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Addicts with an active substance, process or behavioural problems usually profoundly affect their family members.  

As people progress into the disease of addiction, it's normal for spouses, parents, children and siblings to become increasingly preoccupied with the behaviour of the addict.

Confusion, chaos, anger, despair, and fear become embedded into the family system. Families adapt to the addictive behaviours with unhealthy defenses that further destroy the fabric of the family (refer to our codependency workshops to elaborate on unhealthy coping mechanisms).

Families do not know how to deal with the disease of addiction and unknowingly contribute to the progressive dysfunction and breakdown in the relationship with the addict and all other family members. It is imperative for family members to understand their personal role in the family dynamics in order to repair and restructure their own lives.

By meeting with a family counsellor, you can take the first step towards ending the chaos, even if the addict does not seek help.


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Our family workshops and groups (contact us for more information)

Group Dynamics for Families: Tuesdays, 1:30-3:00 PM (pre-registration required)

This group is dedicated to helping family members who are suffering due to a loved one's addiction.

Our family group consists of individuals who all share the same experiences. Whether it be a child, spouse, sibling or parent, the chaos and inability to live in the status quo are what bring family members to the realization that their lives have become unmanageable, and what they are doing is not and has not been working. With other group members and a facilitator, we explore and gain understanding of what is in our control to change and what is not. 

Parent Support Group (  pre-registration required  )

Does your child seem distant or removed? Are you concerned that they might be engaging in destructive behaviour? Join our parent support group, Mondays 5:45 to 7:00 PM. Limited space available.

Please  contact us by email for information about joining the parent support group or by phone at 514-738-7700 (speak to Karen or Gabriella).

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