At New Freedom Academy, we recognize that families are deeply affected by the disease of addiction. So affected, in fact, that they become a player in the continuous saga and the episodes of active addiction. Marked by disappointment, broken hearts, and sheer terror, the disease wreaks havoc and every relationship is taken to extreme limits. Reactions to this drama vary among people surrounding the addicted person, some do their level best to support them, while others shut them out.
Because of the mass confusion created by the events of active addiction, NFA seeks to support families through education, experiential and therapeutic encounters during the treatment process. Through our Family Relations Director, our team reaches out to families in numerous ways. We encourage our families to enter into health and recovery themselves, just as their loved one is doing in treatment. To be fully involved in the process occurring in treatment, we ask our families to attend Al-Anon Family Groups in their area, obtain an Al-Anon sponsor, and work the same 12 steps..
Many treatment failures are complicated by a lack of complete understanding by the family of the disease that addiction feeds upon, codependency, and its leading behavior, enabling. Enabling is the oxygen that feeds the fire of addiction. That is to say, without enabling, addiction will die. Of course, families and loved ones of the addicted person are not the only sources of enabling. Society enables addicts. Addicts enable each other. Sometimes, even treatment centers enable addicts and their families. NFA is committed to never selling out on the addicted person nor anyone involved in their care.
When you support a addicted person who has come to NFA for help, you can expect that we will reach and support you in your own recovery. We will encourage you to do your own work. This is because we know that if you do, the chances of long term success are greater. The goal is more likely to be met, and this means a better life for all involved.