EACAS offers individual and group counselling/support to those who are affected by someone else’s drinking, drug use, or problem gambling. EACAS has found that the best way for family and friends to gain the support and knowledge they seek is to first attend one of our comprehensive workshops – each designed with information specific to the concern. If additional support is required after attending one of the workshops, individual counselling services can be arranged.
*The person with the issue does not need to be a client of EACAS in order for family and friends to access our services. All workshops are fully confidential.
a) Family Day Workshop (Adults)
A day-long workshop for significant others designed to provide education about the effects of alcohol and/or drug use on the family and significant others. The workshop helps concerned individuals to be better able to help themselves and other family and friends to cope with these problems and to understand their own role in addressing a loved one’s substance use. The workshop provides an opportunity for concerned loved ones to gain support and share experiences with other families/friends experiencing similar concerns.
b) Family Day Workshops (Problem Gambling)
This workshop is designed to provide education about the effects of problem gambling on others. The workshop helps concerned loved ones to be better prepared to help themselves and other family members or friends to cope with these problems and to more clearly identify their role in addressing a loved one’s problem gambling. Counselling is intended to provide assistance regarding coping effectively with the individual who is experiencing the problem gambling and working on relationship issues related to the gambling behaviour and/or recovery. The group format also provides an opportunity for concerned loved ones to gain support and share experiences with other families/friends experiencing similar concerns.
All information is strictly confidential. The problem gambler does not have to be a client of EACAS for a family member or friend to attend.
c) Family Day Workshop (Concurrent Disorders/ Dual diagnosis)
A day-long workshop for significant others designed to provide education about concurrent disorders, recovery and the impact on the family. The workshop also helps individuals learn ways to better support their loved one while learning information on positive coping strategies for themselves.
d) Parent Education Group
EACAS provides parents of youths up to age 25 with the opportunity to become involved in a 5-week discussion and education group. Its goal is to provide parents with a greater understanding of issues related to youth and substance use, and provide strategies to help support the family. Topics include;
- Adolescent development;
- The role of alcohol and drugs in meeting the needs of youth;
- Drug and alcohol education;
- Relationship building;
- Communication, and developing consequences and boundaries.
e) Family Day Workshops
- These Workshops are full-day educational sessions for family members of persons with alcohol, drug, mental health and/or gambling issues.
- The goal is to provide information, hold discussions and support those dealing with concerns for a loved one.
- Topics include understanding addiction and the impact on the family, common family responses, effective communication strategies and self-care.
(Note: Various Family and Friends workshops are offered based on the nature of the concern. Separate workshops are provided in the Youth Program, Adult Substance Use Program, Concurrent Disorders Program and Problem Gambling Program, to ensure that the family member receives information corresponding to their needs).