New Book on Alcoholism and Families
Alcoholism is a family disease. Author Ruth Schilling has recorded the personal and family dynamics of living with and loving someone who has the disease of alcoholism, as well as the very challenging, unique, and simple but not easy method of recovery that is available to anyone seeking help. Now, she publishes a comprehensive account of her personal experiences as she recovered from its devastating effects in Dare to Recover.
Schilling’s autobiographical self-help book is a comprehensive description of how the cunning, baffling, and powerful disease of alcoholism of one person affects those non-alcoholics around him or her like no other disease. More importantly, it takes readers through the very simple yet extremely difficult process of recovery with an amazing sense of humor and common sense.
In today’s society the basic problems caused by alcoholism and the resulting solutions are common to anyone dealing with this deadly disease whether currently or in the past. Dare to Recover is different from other books on recovery because it is written using plain everyday experiences of a very common, ordinary person who has been there, done that.
The Family Department at Seabrook offers a wide range of services to families who are struggling with addiction. Our staff of professionals has extensive experience in working with families. While our approach is couched in family systems theory, we connect with families through compassion and understanding. We even have the facilities and guidance to help you plan an Intervention.
The Family Matrix Program is a three day family experience that allows families to begin to heal and strengthen the family bonds strained by addiction. The Family Matrix Program commences the exploration of family dynamics in a group setting that creates a sense of safety and acceptance that is vital to the family healing. Topics such as enabling and boundaries are explored in depth as well as the latest medical information regarding addiction. Once families have a clear understanding of their relationship with the addicted person they are then able to see where they are powerless and, more important, where they do have power. In other words, family members are able to reclaim the family from the hijacking of addiction and restore a sense of hope as the miracle of recovery is revealed. Through the use of vision boards and mindfulness techniques, family members are able to solidify this experience by identifying common family goals that can propel the family forward into a new family spirit.