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The Buttery’s Family Program continues helping local families: Thanks NRCF 

Local charity, The Buttery, as part of its community outreach in the Northern Rivers Region, supports family members of people affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

This includes people undertaking The Buttery’s long-term residential rehabilitation program and those in the wider community. Counselling is given free of charge. In the past year more than 40 families received help. Parents and family members whose loved ones are affected by drug and alcohol addiction can feel ashamed, judged and isolated. They are regularly in crisis as they watch their addicted son, daughter, parent or partner spiral out of control.

Fear of what may happen to the “user”, fear of their impact on other family members, especially children, and a sense of powerlessness while wanting to help the person they love are common. The effect of this and constant crises can cause extreme ill health for the family. “The shame, guilt and judgment family members fear and often receive, causes them to be guarded about who they can trust to hear and support them. This program is totally non-judgmental and reassures people they are not alone while giving them techniques to safeguard their own health and the well-being of the family unit,” said Family Counsellor, Lily Schmelzle. 

The program receives no government assistance and is supported fully by donations from the NRCF, other foundations and generous individuals in the community.

Donations to the NRCF and The Buttery are fully tax deductible. 

Thanks to all our supporters!

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