New Show Discusses Twelve-Step Group Support for Family Members of Addicts
In this episode of Recovery ReLOVution, we discuss 12-Step programs for families of addicts, known as Anon programs. While Anon programs can be a useful resource, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what they are and what they aren’t.
March 03, 2017 ( datsyn.com) – In the new episode of Recovery ReLOVution, the show’s host, Dr. Gala Gorman, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of 12-Step Anon programs for family members of addicts.
In this episode, listeners will:
-Get an overview of the positives and negatives of 12-step Anon programs
-Learn about Anon programs for Recovery Stakeholders
-Find community resources that may help aid their own recovery
As Gorman explains, “Many Recovery Stakeholders have attended 12-step meetings to show support for the recovery process. Rather, the 12-step program that is appropriate for the Recovery Stakeholder is not the same program that an addict attends. These programs for family and friends of addicts are companion programs with a similar structure. The 12-step programs for stakeholders are commonly referred to as Anon programs, such as Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and many others. Some find just what they need with these groups. Others find them lacking. It’s good to go in with realistic expectations.”
As Gorman points out, for some, Anon programs are beneficial because of the shared interests and experiences of the group. Being included in a group of people who have loved ones dealing with the same addiction can provide needed support during recovery. The main message for people in these Anon programs is that “You are not a bad person – mom, dad, wife, husband, or sibling – if you are setting and holding boundaries with the addict.” This alone can make joining and attending these meetings worthwhile.
The Recovery ReLOVution show was created with the aim in mind to help family and friends of addicts restore peace and sanity to their world. Listeners now have an alternative to doing the same thing expecting a different result – the definition of insanity.
The show urges listeners to stretch themselves. The show’s tagline reflects this. Love the Addict. Outsmart the Addiction. Listeners, primarily Recovery Stakeholders, will likely find a particular interest since it’s difficult to avoid shaming their addict loved one.
When asked why she created the show, Gorman said, “Shaming just adds fuel to addiction’s fire. There is an alternative.”
The show’s host, Dr. Gala Gorman, is a holistic life coach and minister. She is the author of the Spiritual Approach TM Series of books focused on practical spirituality. As an entrepreneur â€¦ mediator, publisher and, formerly, accounting firm partner, her experiences helped shape the creation of the show. As a change facilitator, she ignites transformation in businesses, families, students, clients and, especially, within herself.
Gorman has hopes that the show will help Recovery Stakeholders learn to set and hold effective boundaries to ignite positive change – in themselves and their loved one who is struggling with addiction.
Those interested in learning more about the show can visit here: RecoverYES.com/Episodes
Dr. Gala Gorman and Charlie Frangos are published authors who focus on creating tools and techniques that make addiction recovery resilient. They take a significantly different, holistic, approach in their work whether they’re dealing with someone in active addiction or well down the road to recovery.
They believe that addiction is just a symptom of an underlying cause…a temporary and reversible malfunction of the brain. Heal the underlying cause and the symptom goes away.