Christmas: a time for family

family group at Christmas

As Christmas approaches and the rush to buy last minute presents begins, it is important to remember what the true meaning of Christmas really is. As a culture we place a large expectation on the festive season. As children we are encouraged to look forward to a Christmas tree surrounded by presents, a time off from school where we can play in the snow and eat as much as we like. These memories are imprinted into our minds and are revived each year as the sounds and sights of the festive season roll around. However, Christmas is not just about frivolous fun, this is also the time for reflection and the chance to look at the health and wellbeing of your loved ones.

Here at the Camino Recovery Centre we are offering families affected by addiction the opportunity to take part in a ‘Family Programme’ in the UK. We invite families to attend – for their loved ones in treatment, but mostly for themselves.

Substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, self-harm and so-on impacts on the family system and vice versa. This programme is specifically designed to learn about dysfunctional, compulsive behaviours, and although the work is sometimes difficult and emotional it is filled with the opportunity for growth and healing. The family workshop is about the systems, messages and role modelling we all received or did not receive in our lives. The overall goal is to overcome the pain and disillusionment of harmful experiences from the past, and prepare for a more positive future. Family work is a pivotal part within a system, which allows insight into the dynamics that may have plagued them. Without blame, the family will have the opportunity to open lines of communications that may have been damaged or closed for years.

Families can be chaotic, with no boundaries or they can be so overprotective that life is lived on a very restricted level with intense enabling. Some families can be rigid, controlling, and perfection-based, with achievement as the key, which can often lead to depression and loss of self-worth.

Our next workshops will be held 4-7th January, 2013 at The Renewal Centre, Reading with the option for a residential stay in their 20 bed on-site accommodation.

For more information or to book your place please contact, Meena Lavender at the Camino Recovery Centre on +44 207 558 8420 or



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