December 16, 2009
Hospital presents ‘Addiction as a Family Disease’
Hinsdale – TV shows like A&E’s “Intervention” have shed new light on how the friends and family members can help a loved-one with an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. Dr. Richard Ready, medical director of New Day Center at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, will use clever illustrations and engage his audience with a story about a fictional family to demonstrate how the entire family is affected by one person’s addiction.
Family members are sometimes genetically predisposed to developing an addiction problem themselves. They also are subject to developing unhealthy coping skills in their own lives as a result of growing up in an alcoholic family
“If you take a group of chemically dependent patients and ask them if they have a family history of addiction, about 80 percent will raise their hands,” Ready said.
From 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Jan. 13, Ready will present “Addiction as a Family Disease” at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. The program is free but registration is required. Call 630-856-7525. The lecture will focus on alcoholism but include other chemical dependencies, too. The drug may be different, but the behaviors are strikingly similar. Although aimed at adults, Ready said teens also can gain valuable knowledge.
The cycle of the disease in the family follows a rather predictable cycle, Ready said, which he depicts in the make-believe family on the chalkboard. The audience is invited to participate.
New Day Center offers outpatient treatment programs for adults who struggle with addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs. For more information, call (630) 856-7701.