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Education day: ‘Addiction – The Need For Family Healing’


Nacoa will be presenting at an education day taking place on 17th November 2016, ‘Addiction – The Need for Family Healing’. Our talk, which will be centred around children with a parent who drinks too much, will be one of a number of insightful events pertaining specifically to addiction in the family.

Entry to this event is free of charge.

Addiction – The Need For Family Healing – Nov 2016

Renewal Centre, Church Rd, Swallowfield, Reading, RG7 1TJ

Morning 9.30 – 12.30
Afternoon Session 14.00 – 17.00
(please note that both sessions are the same)

To book this event, please click here.

Addiction, whether it be alcohol, drugs or gambling etc, can be a significant contributing factor to the break down of a family unit.  It is ‘the monster in the closet’.  It affects not just the person with the addiction, but also the entire family especially the spouse and children as well as other close relationships causing stress, psychological and even physical trauma, often with financial consequences. It also often perpetuates in generations to follow.

Alcohol Concern and DrinkWise recently released some research called ‘The Way We Drink Now’.  It identified that adults who said that they drink heavily were more likely to live in a household with children! A shocking and saddening fact is that  1:5 children live with a problem drinker (source MP Liam Byrne/Nacoa)

We want to give you a greater understanding of the impact of addiction on the family and also offer you information that you can share with affected people on where appropriate help and support can be found.

Presentations include:

  • Don Lavender: An exceptionally experienced psychotherapist, has worked in intervention and counselling with individuals and family systems since 1980, as well as introducing equine assisted psychotherapy.  He facilitates the Family Healing Programme offered at the Renewal Centre RG7 1TJ over a long weekend for anyone affected by someone’s alcohol or drug abuse, ideally to include the sufferer. His extensive experience includes positions in a consultative capacity worldwide, working primarily with a Hazelden 12 step model together with other modalities.  His passion is for whole family healing.  He is a member of FDAP and EATA in the UK.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups: Providing support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. They believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. They are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.
  • Nacoa(the National Association for Children of Alcoholics): is a small national charity set up in 1990 to provide information, advice and support to the 2.7 M children in the UK affected by their parents’ alcohol problems. They have responded to over 210,000 requests for help from children as young as five who call or email the Nacoa Helpline knowing they can remain anonymous, able to talk about what they want, in their own time and without judgement or time limits; a kindly voice in what might seem a hostile world. Their work is all about planning for a more positive future.  An opportunity for children and young people to see that the world can be different from the one they’ve always known and that they can, with help, go on to live happy and fulfilled lives and break the cycle of addiction.
  • DrugFAM: Providing a lifeline of safe, caring and professional support to families, friends and carers who are struggling to cope with the nightmare of a loved one’s addiction to alcohol or drugs.  Through their range of services they give families the strength to break free from the cycle of addiction and rebuild their lives.
  • Sally Miller: Founder of the Renewal Centre in Swallowfield, Berkshire which is dedicated to the pioneering specialised family treatment for addiction.  As a result of her own family’s experienced trauma and a startling experience in the middle of the night when she felt directed and empowered to create this facility in barns alongside her home, she became a self-builder to achieve the renovation.  It is lovingly and charmingly restored and provides an ideal place for education, understanding and healing to occur.  There is ample parking and B&B nearby for participants to stay if required.

We hope that this educational event will also provide you with the opportunity to network whilst enjoying the lovely surroundings of The Renewal Centre.