Home Base Hosts Summer Education Series on Addiction for Family Members

For family of  drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals, addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment. With understanding that families play a large part in the recovery of an addict, this summer, Home Base will launch a lunchtime educational series for family members who are dealing with a Service Member or Veteran who is battling addiction. In these sessions, folks will learn real-life strategies for coping, and, they will find support amongst others who are going through the same thing.

Under the leadership of Ann Stewart, Director of Social Work at Home Base, these lunchtime educational series begin on Wednesday, June 7 and will run for six weeks, from 12-1 pm in the 101 Merrimac Street clinic conference room. These one-hour sessions will offer education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one’s addiction.

Family members are invited to attend one session or all six. Topics are as follows:

June 7, 2017
Drugs and Alcohol 101 – Defining Addiction, Discussing Treatment Options
June 14, 2017:
Motivating Your Child/Loved One to Engage in or Continue with Treatment
June 21, 2017
Improving Family Relationships – Problem-solving and Communication
June 28, 2017:
Setting Boundaries and Limits
July 5, 2017
What Happens to Families in the Addiction Process?
July 12, 2017
Avoiding and Coping with Relapse

Pre-registration is required. If you are interested or would like to refer an interested applicant for this upcoming workshop, please call the Home Base clinic at (617) 724-5202. Download our flyer.

Ann Stewart is a clinical social worker at Home Base. Stewart became interested in helping Service Members, Veterans and Families following a medical social work internship at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA, where she helped patients and family members cope with TBI and trauma on the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.  In addition, she has worked with adolescents who have depression, anxiety and autism. Stewart is a graduate of Wake Forest University and of Simmons School of Social Work.