Addiction is a chronic brain disease that shatters lives. Across the country, parents and family members of loved ones with substance use disorder are isolated and afraid. It’s time to change that.
When a loved one is dealing with a substance use disorder, it can make family members feel lost, full of blame, and alone.
But knowledge is power: The education provided in the Shatterproof Family Program gives families newfound understanding, comfort, and hope, and provides a supportive community environment.
Pilot programs start September 2018 in limited locations. National expansion begins early 2019.
We are currently looking for interested communities and independent facilitators.
The Shatterproof Family Program
Our Shatterproof trained facilitators lead meetings and share evidence-based knowledge in a safe environment so that family members may comfortably and freely express their emotions and the challenges they face. The goal is to learn from each other, build new relationships, and strengthen social support networks and resources, while reducing isolation.
The program is built on live group sessions that follow a 12-session curriculum. Families will be introduced to such topics as:
- Understanding Addiction as a Disease
- How to Find Quality Treatment
- Dealing with the Stigma and Shame Surrounding Addiction
- What Recovery Looks Like for your Loved One and Yourself
These meetings share evidence-based knowledge in a safe environment so that family members may comfortably and freely express their emotions and the challenges they face. The goal is to learn from each other, build new relationships, and strengthen social support networks and resources, while reducing isolation.
Trained facilitators will deliver the curriculum at a frequency that works for both them and the families. We encourage you to explore this program further if you are interested in either being trained as a facilitator or joining a local program.
UnitedHealth Group Foundation has generously provided a grant to Shatterproof for the development of the Family Program, where much-needed guidance from trained facilitators can be obtained in a stigma-free environment.