Counseling for Family Members

"Ihave been acquainted with Sheila Walker for about thirteen years. She helped my husband and me understand and navigate our daughter's drug use.  With her help, we were able to break the denial and take the necessary steps to confront her addiction.  We are grateful that she is continuing her recovery and is leading a very productive life.  In Sheila's codependent group, I was able to pursue my own recovery and can now understand and recognize unhealthy choices.  My journey with Sheila also included her extraordinary help in my brother's life who, as well, was an addict.  Her training and understanding of the disease of addiction and it's effect on lives is priceless and helps one find the road to healing."                                                                                                                                                    Judy


      Sheila Walker, CADC II, SAP

                 Substance Abuse Counseling                                                                        916-517-1683

Certification Number: A016640315

Do you find you spend a lot of time thinking and worrying about someone you love who is abusing drugs or alcohol?  Do you find yourself doing things that aren't helpful?

If you answered yes, you can benefit from your own counseling, whether or not your loved one seeks help. Family members, friends and loved ones lives have been negatively impacted by the behaviors and attitudes of the substance abuser in their life.  Therefore, counseling for you is also very important.  As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I understand the challenges of loving someone who has substance use issues and being scared and frustrated by their choices. 

     In weekly individual counseling sessions or in a group setting, together we will explore how you can best live your life within your relationship.  I will help you identify your behaviors that have not been helpful.  The focus in this process is on you! You will learn how to take care of yourself and practice self-care.  Begin to appreciate that you have wants and needs and that they matter!  Problems in your life occur when you have set aside your own needs and wants and focus on other people.  You want to help them but don't know how to help and not contribute to the problem.  If that describes you, please contact me.

Another resource for parents of adolescents or young adults is the book I co-authored with David Gust and Jon Daily below:

Written specifically for parents with concerns about their child's drug and alcohol use, this comprehensive guide gives answers to the difficult questions parents ask when faced with behavioral changes indicating alcohol and drug use.

It lays out the stages of drug use and its rapid progression in young people from experimentation to addiction. It explores parental, as well as societal, denial and enabling.  Parents will learn practical tools of setting limits to give their child the best opportunity to become drug free while strengthening the bond between parent and child.  Finally, the book explores the child and the family in recovery, and how to make the changes last.

This guide can serve as a starting point for parents who need intervention tools to address their child's substance abuse in the most effective way possible.  It will also help parents to address their own codependency behaviors.

After years of working with families from Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo Counties in California, we decided to share our experience with parents beyond our immediate area.  We hop you will benefit from this book.

To order a copy call Sheila at:       916-517-1683