PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is constantly offering various seminars and classes that encourage healthy living and support for families in recovery or crisis. This week MCCC has partnered with the National Association for Children of Alcoholics to present and teach representative from various area agencies the curriculum of Celebrating Families. This program is an evidenced based cognitive behavioral, support group model written for families in which one or both parents have a serious problem with alcohol or other drugs and in which there is a high risk for domestic violence, child abuse, or neglect.
Celebrating Families works with every member of the family, from ages 3 through adult, to strengthen recovery from alcohol and /or other drugs, break the cycle of addiction and increase successful family reunification. Celebrating families fosters the development of safe, healthy, fulfilled, and addiction-free individuals and families by increasing resiliency factors and decreasing risk factors while incorporating addiction recovery concepts with healthy family living skills.
“Facilitators from NACOA are here to teach individuals from various supporting agencies such as Drug Court, DCBS, MCCC Prevention, Lane House, and Outpatient how to present the material to families in our community,” said James Williams, MCCC. “One of the goals of this program is to help families to understand and define what healthy living is and what steps they must take to live a healthy life for themselves and their family.”
Facilitators Jennifer Kersker and Betty Conger from the NAOC are offering the seminar at the Destination Church building located in downtown Prestonsburg.
Once individuals are trained and certified to teach the Celebrating Families curriculum, they will begin to identify families they service that may benefit from the program. The program is 16 weeks and covers topics such as: Establishing Safety and Trust which include; healthy living, nutrition, communication, feelings and defenses, and anger management. Core- Honoring Trauma and Building Hope for the Future; facts about alcohol, tobacco and drugs, chemical dependency is a disease, chemical dependency affects the whole family and goal setting; Skill Building for Safety; making healthy choices, healthy boundaries, healthy friendships.
Celebrating Families teach participants skills such as: anger management, communication, boundaries, choosing trust worthy friends, stress reduction and plenty more. Facilitators teach participants about brain chemistry and addiction, to enable them to have a better understanding of how and why addiction occurs.
Celebrating Families is another tool MCCC is providing to counselors and any agency that deals with families in recovery or crisis.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606/886-8506.