When I experienced the despair of addiction, watching my son destroying his world, I wanted and needed to do something that would bring peace and order back to our lives. He had agreed to go to treatment for 90 days, so we knew he was safe and starting a journey of recovery. We needed a program too!
I received a reading list from the treatment center and I went out to gather as many of the books as I could find. I started reading! When I read the book, “It Takes A Family,” a light went off and I found the answer I was looking for – a way for the family to get involved and begin their recovery.
I called Love First, the core company and they gave me the outline for the “family program” and how to proceed. I spoke to several members of our family, individually, and asked them to read the first thirty pages of “It Takes A Family,” and decide if it was something they could commit to doing, once a week, with a trained therapist to lead us in our weekly meetings. Six family members made the commitment.
We are in week 32 of SFR and the growth experienced by each of us has been amazing. This program, coupled with weekly Al Anon meetings, has taught me more about myself than I ever thought possible. Working through the SFR process has revealed tools, a roadmap, a compass, trusted companions, a changed mind and a changed heart and it has also restored serenity and faith to my life.
I made an SFR notebook containing our weekly lessons, notes, schedules, etc. This compilation of all our work together is a treasured resource. This book and the SFR program, in my opinion, has been essential to my family’s recovery. I look forward to the lessons we have yet to complete. I admire each of our SFR member’s dedication and honesty. Our therapist is equally dedicated to this program and to our weekly meetings. She brings an understanding and insight that we need and appreciate.
I encourage those families suffering through addiction to seriously consider implementing the SFR program in their lives. It has been a positive and rewarding experience for me and it can be for you and your family too!