Having a loved one with mental illness or dual disorders can be overwhelming. Because of the nature of these brain diseases, family members often find themselves in a position of providing crisis intervention and ongoing daily activity support to their loved one. The symptoms and behaviors the loved one experiences have an ongoing impact, often leaving family members feeling afraid, frustrated and isolated as they attempt to cope.
WestBridge believes that the greatest success for healing is fostered when family members are included and incorporated throughout the treatment process.
Empowering Families with Knowledge and Support
A fundamental part of family involvement in WestBridge’s Residential Treatment Program and Community Integration Program (CIP) includes weekly participation in an evidence-based psychoeducational program called Family Education and Support (FES).
FES provides education and skill building that empowers participants and their families to learn about and cope with mental health or co-occurring disorders in an optimal manner. Families receive a comprehensive FES workbook upon admission to guide them through the process. Families of can expect:
- A collaborative relationship between the treatment team and family
- Psychoeducation about mental health disorders with or without co-occurring disorders
- Social support and empathy
- Interventions targeted to reduce stress and tension in the family
- Interventions targeted to improve functioning in all family members
One of the greatest benefits that families experience during the FES program is an increase in healthy family connection. This allows them to feel a sense of hope, provide each other with encouragement and refocus on the future.
Family Recovery Resources
With the family’s journey in mind, our Family Recovery Resources (FRR) are available to family members of a loved one in WestBridge’s residential or community integration programs. FRR are designed to support families in their own healing and recovery process.
FRR activities offer diverse options for families in all of the Stages of Change and is organized into four categories: Education, Recovery Support, Advocacy and Resource Development. Families are encouraged to engage in FRR activities that interest them. Resources available to each family member includes (and is not limited to):
- A family handbook
- One-on-one family peer support with another WestBridge family member
- A secure, online website portal to access a variety of information,
- Monthly educational webinars (recorded and available on the portal)
- Family support groups via a secured video platform
- Support in connecting to local community supports such as NAMI and Al-Anon.