Family Support at Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres

Houghton House helps families cope with the crisis, chaos and conflict caused by addiction.
The Family support group addresses the needs of families struggling with addiction.
Family members and loved ones can gain knowledge and practical skills to create an environment that supports recovery through these methods.

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Families of alcoholics and addicts often feel confused, frustrated, angry, and helpless. Attending a support group will help to alleviate confusion and anxiety.

When does it take place?

The Family support group is held on
Thursdays from 17h30 -19h00.
Location: 420 York Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg. (First Step Outpatient).
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Payment by cash or card
R100 per person
which can be claimed back from medical aid.

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Judith Gordon-Drake
Clinical social worker
Houghton House Family Therapist
Cell: 072 664 0950
E-mail: [email protected]

The programme is designed for friends and family members of alcoholics and addicts.

  • Understanding the family disease of addiction and its impact on the family
  • Developing new techniques for living with a person in recovery
  • Gaining support through interaction with other families
  • Planning for continued self-care and healing.

Aim: Family Support education and guidance

Family support group counsellors help to promote healing by identifying how addiction affects families and what family members can do to take care of themselves. By engaging with other individuals in a similar situation, loved ones of those with addiction learn that they can’t control addiction but by they can identify new, healthy ways of coping with their relationship with an addicted person.

Family support for drug addicts at Houghton House

Through education and guidance in small-group discussions with other family members, you will gain knowledge on and practical skills to support the addiction recovery process. You will:

  1. Understand the disease of addiction and its impact on you and your family
  2. Learn about the effects of alcohol and drug use on your loved one
  3. Develop new techniques for living with a person in recovery
  4. Gain support through interaction with other families
  5. Plan for continued self-care and recovery


The Programme includes:

  • Group sessions
  • Educational lectures


Our family support groups are facilitated by a range of professionals, including certified addiction counsellors, social workers and counselling psychologists.

Family support is crucial for recovery from addiction

Family involvement is an important aspect of recovery because a person is more likely to agree to therapy if they know they have the backing and support of their loved ones. In most of our alcohol and drug addiction cases, many patients come seeking treatment as a direct result of family involvement and intervention.

Past denial

For an addict to first admit that they have a problem is the first big step. Whether they’re addicted to drugs or battling extreme alcoholism, it is not easy to confide in the people closest to you.

The good news is if you can convince the addict they should start therapy it’s the start of the recovery journey they have a problem and this is how to deal with it. It shows the person is ready to get help, it also means the family has intervened with the subject. Initially starting the conversation is difficult and many struggle to come to terms with the idea that their family member has a problem.

Addiction recovery is a long process

Recovery is long and difficult but there is help available. The support that a family provides to a patient recovering from an addiction or mental health condition is essential to their success. From group and individual therapy to recovery workshops, it is possible to build a strong family unit once again.

Finally, 6 Tips to Help Family Members of Addicts Cope

  1. Go to family therapy sessions.
  2. Manage expectations.
  3. Learn as much as possible about addiction.
  4. Connect with understanding peers.
  5. Get regular exercise.
  6. Educate and advocate.

For more information on how to help yourself or a loved one with alcohol, drugs or any other addiction issue and getting yourself into rehab to start a new life, call Houghton House now:

Office hours:  011 787 9142

24/7 emergency help-line: 079 770 7532

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