February, 2016

How to Encourage Sobriety in Loved Ones

Staying sober is a life-long journey that is much easier with the support of friends and family members. When someone completes addiction treatment, other people may not know how to encourage recovery, but you can do so with the following six suggestions:
  • Accept him without judgment - Since many recovering addicts feel judged by their families and friends, you should refrain from criticism and negativity as much as possible. Instead, express love for your loved one and praise his decision to maintain sobriety.
  • Create a substance-free environment - One of the biggest predictors of long-term recovery is whether or not users live in drug-free environments. Loved ones can protect a recovering addict's surroundings by removing any drug paraphernalia and encouraging her to stay away from places that might tempt her to relapse.
  • Actively listen - Some recovering addicts need people to listen to them, so be available to listen to your loved one's victories and struggles.
  • Encourage healthy habits - Cooking food, exercising and playing games are all positive, substance-free activities that recovering addicts can do with their loved ones.
  • Suggest joining a support group - In support groups, recovering addicts can interact with other recovering addicts while receiving encouragement.
  • Be patient - Recovery is a long and complicated process. People often make mistakes in recovery, so it's important for them to know that their family and friends still support them when they mess up.

Advanced PRIME for Life Education Class
FEBRUARY 27TH & 28TH  (Saturday & Sunday)
8:30am - 5:00pm

Prime For Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention and intervention program specifically designed for people who may be making high-risk choices.   Prime for Life® is listed on the National Registry of Effective Programs and Practices (NREPP). When implemented in accordance with protocols, Prime For Life® is effective in changing high-risk attitudes, beliefs, risk perceptions and behaviors, and has been shown to reduce recidivism in the DUI population.
Prime for Life is designed to help each participant in the program reduce their risk for any type of alcohol or drug problem. It also provides a focus on self-assessment to help people understand and accept the need to make changes to protect the things most valuable in their lives. 

An understanding of the potential risks associated with high-risk alcohol and drug choices is an important tool for protecting what we value. When presented in a non-judgmental way, carefully selected information can provoke new thinking and provide individuals with a solid basis for making decisions about their own drinking and drug use.
PRIME for Life Advanced for Adults  is a 16-20 hour curriculum offered over the course of a weekend.  Class requires either a pre-screening at AARC or a referral.
Call 574-234-6024 for more information. 


Has your family been affected by alcoholism or drug addiction and is now in recovery? 
If so, now is the time to
"re-learn" & celebrate family life!

Celebrating Families! is a 16 week skills-building course for children, teens, and adults! 

Registration is OPEN!
Wednesdays, February 24 - June 8
5:30pm - 8:00pm at the Hope Family Center      
A family meal will be served at each weekly session

Join and learn:
Healthy living skills
Problem solving skills
Communication techniques
Manage conflict and stress
Choosing healthy relationships
What you need to do:
Pre-Registration is REQUIRED.  Call 574-234-6024 .
Enjoy a weekly dinner that is provided
Participate in age-appropriate activities
Enjoy family time!
Attendance incentives offered.


Founded and sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD), Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma so often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public each April with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!

Alcohol Awareness Month provides a focused opportunity across America to increase awareness and understanding of alcoholism, its causes, effective treatment and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and misunderstandings in order to dismantle the barriers to treatment and recovery, and thus, make seeking help more readily available to those who suffer from this disease.

Learn more at www.ncadd.org

Alcohol & Addictions Resource Center | (574) 234-6024 |www.aarcinfo.org