We Need To Talk
Addiction and mental health concerns can stress a family to breaking point, impact the stability of the home, unity, physical health and finances.
South Pacific Private, in Curl Curl, offers support for people struggling with these strains and stresses.
Living with addictions and mental health concerns can put family members under unusual stress. Routines might be constantly interrupted by unexpected or even frightening experiences that are part of living in a family where they are the fabric of daily life.
What is being said often does not match up with what family members sense beneath the surface and they may find themselves bending, manipulating or denying reality in an attempt to maintain a family they are experiencing as broken.
The entire unit becomes absorbed by a problem spinning out of control. Little things become big things and big things get minimised as pain is pushed under the carpet.
Addiction Impacts The Whole Family
Often by the time people find their way to South Pacific Private, they are exhausted by this cycle of despair. Seeing a loved one struggling can be overwhelming and family members may feel angry, uncertain or isolated.
If you are living in this maelstrom, you may feel like life has been put on hold to accommodate, support, bail out and manage the unmanageable. Addiction or mental health concerns do not confine themselves to the person suffering, they impact families and can destroy relationships.
The Only Person I Have The Power To Change Is Myself
It’s a natural desire for parents, siblings and partners to want to support a loved one and many find themselves putting their loved one’s needs above their own - driven by love and a want to help fix this problem.
However, at South Pacific Private family members are taught that they first need to look after themselves. This may feel insurmountable but it’s critical to look after your own wellbeing.
Information, education and support can change the situation significantly.
At South Pacific Private the vision is to change lives and heal families. Family is at the heart of everything they do.
If reading this has struck a chord, then you may consider calling to find out more about the Family Education and Support Group. This program is designed to support families and carers in addressing the issues with the aim of helping everyone’s life get back on track as quickly as possible.