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Column: ‘Recovery from Addiction: A Family Affair’
by Alison Broderick
Guest Columnist
June 07, 2013 12:59 PM | 4255 views | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is said the disease of addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful. By the time the addicted man or woman enters MARR, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Doraville, their lives are all but destroyed from the devastation caused by addiction. Recovery is their only hope.

But what about the family? Just as the addict is ill, his or her addiction gravely impacts the family unit. Loved ones become preoccupied with the addict’s use and behavior, so much so that they lose themselves along the way. The addiction becomes the focal point of the family.

“Because addiction is a family disease, recovery is a family affair,” said Janet Fluker, M.Ed., MS, LPC, director of MARR’s Family Recovery Program.

Fluker has developed an integrated program of services for families of clients at MARR, as well as numerous programs to educate the community about addiction and its impact on the family system.

MARR believes when the entire family embraces a program of recovery, it increases the addict’s chance at long-term sobriety. Plus, it ensures healthy relationships and provides a new design for living for everyone.

“We offer support not only to families of clients, but to the community as well,” said Fluker. “Our goal is to provide the help that addicted families so desperately need.”

MARR’s three-day family workshop for families of clients is an intensive process designed to provide education, support and therapy to adults and adolescents age 14 and older. The objectives of this workshop include:
To support the recovering clients currently in treatment through active participation of family members.
To assist family members in discovering and working through issues by providing a safe environment for honest exploration of feelings.
To guide family members in the development of healthy relationships.
To expose family members to support and therapy groups, spirituality and 12-step recovery.

“Our one-day family seminar, “Loving Someone with Addiction,” is especially beneficial to families in the community whose addicted loved one may or may not be in recovery,” said Fluker. “It is designed to educate them about the disease of addiction, as well as introduce them to family recovery. Attendees learn how to set appropriate boundaries and start the healing process.”

MARR’s one-day family seminar is a step in the right direction for relatives and friends who have experienced the devastating effects of addiction.

Those who have been in relationships with addicted individuals endure their own struggles and pain. If the family is to survive and thrive, it is imperative that family members begin their journey of recovery.

For more information about MARR’s Family Recovery Center, including the three-day family workshop and one-day family seminar, call (678) 805-5118 or visit

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