Taking recovery to the rest of the family

SHARP Treatment Centre recognises addiction as a family or systems disease and every effort is made to include the family in treatment. Counsellors will provide families with weekly updates and families are asked to attend conferences with treatment staff. In addition, SHARP facilitates regular family days, allowing families to discuss their own experience of living with an addict as well as receive vital education on the nature of addiction and recovery. An essential ingredient of the family days is the communication group that is held with clients and their family. It is often the first real opportunity that people have to share their thoughts and feelings and can be a catalyst for meaningful change.