Because alcoholism affects the entire family, it makes sense that family members require their own recovery process to heal as well. We also know that alcoholics have a far greater chance of success when their family is involved and invested in the recovery process.
One of the ways we support families of guests at The Retreat NZ is by inviting them to participate in our Family Group held on the last Sunday of each month. This group offers support from volunteers and other families who have been affected by alcoholism of a loved one. The group is designed to be educational, focusing on boundaries that promote a healthy recovery environment when a guest leaves treatment and returns home.
We all want our loved ones to find lasting sobriety and to live full lives in recovery from alcohol addiction. But how do we support them on their journey? How do we understand what they’re going through? How do we look after ourselves in the process? These are the types of questions we get asked all the time by family and friends at The Retreat NZ. Below is a list of resources we hope you find useful.
Not sure if your loved one has a problem with alcohol?
Intervention – Treatment – Recovery
Please note that these videos are made in America but are still relevant in New Zealand, apart from when they talk about insurance. Please disregard the references to insurance.
The Best Minds podcast
Interviews with thought leaders in the addiction and recovery field with a focus on what works and how to help a loved one get into recovery. Hosted by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay.
Dr Stephen Jurd – Addiction and the Brain:
In part 1 of this 4 part series of lectures, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about addiction and the brain.
In part 2 of this 4 part series of talks, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about genetics, addiction and recovery.
In part 3 of this 4 part series of lectures, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about evolution in the brain in relation to addiction.
In the final part this 4 part series of talks, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about the brain in recovery.
Health professionals specialising in addiction medicine explain how A.A. works alongside professional treatment in New Zealand.
Al-anon Family Groups New Zealand
A 12-Step programme which offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.
The Retreat NZ Outcome Studies
In this document, we have summarised the number of guests we have had through since we started, along with the results of the satisfaction survey.
The Retreat USA Outcome Studies
The Retreat is collaborating with the Recovery Research Institute and Dr. John Kelly to conduct a three-year research project to gauge the effectiveness of The Retreat’s Twelve Step model of recovery.