The Family Disease: Treating the Family Members of the Addict/Alcoholic

Megan Keller and Nancy McCormick, Family Service Counselors at First Call


Megan Keller, MS, RASAC II has worked in the field of substance abuse for the past 12 years.  Megan has been with First Call for 3 years.

Nancy McCormick, BS, CRADAC, has worked in the field of substance abuse for 23 years.  Nancy has been with First Call for 2 years.

Megan and Nancy both specialize their work now in working with family members people with addictions.

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Time Slot Request:  1.5 hours

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the impact of addiction on the family.

2. Understand family members can get recovery from the effects of their loved ones addiction even if their addicted family member does not get recovery.

3. Gain the ability to guide clients through their own recovery.

4. Briefly explain the opportunity to gain rights to receive training to present this program at their site.

Description:  Substance use disorders have been found to affect the whole family, not just the person that is using or drinking. This presentation will bring more light onto how this is a family disease and how the family can be helped through their own recovery. Concepts that will be shared are the 3 C's, the Reaction Spiral, Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde, Effects of Stress, and a Recovery Plan for family members.  This will be an interactive presentation utilizing worksheets, Power Point, sound clips from child and adult family members, and class participation.