The Role of Family Recovery in Preventing Overdose
Research tells us that when the family recovers the loved one has a much better chance at recovery. But what does that really mean?
In the BALM Program, we taking this idea of a family member contributing to a loved one’s recovery very seriously. We have observed and learned that there are certain things a family member can do which encourage a loved one to move in the direction of recovery and other things which encourage use.
Of course, most families want to encourage recovery. But without a powerful educational family recovery process, they just don’t know how!
Support helps a lot, but there is a lot more to family recovery than just support. Without education to inform the family member, the support can become a venting platform or a random exercise of advice-giving. Often, the family member does not receive the help they need to become an effective recovery advocate for their struggling loved one.
Therapy can be important for dealing with the deep trauma and underlying long-term challenges standing in the way of growth. But even that can take too long when you have a family in front of you who needs your help NOW.
So what is the answer?
The BALM has a three-prong approach to family recovery that includes:
- Information so the family understands SUD and recovery (presented through lessons on each of the 12 BALM Principles of Family Recovery and interviews with experts on each principle)
- A Transformation Process designed to engage the family in both inner and outer change (the 7 Steps to Be A Loving Mirror process)
- Support to help the family member carry out the needed changes (through group coaching, journaling and meditation groups and sessions)
The transformation process is what makes the BALM unique. Through our transformative 7 Step Process, family members become the person their loved one needs them to be in order to potentially be most helpful.
Of course, every family is in a different phase of dealing with their loved one’s use. If you are in a position requiring you to make critical decisions, you may need to get a one-on-one coach who will be able to help you focus on those aspects of what you are learning in an accelerated way.
But don’t get a coach without focusing on your own mastery of this loving path to family recovery! Keep studying the information and transformation principles as you go. Your ability to act on the guidance of your coach may well depend on your familiarity with the BALM method, which will greatly expand as you learn and practice it more and more each day.
Can you really prevent a loved one’s overdose through BALM Family Recovery? While we would never give a guarantee of how a loved one will respond to the things a family member says or does, we have seen countless instances of loved ones turning around from seemingly hopeless situations as a result of their family members’ responses shifting to BALM ways of being, speaking and acting. We have also seen families find greater peace in their relationships with their loved ones, even when recovery doesn’t come as quickly or at all.
On Monday, August 31, from 8-10 PM ET, join us as we welcome Barbara Andraka-Christou, author of the new book from the Johns Hopkins University Press, The Opioid Fix. America’s Addiction Crisis and the Solution They Don’t Want You to Have, along with BALM Professionals and family members there to help you and your families and friends learn about ways to help your loved ones through the challenging journeys they are on.
The BALM’s solution-oriented- approach leads us to honor the memories of those lost to overdose deaths by sharing ways to help families help their loved ones who are still alive to move forward with love and connection in their relationships.
We hope you will join us at this event. Feel free to invite your family, friends, co-workers, etc. Everyone will benefit from this event.
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Click the link below to register or call 1-888-998-2256 with any questions.
We look forward to seeing you August 31 at 8:00 pm Eastern!