How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction

How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction

(Presentation date November 24, 2015)

Course Description

The course of an individual’s substance use disorder may be strongly influenced by family members, friends, employers and others. The disease of addiction is often poorly understood, and the behaviors of a person with addiction are often bewildering to family and friends. Well-intentioned but poorly-informed individuals may inadvertently enable addiction to progress by shielding the person with addiction from consequences that could potentially initiate change. Providing education and support to help family members and friends learn to differentiate between actions that may support continuation of addiction vs. actions that support and encourage recovery can enhance treatment outcomes and improve overall family functioning and quality of life. Addiction professionals play an important role in helping families learn ways to cope with a loved one’s addiction and to effectively support and encourage their loved one’s recovery. This program will address these common questions: When all else has failed, what does work when confronted with a loved one’s addiction? What does not work? What can others do to help? What does not help? What role does an individual play in supporting another person’s recovery process? The course will outline simple but effective actions for family, friends and others to avoid enabling another person’s addiction, support their loved one’s recovery, and maintain their own health and well-being.


The goal of this presentation is to review strategies which can help family members and friends to support the recovery of a person with alcohol/other drug addiction while maintaining their own health and well-being


At the end of this program participants will be able to describe:

  1. Actions which will help family members and friends effectively support recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction.
  2. Actions of family members and friends which may interfere with recovery from alcohol/other drug addiction.
  3. Actions which help family members and friends to maintain their own health and well-being.

About the Presenter

Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM.
Gehrke-CharlesDr. Chuck Gehrke is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed fellowships in hematology/oncology and practiced in this field for several years. For the past several years Dr. Gehrke has practiced in the field of addiction medicine. Currently, Dr. Gehrke works with Brighton Hospital to review and advise the counseling staff involved with HPRP (Health Professionals Recovery Program). He has also been a Clinical Professor at the University of Michigan Medical Center and is a Certified Medical Review Officer. Dr. Gehrke has done a variety of consultant work; presented numerous lectures and classes; and written numerous articles, book chapters, papers and manuals concerning substance use disorders and treatment guidelines. He is board- certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Number of CE hours offered

1.5 CEH, approved by MCBAP and NAADAC (specific.) A passing grade of 80% on the final exam is required for CE hours to be awarded.