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Brief Residential Programme for Families and Friends

For Families offers a five-day residential programme for the relatives and friends affected by someone else's addiction or alcohol and drug misuse. This is usually held in Warminster, Wiltshire, and offers information about addiction and its effects on others, and guidance on related subjects, such as anger management and self-esteem. Group therapy provides an opportunity to explore more personal issues and to receive help and support with those issues.

Workshops and less formal meetings cover a range of subjects in a less structured way.

It is not necessary for your family member/friend to be in treatment in order to benefit from this programme.  A formal evaluation has indicated that this short intervention can make a significant difference to the recovery process for the whole family.

Participants' personal reflections on recent Family Programmes:

"At Ivy House I found a safe environment where I could let go of the pain that I've kept deep within me for so many years."

"A very helpful and enlightening week. I wish I had done this years ago."

"I would recommend this programme .. I feel it is a vital part of my recovery to receive help and support from specialists within the field of addiction. The benfits are lifechanging."

"Having struggled with family members caught up in addiction for over 30 years I was still unaware of how much help I needed. This programme has been a turning point in my life. I have safely been able to look at the past, show my emotions and begin to rebuild my life."

Who is it for?

Any relative, partner or friend (aged 18 or over) of someone who has, or has had, a drink or drug problem.

What is it for?

To offer support, develop awareness and insight and to improve coping skills, by changing attitudes and behaviour.

Who runs it?

Our experienced For Families counsellors.

How much does it cost?

Currently £500 for the week (including accommodation/meals etc). If funding is a problem it is often possible to find help for this - please telephone us to discuss assistance with funding or download the Application for Funding Assistance and return it with your application.

What do I do if I want to attend?

Please telephone us on 01747 832015 for further details: also to request an application form: or just click the link to download the Family Programme application form.

Dates for 2014

Monday 17 - Friday 21 February 2014
Monday 12 - Friday 16 May 2014
Monday 30 June - Friday 4 July 2014



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