(Sep 22-24) NAMI Mendocino County (namimendocino.org) presents Families and Addictions.
Three Free Educational Forums with co-authors of the book Families and Addictions: How to Stop the Chaos and Restore Family Balance, Patrick L. Brown PhD and Margaret E. Brown MA.
UKIAH: Tuesday September 22 -- 6 to 8 pm, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, 275 Hospital Drive.
FORT BRAGG: Wednesday September 23 – 6-8 pm, Mendocino Coast District Hospital-Ft. Bragg, 700 River Drive, Redwoods Room.
WILLITS: Thursday September 24 -- 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Willits Library, 390 E. Commercial St
“Many books focus on how to ‘fix’ the addict and assume that getting the addict into a treatment program will be the final solution to the problem. The authors know from experience that there is no quick fix for addiction.” They focus on how the family can reclaim its integrity in the face of addiction whether or not the addict embraces a program of recovery. The authors will share their experiences and teach some of the skills they have found to be most effective
They will talk about focusing on what you can control (your environment and how to manage it in the face of addiction) and away from what you can’t directly control (the actions and outcomes for the addict). This helps families “regardless of whether the addicted person ever gets help, gets help and relapses, gets help and relapses many times, or gets help and stays clean and sober.”
Their book, written with Robert H. Brown LCSW, MPH is full of practical information and advice, and is transformative.