Aurora Recovery Centre is here to light the pathway to your lifelong recovery.

For family and friends

How Can I Help Someone Get Treatment?

Being in relationship with someone in active addiction can be incredibly frustrating, painful, and frightening. Often, you experience the consequences more acutely than the person with the addiction. Our experience has taught us that implementing change within the family, workplace or community makes a significant impact.

Ultimately, each individual needs to make their own life choices. However, with a neurobiological illness, it is critical to have leadership. We offer our expertise and support to help facilitate your conversations with the person in addiction. Often, we see an immediate shift when the right information is provided at the right moment. This is the first step in a recovery management system that sees people through admission to their continuing care and onward.

Many people come to treatment after their family members or employers have set firm boundaries, given direct feedback, and disengaged from the troubles of trying to manage someone else’s addiction.

Generally, we can coach you to create an environment conducive to someone choosing treatment. If necessary, we can recommend several highly-trained interventionists.

Why We Offer Programs For Family Members

The effects of being in relationship to someone with addiction take a much bigger toll than most people recognize. Being in a heightened state of vigilance increases cortisol levels and dysregulates your nervous system. Over time many people become accustomed to living with an unhealthy level of stress. Feelings of powerlessness, anger and frustration are regular occurrences. Health problems develop, and your mental health can become impacted.

In crisis mode, people unwittingly develop behaviours that keep them stuck in a traumatic response, a response that has been described as codependency and that fuels the additive cycle.

It is often difficult to recognize the behaviours you’ve developed that are causing you harm. You become convinced that if the person with addiction would change, you’d be well.

It is imperative that you gain insight and understanding into how substance use disorder affects family, work and community systems. This way, you can ensure that recovery principles are introduced into the system. Many people are surprised to discover there are predictable patterns of behaviour that emerge for those in relationship to someone with an addiction.

Now it’s time to learn strategies, behaviours and tools that will enhance your life. Those maladaptive coping tools that you’ve been working with are keeping you stuck, and there is so much more available for you. With understanding, awareness and support you can transform your life.

We’ll teach you…

  • The neurobiological effects of addiction on the family system.
  • How to set healthy boundaries that support better outcomes for everyone.
  • The difference between support and enabling.
  • 12 Step philosophy and how it can transform your relationships.
  • How to develop self-care practices that improve the quality of your life.

Evidence shows that outcomes are greatly improved when recovery is introduced into the entire system. Sustained recovery becomes more possible when the environment supports it. If your family has been impacted by addiction, recovery for the whole family is necessary.

Healing the Whole System with The ARC Counselling

6 Week Family program By Aurora Recovery Centre

Our virtual family program offers information and support for families. Each facilitator brings wisdom and compassion to their work. The program educates and empowers family members, friends, and community members.

Our professional, facilitated group program provides you with evidence-based, research supported education and practical tools for living. Your wellness is our focus. You can be well, regardless whether or not the person with addiction is in recovery. Let us show you how.


Everything shared with us is kept strictly confidential and we’re happy to make recommendations if you need a different level of care than we provide. Feel free to reach out, we’re here for you.

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