Helping Families Address Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Monthly Family Forum Education Series
Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is an illness that has a profound effect on both the individual and his or her family. We believe that family involvement is an integral part of treatment. New Found Life offers help to the affected family members through our Family Program. Our latest addition to our Family Program is the Family Forum*. The forum consists of education sessions presented by renowned experts in the field of recovery.
Our Family Forum is a great opportunity for family members to receive tools and information about the nature of addiction and its effects on the family. The Family Forum teaches family members about the impact the disease has on the family system.
This forum held the last Saturday morning of every month, is designed to educate family members about the disease of addiction and the recovery process, and is part of NFL’s approach for the entire family.
Afterwards, participants spend individual family time with residents. The day concludes with our AA/Al-Anon meeting which has been an important part of our Family Program.. As always, counselors are available to meet with residents and family members in small individual counseling sessions.
*Registration is required
Friends and Family Meeting
NFL’s Friends & Family meeting is structured like many regular AA meetings. There is a secretary & treasurer. The secretary invites one AA speaker and one Alanon speaker to share at each meeting. This is followed by questions for the speakers and/or discussion. It is held on the last Saturday of each month at Grace Methodist Church in Long Beach. This meeting is open to everyone, especially family. There is a social hour before the meeting where family and friends gather and interact. This meeting is held at 8:00 pm and residents, family members and friends attend
We strongly encourage residents to invite family members and friends to this meeting. It is the opportune time for people to get a feel of how the house works and what it is like to be a resident. A major reason for this meeting is to expose resident family members to active Alanon members and the program of Alanon. This will encourage many to explore Alanon on their own and help them to cope with their own problems. NFL’s Friends & Family meeting is good for everyone involved. It brings the resident and his/her family together. It also exposes people to a 12 Step way of life that may prove to be exactly what people need for spiritual growth.
Family counseling sessions are available to family members and residents. They can be arranged at our facility or if you cannot travel to New Found Life, they can be conducted over the phone. This is a great opportunity for all participants to share their feelings about the disease and how it has affected them as a family. Please contact your loved one’s primary counselor for more information.
Alcoholism and drug dependence is a “family” disease. Anyone whose family has suffered the effects of alcoholism knows the constant emotional strains and pressures, and needs help in relieving these. Nothing will give you a greater relief than the understanding and warmhearted help you will find in an Al-anon Family Group. The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics. They do this by practicing the 12-steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.