Celebrating Families program offers a new fight against substanc - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Celebrating Families program offers a new fight against substance abuse

Posted: Updated:

12 step programs, peer counseling and therapy is much of what to do to try and stop addiction is one-on-one based.

And too often, the rest of an addict's family can fall through the cracks, or are left out of the loop.

We're introducing you to a new program showing great results, by including the whole family from the start.      

A group of volunteer facilitators are learning, and preparing to celebrate families.

They will work out of the Hillcrest Bruce Mission, serving an Ashland neighborhood with two housing complexes.

Once a week for 16 weeks, they will meet with families where drugs or alcohol have disrupted any positive structure.

They will start with a family meal, and then break into groups.

Director Linda Firebaugh told 13 News, "We put little kids in one place, teens in another, adults in another place.

We'll talk about nutrition, communication, how to get along with others, how not to be bullied."

A key goal of the program is to break the generational cycle of dependency.

"Kids who might not realize they are part of the whole problem will get the help they need to break the cycle," Volunteer Sean Daniels told us. 

The program leaders know the families in the neighborhood, and that's how they will begin friendly recruiting.

Down the road, they may recruit through drug court.

That way, they say they will know that family has to be at the meetings.

The last half hour, the facilitators and families come back together.

They hope the programs great successes in California and other states will happen here. 

The "Celebrating Families" program is setting up shop in Ashland, Greenup and Grayson.

Family meetings begin August first.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

    Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce White House fight

    Friday, July 28 2017 3:26 AM EDT2017-07-28 07:26:58 GMT
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez MonsivaisAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

    He also threatened to fire White House staffers who leaked about a dinner he had with the president.

    He also threatened to fire White House staffers who leaked about a dinner he had with the president.

  • Coca Cola Discontinuing Coke Zero

    Coca Cola Discontinuing Coke Zero

    Thursday, July 27 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:28:55 GMT
    A favorite soda is in for a change as Coca Cola officials announce they'll be discontinuing Coke Zero. The company says they'll be replacing the drink with a new sugar free formula that's said to taste more like original Coca Cola. The drink will be called Coca Cola Zero Sugar. The packaging is also going through a change as the new label will be red instead of Coke Zero's current black design. Many in Evansville are taking to this change better than they did to Ski's announcement...
    A favorite soda is in for a change as Coca Cola officials announce they'll be discontinuing Coke Zero. The company says they'll be replacing the drink with a new sugar free formula that's said to taste more like original Coca Cola. The drink will be called Coca Cola Zero Sugar. The packaging is also going through a change as the new label will be red instead of Coke Zero's current black design. Many in Evansville are taking to this change better than they did to Ski's announcement...
  • Starbucks to close down all Teavana locations, impacting 3,300 jobs

    Starbucks to close down all Teavana locations, impacting 3,300 jobs

    Thursday, July 27 2017 8:44 PM EDT2017-07-28 00:44:47 GMT
    CNNMoney(New York) - Starbucks announced on Thursday that all 379 Teavana stores -- which are primarily based in malls across the country -- have been "underperforming." The move will impact 3,300 workers. "The company concluded that despite efforts to reverse the trend through creative merchandising and new store designs, the underperformance was likely to continue," Starbucks said in a press release. Most locations will shut down by Spring 2018, Starbucks said,...
    CNNMoney(New York) - Starbucks announced on Thursday that all 379 Teavana stores -- which are primarily based in malls across the country -- have been "underperforming." The move will impact 3,300 workers. "The company concluded that despite efforts to reverse the trend through creative merchandising and new store designs, the underperformance was likely to continue," Starbucks said in a press release. Most locations will shut down by Spring 2018, Starbucks said,...
  • GovernmentMore>>

  • House passes $788B bill for military, wall

    House passes $788B bill for military, wall

    Thursday, July 27 2017 5:31 PM EDT2017-07-27 21:31:38 GMT

    The Latest on the House's $788 billion spending measure.

    The Latest on the House's $788 billion spending measure.

  • Ky. National Guard member shocked by Trump transgender ban

    Ky. National Guard member shocked by Trump transgender ban

    A Kentucky National Guard member says he was shocked by President Donald Trump's announcement that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military.

    A Kentucky National Guard member says he was shocked by President Donald Trump's announcement that he will ban transgender people from serving in the military.

  • Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces

    Trump to bar transgender individuals from armed forces

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 9:33 AM EDT2017-07-26 13:33:25 GMT

    President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.

    President Donald Trump says he will bar transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the U.S. armed forces.

