Bev’s Corner – BALM for Individuals with A Use Disorder – The Evolution of an Idea
After 8 years of seeing the impact that BALM family recovery is having on families and loved ones, we are now launching a program based on these same principles specifically for their loved ones.
The BALM Method is a loving communication model that empowers change without coercion, condescension or control. And it is much more than that. Similar to well-known research-based therapeutic models such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the BALM’s Family Recovery Education and Family Recovery Life Coaching methodology helps people move their lives forward powerfully.
Additional evidence-based practices such as mindfulness, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, brief intervention, compassionate conversation and loving relationship are also vibrantly present in this program. Yet even these are not all there is to the BALM.
This Comprehensive Educational and Life Coaching Method offers the unique gift of expanding the understanding of the way in which recovery happens in families. In fact, participants have called it revolutionary.
These technologies, and the way in which they are combined in the BALM Program, have had an enormous impact on our families for the last eight years. Our families report a deepening of inner wisdom, autonomy, self-actualization and self-worth.
Sometimes family members with a loved one that struggles with a use disorder, also struggle with one themselves.
We have seen family members in the BALM choose recovery from their own use disorders and attribute it to their growth in the BALM. We have seen people in long term recovery report a deepening of their 30 year recovery program and attribute it to the BALM.
This has led us as a community to develop a comprehensive recovery education program for individuals with use disorders in addition to our comprehensive family recovery program.
This program includes the BALM brand of Information, Transformation and Support in a journey that includes research- based tools for transformation. The loved one’s participation includes a course, an ongoing relationship with a Certified BALM Family Recovery Life Coach, and at least one family member enrolled in the BALM for Families.
BALM stands for Be A Loving Mirror which is an approach that emphasizes inner growth, love and connection.
The watchwords of our program are objectivity and non-judgment. We teach our families to non-judgmentally embrace their struggling loved ones as we empower the loved ones to embrace their recovery journey with all of its ups and downs.
We often team up with treatment centers who utilize our program and our coaches to help support their clients and families on their lifelong transformational journey of recovery. At times, they bring us in before treatment to help the family and the loved one embrace the journey and other times we are invited in after treatment to keep the light of recovery burning bright and strong in the family and the loved one long after the completion of treatment.
Recovery is a call for a deepening of life and a powerful healing of any aspects in need of healing. In the BALM program, we are training families to be conduits of love, compassion and wisdom and they are reporting back epic changes as they embrace BALM’s loving path to recovery.
Join us as a whole family in the BALM Comprehensive Education and Life Coaching program and watch in awe as your entire world transforms!
Be A Loving Mirror!
Beverly A. Buncher, MA, PCC, MRLC, CTPC
Family Recovery Coach/CEO
Family Recovery Resources, LLC
786 859 4050