My family wasn’t included in Nic’s treatment

Families aren’t often included in treatment even though research shows that when families are involved, informed and supported, the outcomes for those with addiction are better.

By David Sheff

I wish I had known about the impact of addiction on families, and had immediately sought help for ours. I would have found a therapist trained in helping families facing addiction. When we finally found a good therapist, my wife and I were helped through a time that tried our relationship. Therapy also helped Nic’s little brother and sister understand and process what they were going through. People often ask me if it’s possible for families to heal and trust again. Because of family therapy, time and commitment, our family is stronger and closer than ever.

The Problem

There is a significant gap in federal funding for family support services provided by community organizations and other nonprofits. Family support services include family training and education, family therapy, systems navigation to help families locate or access resources, and crisis and/or loss and grief support. The evidence is strong that when family members are involved in their loved one’s care and recovery, outcomes are better.

The Solution

Establish a federal grant program to invest in the roles of caregivers and families in addressing substance use disorder and addiction, empowering them with training, education and peer-to-peer support.

Take Action

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Ask your Senators to fund family support services

Send a letter to your Senators urging them to cosponsor the Family Support Services for Addiction Act and pass it.