Family Program

Addiction not only affects the individual who is addicted, it affects everyone around them. During the recovery process of the client it is just as important for the family to heal and move on to a healthy life.

At Tiger Mountain each client/family receive support on an individual basis. While the client is dealing with the many facets pertaining to their program, we encourage family members take that time to get ready for the next chapter of their lives in recovery.

Family visits occur on the Saturdays from 1-5 , and are scheduled ahead of time for convenience. Visits are monitored and open so families can reconnect with their loved one and allow healing to begin in a neutral and healthy environment. As the client enters the final phase of treatment, the integration of family dynamics are assessed and individual counseling is arranged if needed for a fluent transition to the next phase of the recovery process.

Saturday during Family visits we offer client/family Educational Group sessions that we feel are essential and provide a foundation for better communication and understanding between the family unit as a whole. These groups are focused on family communication, disease process, coping skills, and relapse prevention.

It can not be stressed enough that as important as AA & NA meetings are for the addict, so are Al-Anon meetings essential for the family. The support received from other family members dealing with like issues is un-paralleled. Enablement and Co-dependency can be deal-breakers when it comes to relapse prevention. Please visit www.12step.org to find meeting lists and other resources.

12 Step Meetings- Location: 316 West Main Street Henryetta 

Sunday at 6:30pm 12 Step Work Meeting

Mon-Wed at 7:00pm Closed Meetings

Thursday at 6:00 Family Focus for families of addicted loved ones.

Thursday at 7:00pm Open Meeting

*Clients with minor children may have visits with their children on scheduled family days 

 

It is the client’s responsibility to receive clinical approval at least one week prior to the family visit.

Family visitors who attend the Family Day Program must check in with the administration office upon arrival before visiting client areas. Family members are prohibited from bringing contraband items onto the Tiger Mountain Recovery Campus and are asked to leave all valuable belongings and cell phones in locked vehicles while visiting. Family members bringing items to a client on family day must take all items to be distributed to the administration office at check-in where staff will check items for contraband and distribute to clients later in the day.

 

Suggested Reading:

A Personal View

Beyond Belief by Josh Hamilton  

Summary: Beyond Belief is a book about the story of Josh Hamilton. It goes through all the ups and downs in his life that lead him to Major league Baseball. The book starts out with Joshes experience in little league baseball. It would describe how skill full he was and how he was a start player. After high school baseball, Josh went straight into the draft and was picked first overall. In the minor leagues, Josh had several injuries that kept him off the field and into drugs. For four years, Josh was lost into Drug addiction and was as far away from reality. He was at the end of the road and wound up at his grandmother’s house. That is where he finally realized that what he was doing was wrong.  From here, Josh slowly got back into baseball and away from drugs. He later made a MLB roster and became a two time all-star. Overall, Beyond Belief did an amazing job illustrating the story of Joshes life.
 When drug and alcohol addiction strikes someone you love, your natural first response is emotional. The only good thing about this situation is that you are not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of others who have and do suffer with the same problem, and a few of them have written books about it. For example, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff. Interestingly, the son about whom David speaks, Nic Sheff, penned his own book about his struggle with addiction and recovery. You can check that out, as well: Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff. Together, the two create a complete picture of a parent-child relationship dealing with one of the toughest trials of all.

 

Books on Codependency

If you love someone who is actively using, even if your loved one is in recovery, you run the risk of becoming codependent, if you aren’t already. Get some spiritual guidance in this touchy area from Melody Beattie in her book, Codependent No More: How To Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself. According to Powells.com, “Containing real-life examples, personal reflections, exercises and self-tests, this work recalls the history of “Codependent No More”, and points the way for how to take care of yourself, and what to do to start feeling better.”

Beattie has written a number of other books on the subject as well, including Beyond Codependency: And Getting Better All the TimeCodependents’ Guide to the Twelve Steps, and The Language of Letting Go.

 

Guidance for Families in Addiction


No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction by Debra Jay is a new approach to dealing with addiction in the family that is the opposite of “tough love.” Says the Amazon.com site: “Detachment” has been the standard message of most addiction literature for the last twenty years. The conventional wisdom offered to an addict’s loved ones has been to let the addict “hit bottom” before intervening. Now intervention specialist Debra Jay challenges this belief and offers a bold new approach to treating addiction that provides a practical and spiritual lifeline to families struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

From a more psychological perspective comes It’s Not Okay to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating Your Family Alive by Andrew T. Wainwright and Robert Poznanovich. Written by two professional interventionists, Amazon.com describes the book well: “With compelling case histories and real-life scenarios, the authors set forth a practical course of action for families to break free from the grip of addiction, a process that culminates with an intervention for the addict. The process liberates and forever changes the family.”

Everything Changes: Help for Families of Newly Recovering Addicts- During uncertain times of early recovery, families face new and difficult challenges in their relationship with their loved one: How involved should we be? How can we be supportive without setting ourselves up for disappointment? How can we help without enabling? What kinds of boundaries should we maintain? And what kind of relationship will we ultimately have?

Everything Changes is a guide to help families navigate the first year of recovery. It explores the addicted individual’s many challenges, examines ways that families can be supportive without sacrificing their own peace of mind, and suggests ways to build a new, more rewarding relationship with their recovering loved one.Drug Addiction Reference

 

Found a pill and don’t know what it is? Think some of that slang that your teen is throwing around is drug-related? Then check out Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-To-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals (Hazelden Guidebook) by Carol Falkowski. According to Powells.com, “Dangerous Drugs is an easy-to-use reference for parents and professionals. It includes the latest information on the newest drugs to hit the nation–and who’s abusing them. Written for parents, teachers, counselors, and other professionals, this is an up-to-the-minute, comprehensive guide covering all current drugs of abuse.”