Starting on August 13th, there will be a Family Support Group for Parents of Teens on the second Wednesday of each month. This group is for parents whose teen is currently struggling with substance abuse or has recently been through a treatment program. This support group will be guided by Kari Weeks, the family therapist at Teen Treatment Center, and will take place at Within: Books Boutique Cafe from 6-7pm.
This meeting will provide parents with continuing support, encouragement and education. Families will have a safe place where they are able to discuss the issues they are experiencing and learn new healthy coping mechanisms. This will not be an Al-Anon or 12-Step meeting. It will provide support and encouragement specifically for families who are struggling with their teen’s substance abuse issues. In this meeting, some of the topics that will be discussed are:
- Teen behaviors and substance abuse
- How teen substance abuse affects the family dynamics
- Conflict resolution
- Couples issues when dealing with teens and substance abuse
- Building an emotional connection
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Middle path skills)
Another main focus of these meetings is making sure parents are taking care of themselves. If you aren’t doing so already, you may get suggestions from the group on ways to do so. Many parents who have attended this meeting expressed feeling better afterwards than they did when they walked in. They were able to realize they aren’t alone, and each new piece of information they gain through these meetings can help restore their family.
When parents of struggling teens walk away from this meeting, we want them to feel encouraged and recognize they are not alone. By coming together, parents can learn new skills and ways to be with their teen. We want to restore hope in families and help them get to a place where they are able to really enjoy life together. One of the parents who attended this meeting expressed,
“What I found to be very enlightening was hearing the honesty and concern from other family members regarding their child’s struggles. It makes you put things in perspective when you hear other people’s experiences. It just really makes me think and appreciate what my son does have going on for him.”
There will be limited seating for the family support group meeting so please register in advance. To do so, you may contact us at (844) 319-5239.. Within: Books Boutique Cafe is located at 5865 S. Congress Ave. Lake Worth, FL 33462. You may also register by responding to the Facebook event here. We look forward to seeing you there!