You make my mom go away. You make me feel hatred,” a kid read out loud from his letter to addiction, a part of an exercise in the Children’s Program at the Renascent Treatment Centre in Toronto. He hugged his mom afterwards with such intensity, it...