Addiction treatment centre launches programme to help families

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:20 05 June 2018

Broadway Lodge

Broadway Lodge

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A Weston treatment centre has launched a free programme to help people with family members who are struggling with addiction.

Broadway Lodge, in Totterdown Lane, is a residential treatment centre for people battling with a range of addictions, from drugs, alcohol and legal highs to gambling and sex.

The programme is open to families and close friends of patients, former patients and those who have not yet found rehab.

Counsellors at Broadway Lodge will lead lectures and discussions on relevant topics and offer advice on how to support someone with an addiction.

Broadway Lodge’s chief executive Ian Middleton said: “When a friend or family member suffers from addiction it can be a horrendous time for them and their family, probably feeling a mixture of anger, worry and fear for the future.

“It is not just the person who is addicted that is affected by their behaviour. Everyone who knows that person will have been affected in one way or another.

“As part of Broadway Lodge’s work, it offers support to families as well as the addict.

“It is important the family knows what the person is going through, how to deal with situations and know they are not alone.

“It is very important for the family members to look after their own wellbeing and know how to recover from the traumas of the addict’s illness.”

The programme has been launched to offer more support and education for family members of patients and people struggling with addiction.

The course runs every Sunday from 11am-4.30pm and different topics are covered each week.

Following the first session, one family member said: “It was very humbling to see how other families have suffered.

“It was also very comforting to be acquainted with a professional person who is part of a team giving life-changing support to people, and indirectly to families like ours.”

The family programme is free to attend, but donations to the treatment centre are welcomed.

To book a place, call Broadway Lodge on 01934 812319 or email family@broadwaylodge.org.uk

Places are limited to two per booking and must be made by 2pm on the Friday before the session.

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