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What If, No Really What If ......

What if...  The flow of a family's Journey in substance use disorder was known by the family in defining each of the 12 key stress issues they will possibly face along the way.  We offer a Study Guide and Workbook with video's in 32 learning seminars that cover your entire journey. All the issues you will face will be the knowledge you have before it happens in your journey. Our Program:  The Family Solution Finder learning seminars. 

What if...  They could identify how to define an issue, how the issue impacts their family, how to prepare for the issue, who is here to help the family and what to expect as a possible outcome.  We offer the family members a tool to breakdown an issue into understandable parts. Our Program:  The Family Transformational Response Model (F.T.R.)

What if...  The family had a guide of where to find the best practices in their county, from support services that matched the needs of the family. We offer the family members a County by County throughout all Ohio of the Best Practices for family members from Cities, Schools and Faith Groups. Our Program:  Best of the Cities Best, A Collaborative Review  Release Date: Winter, 2021

What if..Each family member could attend a faith organization month ministry meeting with other family's to learn about their journey as a family with substance use disorder, develop their spiritual faith practices and have a resource referrals network to help them find support services as their needs changes in this journey.   We offer a ministry model for church volunteers to set up at their church, Our Program:  Invest in the Family Ministry, both protestant and catholic editions


Can we agree... The key to EMPOWERMENT of the family is thru knowledge.  

For this reason, Families Impacted by Opioids also provides a half day conference "Addiction & Family Empowerment Conferences" .  Bring your entire family, attend the learning sessions, grow from what is new and supportive. It will all be at the conference with learning sessions, exhibitors and support services from your community.


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Family Empowerment happens when the members of a family member take ownership over an issue, knowing they can address it with steps of confidence and something can be done by them in each stage of the journey regardless of what is happening. They understand the key issues (through educations and learning), they are organized to address these issues (through having the right skills and tools), they are in a networked of their own design with support resources in advance, because they know most o f the twist and turns that lie ahead in their future. 


A letter to the family

One needs to consider that there are five key areas for the family members in the Substance Use Disorders journey  to embrace as being manageable (under your control). The First Area: is the ability to communicate. This is first because it is the most critical aspect to the family’s survival through this long journey. The Second Area: is learning what the disease is and how it will progress. The Third Area: is each family member must take a role to play and have ownership of that roles responsibility. The Fourth Area: using a standard model in making decisions, over the next few years the family will make many decisions. The Fifth Area: The family’s willingness to share in the spirit of God.

The Substance Use Disorders creates a special kind of spiritual journey for the individual, the primary caregiver and the other family members. If I had it my way, you would move the fifth area to the first place and the first area to the second place. The family would trust in the Lord in all matters of this journey. They would communicate their faith with each other in their “trust and belief”. They would learn more about their faith as it applies to this journey and make decisions from the understanding that God is in charge, that He loves us all, and that He will not harm us. The Lords hand is gentle, and it is He who has the final word.

I say this now, because in the end, each family member will look back and see this journey as their own spiritual development. You will grow in both spirit and soul. This is what happens when you give all of yourself to someone else in their suffering. That in fact, your loved one with a Substance Use Disorder is playing out their act of self to you in the sharing of their spirit and soul through their decline in this disease. They reach for the help which they do not understand. They do this in such a way so you can help them and learn with them. The caregiver thereby becomes a “Carepartner” in that they are both one, together in this journey. This is a time of a great honor and privilege, to experience the closeness of God in one that you both love and treasure. It is from within our struggle when God’s face shines the greatest for us to experience in His forgiveness and love. This is the forgiveness’ and love that we share with each other, first given to us free of judgement and condemnation.

The family spirit as a whole can evolve during this experience. As a family their focus is on the spirit and soul of their loved one with this brain disease. In providing care and working with each other, it can draw everyone into a united bond with the one they love and care for as they journey through the substance use disorder. In this journey, God’s hand is on all members of the family.

