FAMILIES FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY IS BRINGING OUR COMMUNITIES TOGETHER, EMPOWERING FAMILIES, RESTORING HEALTH, AND SAVING LIVES!
INTRODUCING FAMILY DRUG SUPPORT, USA: A NEW PARADIGM OF SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY SUBSTANCE USE
“Families for Sensible Drug Policy is helping bring our laws into alignment with the reality that we care about our loved ones even if they use substances. We do not want laws that unnecessarily make the lives of substance users worse. We want services that actually prevent substance problems, and provide multiple pathways out of substance problems when users are ready to change, however much they are ready to change. Thank you FSDP for carrying out this life-saving and life-enhancing work.”
A long-awaited milestone for Families for Sensible Drug Policy of bringing a new paradigm of support for families impacted by substance use occurred last month when Tony Trimingham, founder of Australia’s Family Drug Support, came to the United States and trained our first group of family members and professionals from across the United States at a sold-out workshop in Family Drug Support, USA.
Family Drug Support, USA, co-hosted by our friends at the Center for Optimal Living in New York City, cohosted by Dr. Andrew Tatarsky, is a program of innovative non-judgmental, peer-led support groups with solutions and strategies that encourage self-empowerment by recognizing each family as unique. It will provide our families with an opportunity to access much needed community support and connection based on what families need, expect and experience. This model of support helps families better understand and strengthen the connection between ourselves and loved ones who use substances.
We were humbled by the interest of the attendees in learning the model and impressed with their passion and brilliance in their shared experiences. Family members and advocates from diverse communities attended the training to bring the groups home, planting seeds of harm reduction and hope. It was a remarkable weekend, tangible evidence of our mission to bring communities together to embrace enlightened drug policy–empowering families, restoring health and saving lives.
The workshop was in two parts: On Friday night was “Support The Family Improve The Outcome”, an introduction to the Family Drug Support model providing an in-depth overview including harm reduction tools and coping strategies. Saturday and Sunday was a two-day intensive training, which afforded participants an opportunity to work directly with Tony in an experiential workshop learning specific skills using harm reduction principles and the psychological approach of motivational interviewing to deliver support to those in need.
Families have a vital role in the development and resolution of how substance use impacts their home—for far too long our families have not been afforded the opportunity to engage as active participants and problem-solvers.
The workshops are for:
- People with family members in active substance use.
- Mental health professionals and advocates who work with families in active drug use.
- People with an understanding of harm reduction and zero tolerance approaches and embrace harm reduction approaches.
The workshops are not for:
- People with biases or strong supporters of “tough love” or zero tolerance policies
- People with biases or opinions about people who use substances that may interfere with their ability to provide unconditional support.
- People with strong moral or religious views that would contribute to a directive approach vs. the non-directive approach that the model supports
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