Family Coaching & Consulting

Helping The Family System

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Help For Families Impacted by Addiction

The addiction of a loved one brings up many difficult questions. You may be unable to understand what is happening or why it is happening, feeling like you're riding an emotional rollercoaster you can’t get off.

Addiction is a family affliction. In family systems problematic substance use and addiction affects everyone; change in any part of the family system leads to changes in all parts of the system.

You may find yourself struggling with a number of painful and conflicting emotions, including guilt, shame, self-blame, frustration, anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, and fear.

We can help you make sense of what's going on.

We’ll answer your questions, and provide effective tools and strategies to communicate differently. You will learn how to live better, whether your loved one is actively consuming substances or is currently in some kind of recovery process.

It’s natural to have lots of questions, but positive change CAN and DOES happen. Together, we’ll find a solution to get you and your loved one the help you need.

A mother and daughter hugging after taking part in an invitational drug/alcohol intervention organized and hosted by Certified Recovery Coach Michael Walsh and his team of Canadian sober coaches and interventionists

We offer a free 30-minute consultation to explore your options, without any pressure to make a decision

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Family-Focused Services

In addition to working with clients in a 1:1 Recovery Coaching capacity, our team also supports family members and friends who have been affected by their loved one's substance use.

Family Coaching Services

Book a series of video-conference calls to guide you through the process of helping you and your loved one.

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Family Consulting Services

Book one or two calls with a Recovery Coach and Interventionist for help through a specific issue or planned conversation.

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Transitioning to 1:1 Work

Consider 1-on-1 Recovery Coaching for your loved one and give them direct access to the support and experience offered by our team.

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Family Coaching Services

For some families, an intervention isn’t the next best step. Family Coaching allows you to learn how to take better care of yourself and your family, while simultaneously encouraging your loved one to accept treatment.

Family Coaching services can guide you through the process of getting your loved one help while bringing the family together.

Through a series of multiple sessions offered via video-conferencing, you’ll learn to:

  • Keep yourself and your family safe
  • Identify your loved one’s triggers
  • Stay grounded in your values
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Break unhelpful patterns

When working with families we utilize the Community Reinforcement & Family Training model of addiction, also known as CRAFT. You will learn to utilize CRAFT to help make sense of your situation, and develop tools and strategies to take care of yourself while communicating effectively with your loved one.

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A young woman takes part in family coaching via secure video chat with Certified Canadian Recovery Coach Michael Walsh, who uses the CRAFT model to help families recovery from addiction

Family Consulting Services

If communication within the family is strong, you may choose to have a conversation with your loved one without the help of an Interventionist. However, you may still need help setting-up and fine-tuning your delivery. 

This is where Family Consulting can help. Sometimes all you need is a few sessions to help bring clarity and peace-of-mind to your family's current situation.

Or, for families who have decided to move forward with an Intervention but are unable to retain full professional support, Family Consulting services can help guide the overall process leading up to you having a conversation with your loved one. However, we do not recommend doing an Intervention on your own if you know it could be tricky and contentious, as your good intentions could make things worse rather than better.

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A middle-aged woman takes part in a family consulting session run by Recovery Coach and CRAFT trained Interventionist Michael Walsh to discuss overcoming family issues with drug and alcohol use

Transitioning From Family to 1:1 Work

Sometimes our initial work with the family shifts to working with the person that needs help most in a 1-on-1 capacity.

If your loved one has communicated they want help, tell them you’ve already reached out to a Recovery Coach who has lived experience with problematic substance use, and who has successfully turned their life around.

We can book a 1-on-1 consultation with your loved one to discuss how they can leverage the experience and expertise of our professional coaches to further their own recovery journey.

Certified Canadian Recovery Coach Michael Walsh engaging with a middle-aged man during a 1-on-1 sober coaching session about drug and alcohol use

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