Addiction and the family

Families, carers and friends

Addiction has a profound effect on the family, carers and friends of the person drinking or using drugs. They may struggle with how to best help the addict while also taking care of themselves and other family members. Often the behaviours that are displayed by the addict are replicated in the family.

The Monte Wellness Centre Family Programme provides support for families of addicts and alcoholics and provides a firm foundation to work from to heal these relationships. This involves helping the addict and their loved ones to change and move forward with newfound skills, knowledge and understanding.

Treating the whole family is more effective than just treating the individual, which makes a family program vital to the treatment process.

Family Week: effective support for loved ones

The Family Programme offers the most comprehensive form of support for families of addicts and alcoholics. It does this by bringing families together in an intensive integrated treatment program over 4 days; through a series of group sessions, structured exercises around communication and setting boundaries and education looking at addiction, treatment and recovery. It also includes guided discussions that explore addiction, the family system and relationships. Individual and family counselling provide a safe and therapeutic environment where each person can explore their own thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

The overall goal is to learn to live happier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives together.

Additional support

If significant others are unable to attend the Family Programme we offer other forms of support for families of alcoholics and addicts.

We offer counselling sessions with our therapy team to learn more about the disease of addiction, its treatment and recovery process. Sessions with our Therapists provide the family member with important information regarding drug and alcohol problems. The family member also learns how look after themselves better and more effectively support their loved one.

We welcome family members visiting Portugal to talk face to face with our therapists, however we also offer Skype sessions and referrals to other resources and professionals.

Q: How does detoxification work?

A: If you have a physical dependence on alcohol and show signs of withdrawal when you stop drinking, your treatment will start with a medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This is done by replacing alcohol with prescribed medication. The medication dosage is often reduced over a period of 5 to 11 days, although detox may take longer. The goal of detoxification is to decrease the unpleasant symptoms associated with stopping drinking; although these symptoms may be severe in the beginning, they quickly become less intense.

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The very first Step in the recovery process involves accepting that you have a problem. After you have done this, you can finally reach out for help. The most common method used to treat a drug dependency involves detox and therapy. If you have a physical addiction to a drug, you will begin your treatment in a drug rehab facility by going through a medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This is done by replacing your drug(s) of choice with medications, which are tapered down over a period of usually 10-21 days however may be longer dependent on use.

If you attempt detox at home or on an outpatient basis, it may take longer. The goal is to decrease the unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal, which are usually worse at the start of treatment. Fortunately, they quickly improve over the next several days. When abstinence is needed, the treatment is structured. The primary goal is to help you completely give up the drug, instead of just cutting down on the amount you take. This is because drug addicts rarely regain control over their use; therefore abstinence through drug rehab is the preferred approach.

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What is involved?

You will initially have to withdraw from the substances you are taking through a programme of detoxification using alternative medications.  This is medically monitored and we have staff on site 24hrs per day.

You will be assigned a Counsellor who will assist you through your personal Care Plan and help you explore and address issues that may impede your ongoing recovery.

You will undertake assignments that will be designed to assist you in learning more about your behaviours and attitudes and you will be given Steps to complete to assist your personal evaluation, previous behaviours and plan for the future.

You will be introduced to the fellowships of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) and be encouraged to become attendees at the meetings that will assist in nurturing and sustaining your recovery.

You will attend daily group therapy sessions and workshops.  You will learn about the 12 Steps, gain self awareness and learn about support networks and how to sustain your recovery.

You will learn about self regulation and evaluation and comply with the structure and boundaries of the programme that will address previous issues of chaos.

You will learn about associated addictive disorders, life and social skills – learning about living in sobriety, socialising and dealing with difficult situations.

Your programme will be intensive and your daily timetable is ongoing throughout the day and evening, however there are rest periods throughout and the timetable is varied with a range of therapies and activities to meet the needs of the client group in treatment.


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Addiction and the family

Family Week


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