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Life coach offers free drug course

Stacey Karchner, a family recovery life coach through the Be A Loving Mirror Family Recovery Program, will offering a free course through Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnerships in Altoona for family members affected by another’s substance use disorder/addiction.

The free course will be held at partnership office, 3001 Fairway Drive from 5:45 to 8:15 p.m. on Mondays for seven weeks starting Jan. 6.

The course will be offered and ongoing as long as there are family members enrolled. For every person who abuses drugs four to 10 others can be impacted.

For more information or enroll, call Karchner at 360-7590 or email her at skarchner9@gmail.com.

At the core of BALM is loving kindness, being a loved one’s chief supporter rather than the obstacle, just as a family would with any other disease.

As a family member it’s important to be a model of recovery and to regain peace and calm, believe that the loved one can get well and learn only to contribute to recovery.

The family role is crucial and can often turn the tide. Research shows when the family gets well the loved one has a much better chance at getting and staying well. The brains of those with SUD/addiction are hijacked by a drug (believing it is needed to survive) and in turn the family’s brains are hijacked and addicted to the loved one, obsessed with trying to control or fix, obsessed with the outcome. The family needs just as much if not more recovery than the loved one.

Karcher calls the BALM Alanon on steroids. The course she will be teaching is a component of the BALM program consisting of 12 lessons.

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