  • SlideshowsMore>>

  • Truck overturns, spilling eels and slime all over highway

    Truck overturns, spilling eels and slime all over highway

    Friday, July 14 2017 1:15 PM EDT2017-07-14 17:15:05 GMT

    A truck carrying eels overturned on a highway, leaving a mess of slime and live eels for crews to clean up.

    A truck carrying eels overturned on a highway, leaving a mess of slime and live eels for crews to clean up.

  • #AlmostHeaven Pictures

    #AlmostHeaven Pictures

    Monday, June 19 2017 4:11 PM EDT2017-06-19 20:11:38 GMT
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - West Virginia's Division of Tourism is giving away one of their #AlmostHeaven vacation packages each hour on June 20th, 2017 in celebration of the West Virginia’s 154th birthday. These giveaways are the conclusion of the Division of Tourism’s two-week-long #AlmostHeaven social media campaign.  To view the giveaways, see the top posts or download campaign graphics, visit www.gotowv.com/almostheaven.
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - West Virginia's Division of Tourism is giving away one of their #AlmostHeaven vacation packages each hour on June 20th, 2017 in celebration of the West Virginia’s 154th birthday. These giveaways are the conclusion of the Division of Tourism’s two-week-long #AlmostHeaven social media campaign.  To view the giveaways, see the top posts or download campaign graphics, visit www.gotowv.com/almostheaven.
  • Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Kick Off Visit in Charleston, WV

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Kick Off Visit in Charleston, WV

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 5:12 PM EDT2016-10-25 21:12:29 GMT

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood kicked off their four show weekend in Charleston, WV on October 21st. The show on Friday began at 7:30. The duo will also have two shows on October 22nd and one show on October 23rd.  The weekend event is expected to bring more than 50,000 people to the capital city.  Garth Brooks says that Charleston, WV is one of the funnest cities to play. "They come here to have fun and that's our kind of people. We are expecting this weekend to ...

    Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood kicked off their four show weekend in Charleston, WV on October 21st. The show on Friday began at 7:30. The duo will also have two shows on October 22nd and one show on October 23rd.  The weekend event is expected to bring more than 50,000 people to the capital city.  Garth Brooks says that Charleston, WV is one of the funnest cities to play. "They come here to have fun and that's our kind of people. We are expecting this weekend to ...

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coca Cola Discontinuing Coke Zero

    Coca Cola Discontinuing Coke Zero

    Thursday, July 27 2017 9:28 PM EDT2017-07-28 01:28:55 GMT
    A favorite soda is in for a change as Coca Cola officials announce they'll be discontinuing Coke Zero. The company says they'll be replacing the drink with a new sugar free formula that's said to taste more like original Coca Cola. The drink will be called Coca Cola Zero Sugar. The packaging is also going through a change as the new label will be red instead of Coke Zero's current black design. Many in Evansville are taking to this change better than they did to Ski's announcement...
    A favorite soda is in for a change as Coca Cola officials announce they'll be discontinuing Coke Zero. The company says they'll be replacing the drink with a new sugar free formula that's said to taste more like original Coca Cola. The drink will be called Coca Cola Zero Sugar. The packaging is also going through a change as the new label will be red instead of Coke Zero's current black design. Many in Evansville are taking to this change better than they did to Ski's announcement...
  • Three-year-old twins die in backyard pool accident

    Three-year-old twins die in backyard pool accident

    Thursday, July 27 2017 1:40 PM EDT2017-07-27 17:40:06 GMT

    Authorities say 3-year-old twin brothers have died after they were pulled from a backyard swimming pool.

    Authorities say 3-year-old twin brothers have died after they were pulled from a backyard swimming pool.

  • Update: Missing South Charleston Woman Found Safe

    Update: Missing South Charleston Woman Found Safe

    Thursday, July 27 2017 10:46 PM EDT2017-07-28 02:46:36 GMT

    The South Charleston Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating Hailey Weems. Weem's family has reported her missing after not being able to make contact with her for several days. Her family is concerned because it is unlike her to go this long without speaking to anyone in the family and seeing her other children. She is nine weeks pregnant, and was last scene by her family several days ago at their residence in South Charleston. Weem's was last ...

    The South Charleston Police Department is asking the public for assistance in locating Hailey Weems. Weem's family has reported her missing after not being able to make contact with her for several days. Her family is concerned because it is unlike her to go this long without speaking to anyone in the family and seeing her other children. She is nine weeks pregnant, and was last scene by her family several days ago at their residence in South Charleston. Weem's was last ...

Powered by Frankly