How long does the programme take?
It will take around 12 weeks to complete the Vesta Approach Programme. For one to one support, you will have a weekly therapeutic session with me and then practice the techniques we have discussed during the week. By the end of the programme, you will feel more confident and less stressed!
The online groupwork programme is 12 weeks.
Is there any ongoing support?
There is a private Facebook group for all clients who are participating in any version of the Vesta Programme. This is a fantastic way of family members living in the same situation to support each other a forge a community which can be accessed for as long as needed. Access my free group here.
How old do I need to be to get help?
If you are a child or young person and you need support, please contact:
http://www.nacoa.org.uk/ For children of alcoholics
https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/ For any support and advice with a family member who uses drugs or alcohol
Will the programme work for family members of alcohol or drug users?
The programme can still be effective for family members of drug or alcohol users. Some people may use both drugs and alcohol. We can sort this out when you enquire about support.
What if I use drugs or alcohol myself?
Can my loved one participate in the programme?
What does "family recovery" mean?
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, 2011) describes “recovery” as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” It is recommended that abstinence from drug or alcohol use leads to recovery in individuals. I am interested in family recovery also as this is often a neglected area of support.
When someone stops using drugs or alcohol, although it is the start of recovery, it will lead to additional problems that individuals and families have to deal with which the Vesta Approach can help with.
Who is the Vesta Programme for?
In a nutshell:
- You ideally need to live with your loved one or have daily contact.
- Your loved one needs to be 18 or over and currently experiencing problems from using drugs or alcohol (even if they don’t admit it).
- Your loved one will not be involved in your therapy. This is for you.