Pathways expands support for family members of substance abusers

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

aamclogoPathways, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) alcohol and drug treatment center, has expanded its Family Wellness Workshop program to now include both one day and full weekend sessions. The expansion was made possible through a generous grant from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.

The program offers education and therapeutic support for family members of adults or teens struggling with substance use and mental health concerns. “This program gives families a chance to gain a deeper understanding of what their loved ones are going through,” says Debra Ament, family program supervisor. “We know that more than 65 percent of people suffering from substance use disorders also suffer from mental health issues. This workshop helps families understand this and prepares them to support their loved one on the road to recovery.”

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn about addiction, substance use and co-occurring mental health issues.
  • Review relapse prevention strategies.
  • Examine stages of recovery for family members.
  • Develop effective skills for communication, coping and boundary-setting.
  • Participate in adventure therapy to increase self-awareness and behavioral changes that are important to the recovery process.
  • Develop supportive relationships with other families.

Go to PathwaysProgram.org for more information. The next three workshops will be held on April 17 through 19; May 2; and June 19 through 21. Additional dates are planned through December. Cost is $10 per person or $15 for two people for full day Saturday programs and $20 per person or $30 for two people for full weekend programs with breakfast and lunch provided. To register, please call 410-573-5449.

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