How Evidence-Based Practices Help You Become Your Loved One's Best Chance at Recovery
In the BALM Family Recovery Program, we learn we are always contributing; either to our loved one’s addiction or to his/her recovery.
BALM Principle 4 goes on to tell us, “You can be your loved one’s best chance at recovery.”
You may be thinking something like “What does that mean?” or “How do I do that?"
I’m glad you asked! The BALM Family Recovery Program uses several evidence-based practices to help families be their loved one’s best chance at recovery.
The Oxford Review defines evidence-based practice as, “the systematic process where-by decisions are made and actions or activities are undertaken using the best evidence available. The aim of evidence-based practice is to remove as far as possible, subjective opinion, unfounded beliefs, or bias from decisions and actions in organizations.”
This is important because you can be assured that what you learn in the BALM is not opinion or conjecture but based in facts and research. Some of the evidence-based practices we learn and use in the BALM are:
Brief Interventions The Be A Loving Mirror conversation is a brief conversation designed to help a family member intervene regularly in a loved one’s use disorder or other behaviors in a fact-based, non-offensive way.
Mindfulness BALMers learn how to develop a mindfulness practice so that they can have an inner calm that will allow them to face the ups and downs of life with a struggling loved one without being overwhelmed.
Prepare family members to become equal partners in the planning and delivery of their loved one’s treatment The BALM program teaches family members how to interact with their loved one’s treatment center in a positive way that will allow for a partnership to form between the family and the treatment center for the benefit of the loved one’s recovery.
Help improve communication among family members The BALM program teaches a simple communication method to family members so they can interact in a positive way with their loved one and with each other.
Encourage families to expand their social support network The BALM program provides opportunities for families to interact with each other, support each other, and learn from each other. In addition, BALM devotes an entire Principle and series of sessions to the importance of enhancing one’s recovery through getting support and exposes families to a wide variety of individual and group support opportunities available to families affected by a loved one’s substance or other use disorder.
Be flexible in meeting the needs of the family The BALM program offers a wide variety of courses and groups, both live and recorded, knowing that different offerings will appeal to different families and schedules.
Motivational Interviewing An entire Principle and series of sessions is dedicated to introducing families to both Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change and these are referred to often in group coaching and other classes as well.
Use of encouraging, loving language when speaking with the struggling loved one The BALM program is loving rather than confrontational, in fact, love is at the heart of the Be A Loving Mirror Program.
Are you ready to learn how to become your loved one’s best chance at recovery?
Learn more about the BALM Family Recovery Program or call Karen at 1-888-998-2256 Ext 5.
About the author
Beverly Buncher, MA, PCC, CBFRLC, CTPC, known as the "Foremost Family Recovery Life Coach in the Nation", is the Founder and CEO of Family Recovery Resources, LLC, and the BALM® (Be A Loving Mirror®) Institutes for Family Recovery Coach Training and Family Recovery Education.