The Family Restored began cultivating roots in late 2011 when a group of recovered alcoholics and addicts recognized the need to offer families a place where they too could find support and information on how to deal with their family member in active addiction and crisis. With this idea, they formed The Addict in the Family group in Portland, Maine, which has grown to have a network in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Facilitated by recovered addicts and alcoholics who have experienced through their own addiction the damage done to a family, we are able to offer a unique perspective in providing support, educating families and tending to their specific needs. We seek to do that through:
- Educating families on the disease of addiction; including its common symptoms and how to effectively approach or intervene on a loved one’s addiction.
- Helping families navigate the various levels of addiction services and provide recommended resources.
While working with families we noticed that the need for assistance didn’t end once their loved one found their way into treatment, but also during the treatment and aftercare stages. It became increasingly evident that one of the largest obstacles many families faced was the financial cost of a loved one’s treatment and aftercare. This sparked the thought of beginning a scholarship fund dedicated solely to providing assistance for families to help their loved one get help. The Family Restored has set up a non-profit organization to enable families lacking the financial means to send their loved one to treatment for the alcoholism and addiction. We have been able to offer treatment and sober living scholarships to forty-five individuals who would otherwise have no access to treatment.
The Family Restored is also engaged in other efforts to bring recovery to the community and reduce the stigma of addiction through family support groups and outreach. We are responsible for facilitating weekly 12-step workshops in the male and female units at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, Maine, who would otherwise be unable to have access to 12-step work.
It is our mission to continuously support families and provide them with the best-known resources available to their loved one. We know first hand through our own experiences how difficult and confusing dealing with addiction is and we want you to know you are not alone. We are here.