Supporting Loved Ones During Recovery Month

September 01, 2017 | Face It TOGETHER Featured
Our Loved One Coaches Help Every Step of the Way

In recognition of September’s National Recovery Month, Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls is reaching out to loved ones affected by a friend or family member’s addiction. 

National Recovery Month is observed every September to reduce stigma around addiction and educate Americans that living a healthy and rewarding life after addiction is possible.

Loved ones face unique challenges when someone they care about is struggling with the disease of addiction. Shame often keeps them from coming forward to talk about what they’re facing. And many don’t know where to get help or what steps to take.

More than 1 in 10 children live with an adult who is dealing with drug or alcohol addiction.  In addition, among those suffering from addiction, only about 10% will get help.

Face It TOGETHER Sioux Falls provides free peer coaching to help loved ones facing addiction in their families. The organization’s coaches have walked in the shoes of a loved one, having had a close family member or friend themselves who suffered from the disease.

“The effects of addiction on loved ones are profound,” said Dave Jansa, Face It TOGETHER coach. “Concerned loved ones feel helpless, confused and overwhelmed trying to deal with the person who’s struggling and keep peace in the family. Often, loved ones get bad advice about what to do – or not do – when someone is suffering from addiction.  Our focus is on caring and compassionate strategies shown to benefit them and the person with the disease.”

Face It TOGETHER’s coaches are trained to help clients develop practical approaches and tools to get themselves well and motivate their family member or friend to seek help.

“With our peer coaching, loved ones learn they have someone to walk alongside them every step of the way,” said Jansa. “Our coaching is non-judgmental and supportive since we know what the experience is like.”

Face It TOGETHER coaches help guide loved ones in improving communication, reducing conflict and building resilience. The coaches help clients:

  • Recognize situations where their previous approach didn’t work;
  • Address their own personal wellness;
  • Establish safe and healthy boundaries; and
  • Improve the quality of their own life. 

“Sometimes, a concerned loved one might not even realize that what they’re grappling with is addiction-related. Even if you’re not sure, we encourage you to contact us for an appointment,” said Jansa.

Face It TOGETHER’s coaching is provided at no charge for any length of time. To schedule an appointment with a loved one coach, please call (605) 274-2262 or email info@faceitsiouxfalls.org.