Loved Ones’, sponsored by The Counseling Center, Inc., is a series for family friends and others who are concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use. The series focuses on educating loved ones to identify addiction and develop effective approaches to really help the person with a drinking or drug problem. Read more on The Counseling Center’s website.

The following videos are presented by Ed Hughes, Executive Director of The Counseling Center since 1989. He has served as Aftercare Coordinator and Associate Director of the Shawnee Mental Health Center for four years and Executive Director of the Scioto County Children Services Board for six years. In 1989 The Counseling Center was a small outpatient program that has since grown into a multi-county, comprehensive addiction treatment program with over 150 staff, serving clients from a tri-state area, offering prevention, outpatient, residential, and transitional services. Ed has served as a member of the Ohio Department of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Service’s Advisory Council and the Ohio Juvenile Justice Advisory Board by appointment of two Ohio governors. For the past five years Ed has facilitated the Loved Ones Group in Portsmouth, a free, weekly gathering of families and friends of addicted loved ones.

Part 1 introduces the disease of addiction and the body’s reaction to substance abuse.

Part 2 details how those surrounding the addict become mystified by their loved one’s behavior. “Blame of people, places, and things” often misdirects the process of acceptance of what is reality.

Part 3 explains how hitting bottom opens to the door toward recovery. However, the only way for the loved one to hit bottom is for those around him or her to allow the process to occur without interference.

Part 4 discusses “Ten Things to Help” that families can use. Included in the list are what not to do for a loved one who is struggling with alcohol or drug abuse.

Part 5 presents how effective loved ones have been at bringing the alcoholic or addict to grasp with the realities of their disease.

Part 6 shifts the conversation to the underlying goal of loved ones, which is the recovery of their family member, friend, or co-worker. The process of recovery is discussed along with realities of relapse.

Part 7 invites others to share their stories of recovery and support as loved ones with the core issues discussed.