Have you heard about the 46.3 million?
“According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), in 2021, 46.3 million people 12 or older (or 16.5 percent of the population) met the applicable Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) criteria for having an SUD in the past year. “ (https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/20230126)
This news is not new to the families of those 46.3 million, most of whom are attempting to figure out how to help or how to get away.
Research shows that the family is the missing link in the process of getting persons with SUD the help they need. Yet, getting help to families is still an afterthought in many treatment programs and communities.
Just as the person with the use disorder often needs intensive help, so too do the families. Changing minds and hearts from a shame-based to a love-based perspective is critical and takes an investment of time, effort and, often, money.
What we have always been doing and teaching is not enough. Yes, the family will get better if they all do Alanon. But more is needed.
Add to it systematic instruction on how to lower one’s inner temperature in the middle of chaos, along with how to communicate clearly and effectively to someone who is blinded by their inflamed brain. This is the work of the BALM: helping families return to inner peace as they learn how to be there powerfully for a struggling loved one.
Our core process, the 7 Steps, provides a straight path forward for suffering families to learn how to make a difference in their loved ones’ lives.
Click here to join us this evening for a conversation about how the 7 Steps to Be A Loving Mirror (BALM) can help YOUR family. And learn more about our upcoming 7 Steps Retreat here.