To Family and Friends
The Family Living Skills Program has become an integral part of the recovery treatment program process at the Texas House since 1993.
The objective and purpose of the curriculum is designed to provide education to both the residents and their family members in the areas of:
- Relationship Issues
- Parenting Skills
- Violence Issues
- Family Spirituality
- Communication Skills
- Traits of Healthy Family
- Stress Management Skills - Recognizing Triggers in Family Relapse Prevention
- Family System Theories
- Conflict Resolution Skills
- Impact of Alcohol/Drug Addiction on Family Foundation
- Principles for Effective Catalyst for Change
- Anger Management Skills
- Self-Esteem Building
- Behavioral Attributes of Co-Dependency
Many times families want to be helpful without asking the question, "Is my help really helpful?" In fact, families may unknowingly or knowingly contribute to the continuation of addiction. Margaret Paul, Ph.D., highlights mistakes family members make regarding helping their loved ones with their addiction. She notes that many times family members want to be in control of their family member's addiction, yet forget that the choice to act out addictively is 100% the addict's choice and family members cannot control this. Family members can be a support system to an addict but can't make decision for them. The family members need to accept the powerlessness over another's choices and behaviors. Another issue is a family's failure to examine their own contributions to family addictions by not realizing co-dependency issues and not taking care of themselves.
The Family Education Program brings about awareness and consciousness to one's thoughts, feelings and actions that can be part of the the problem and not part of the solution. The program groups emphasize that self-empowerment is self-acknowledgement of personal responsibility, accountability, personal growth, safety, and relationship enhancement, which cannot happen with the presence of alcohol and drug addiction.
Family Group Facilitators:
Fr. Anthony L. Pascaretta is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is an ordained Catholic priest and a member of the Benedictine Community of St. Anthony whose Monastery is located in Nashua, Montana. Currently, he is a Professor in the Human Service Technology Program at the Coleman College for Health and Sciences (HCCS).
Ms. Edna Padil-Pascaretta, is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, 3 years law education from the Philippines, and graduate education in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman's University. She has worked as a Family Counselor, Child Development Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor in a halfway house for men and women who have been incarcerated.
Fr, Tony and Ms. Edna founded the program Certified Community Family Educators in 2001 which is offerred at Houston Community College as scheduled.