Sponsored by Beat Drugs Fund Association, Caritas Lok Heep Club launched a two-and-a-half-year project from July 2014, titled Co-dependency Support Program, to help affected family members to motivate substance abusers to seek help.
We discover that many family members are trapped in the cycle of codependency, in which they suffer from loss of self as well as mental and physical exhaustion. According to experience, improving symptoms of codependency can help family members to enhance drug abusers’ motivation to change.
As a result, we adopt a family approach so as to motivate hidden drug abusers to seek help. Through working with various organizations to hold workshops and street exhibitions as well as conduct outreach in the community, we hope to identify families having or showing symptoms of codependency, so as to provide them with appropriate service as soon as possible.
Many drug abusers and their family members have, to varying degrees, experience trauma. For instance, many drug abusers say their drug use is a means to cope with the pain of trauma. They are trapped in the vicious cycle of rehab-relapse as they continue to struggle with the long-lasting impact of trauma.
Meanwhile, affected family members often have their own emotional wounds to deal with, apart from handling the impact of drug-related problems at home. In many cases, there will be a communication breakdown between family members and drug abusers, leading to broken relationships and disturbances in family functioning that could have an adverse effect on rehabilitation in the long run.
Funded by Beat Drugs Fund Association, we launch the “Lightning Soul, Renewing Life – Psychological Healing Support Services for Ex-drug Abusers and Their Family Members” from 2018 to 2020. Through therapy group treatments, the project helps drug abusers and their family members to learn more about the relationship between trauma and drug use, so as to have a better understanding of the long-lasting effects of physical or emotional wounds brought about by trauma. Participants are also equipped with knowledge and skills to handle the aftereffects of trauma for long-term and stable rehabilitation.