It is in part that because this disease shrinks the brains ability to think, we are frightened and pull away. And although it takes away their ability to communicate and process thoughts, their soul and spirit are still there. The brain is what we use to identify ourselves as a person. Therefore, it is the ability to express their personhood (their ego and awareness of self) that is being distorted, not the personhood itself. This leaves only their spirit and soul with some ability of capacity to change. Because we share in this Substance Use Disorders journey with our loved one, all that we can experience is what their spirit and soul provides us. The behavior belongs to the disease not the family and not their loved one. As we become one with them as their carepartner, (looking past the addiction behavior) we also share with them our soul and spirit. Therefore, I say that Substance Use Disorders is a journey across Spiritual Pathways, a journey of Mind, Body and Soul, for each member in the family to experience and grow.

My prayers are with you all. You’re Brother in Christ, Roy P. Poillon


Homeostasis is the family’s natural way of seeking balance. The family understands (knowingly or not) their goal, to help each other in life and to keep the family as a system "in-balance". When a family members' behavior becomes disruptive to the family unit, it causes imbalance in their roles and relationships. As the family responds to this undesired behavior, it compensates by making adjustments. The greater the behavior, the greater the required adjustments. An example of a family would be; take a family of four, two parents two children. Suddenly one child starts to present addiction behavior. This draws the attention from both parents, absorbing their time and resources. The second child is left on their own while years of attention, stress and worrying become the norm. From a development standpoint, the second child has been emotionally and in many ways physical abandon. The family system is out of its order and it will likely take therapy sessions to bring the family members back into alignment. This is taught in Part 1 Seminar #3 of the study guide and workbook. A 1.5 hr session with learning video reviews the different types of family therapy to empower the family in seeking the care they need by educating them on what to ask for, who to ask and what to expect as the outcome. This learning becomes their Family Empowerment. 

Find the best practices to support your family

Our Product: Best of the Cities Best Practices. Packaging the professional clinical and non clinical services provided; so a family can easily access these areas which are designed to meet their needs.  Often the problem is to know where to go and once there what to ask for and what to expect. Best of the Cities Best Practices identifies all 88 counties best practices in addressing the family members needs for support in substance use disorders.  The family is now networked into their community services. 

Learn your entire journey in advance. Empower the family with Knowledge

Our Product: The Family Solution Finder, Learning tracks for family on a journey with substance use disorder. The family members learn what are the  12 key issues faced in this journey, with insights from experts to guide their family members. There are over 30 learning seminars, each is self administrated at home or in a group. You do not need to have knowledge of the topic prior to presenting this content. The library of seminars covers the family members entire journey with substance use disorders. Then family member is now knowledgeable in their response-ability.

Managed any issue that presents. Use the F.T.R. model

Our Product: Family Transformation Response Model, Learn how to use the Family Transformational response (F.T.R.) model to address any of the 12 issues a family faces in their journey with addiction. The solution often sits inside a better understanding of the problem.  The family now has a tool to breakdown any issue they face and make a strong decision in how to best move forward. 

Child Resilience Program for Middle School's 

Preventure Program for middle school personality identification for coping skills.


It is a disease of the brain, let's provide services that treats it like a chronic disease.

Our Product: The Abacus, Chronic Disease Management in Substance Use Disorder is an "Alternate Site of Care" model that delivers services after Acute Care IOP treatment center discharge. The admit to "The Abacus" covers the timeline, post discharge for five years to increase outcomes of successful life long abstinence.  The goal is to significantly decrease relapses by staying with the patient, providing them services that work inside the known best practice of the alternate site of care industry (Home Healthcare) . The model includes Primary Care, Mental Health, Addiction Counseling, Faith Group outreach, Community Services and other specialty groups both clinical and non clinical.  it is outcomes based. 

The Invest in the Family Ministry

Our Product: Invest in the Family Ministry, A universal model that offers strategy, structure and process for a faith organizations to provide meaningful outreach to their congregation families on a journey with substance use disorder.  The family members can go to their place of faith practice and start a substance use disorder family ministry. 

Get your Family into Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) it can reduce relapse up to 59%. 

Your family can make a huge difference in relapse.

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If only someone had told me this in advance......

Addiction impacts the entire family system. 

Where to go for help

That all depends

Knowing the issue you are facing, empowers a family to seek the right level of help and assistance. 

The journey is also about making changes. Everything Changes. 

One step at a time

There are 5 steps in Change. Know them and determine which one is yours.