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Trinity Life Ministries includes families in addiction recovery

A local organization is including families in its addiction recovery program. A representative from Trinity Life Ministries said the family is a vital piece of the healing process.

Posted: Mar 25, 2018 2:02 PM
Updated: Mar 26, 2018 9:04 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A local organization is including families in its addiction recovery program. A representative from Trinity Life Ministries said the family is a vital piece of the healing process.

Executive Director of Trinity Life, Philip Gabriel, often asks people about the relationships they value most. 


He said the answer is always the same.

"It's always been 'my family',"shared Gabriel. 

Gabriel knows the men in addiction recovery programs need help, but has often wondered, who is helping their families?

"They've been run over so many times they can hardly get up. They've been manipulated, they've been lied to, they've been stolen from," said Gabriel. 

Melanie Radzikowski has experienced this first-hand.

"I needed that as I was walking through with my husband there were ways that I needed to change," said Radzikowski. 

When her husband was going through the program, she realized he couldn't do it alone.

In these circumstances, families have to make difficult decisions. She presented an idea to the board and now serves as Director of Family Ministry.

Family Ministry is a program that provides families with resources as their loved one goes through the recovery process. 

"I think we are setting ourselves up to see those positive results," said Radzikowski. 

Gabriel recognizes those results. 

"They have something to prove to their loved ones and to their family that I am going to do this, you know you mean more to me than anything else," said Gabriel. 

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