Addiction affects everyone in its path. Family members must also heal from the emotional aftermath of drug and alcohol abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends that families get involved in treatment because studies suggest that addiction treatment is more effective when it includes family therapy. Family participation may increase the chances that a person stays in treatment, improve social and family relationships, and help prevent relapse.
To help our clients and their loved ones begin to rebuild their lives and relationships, we offer regular family therapy as well as a monthly two-day family program. Activities and topics are carefully planned to help families learn more about addiction and mental illness, connect them with others sharing similar struggles, and learn how to support their loved one in recovery while taking care of themselves.
Our family program takes place on weekends once a month. Below is a sample schedule.
Meet and greet with staff members and other families and discuss goals for the weekend
Neurobiology of Addiction – Our physician explains the disease of addiction, how it affects the brain and body, why it isn’t a matter of willpower and what loved ones should know about potential lingering withdrawal symptoms (post-acute withdrawal).
Stages of Family Addiction – Families learn about addiction as a phenomenon within the family system as well as the interpersonal challenges and dynamics that are sometimes in play. They’ll be given the opportunity to discuss experiences that surrounded the progression of addiction in their own families if desired.
Stages of Change and Conditions of Continued Support – Family members learn about addiction recovery as an ongoing process. They’ll learn ways to support their loved one in long-term recovery, and put resources in place to do so.
Codependency, Enabling/Enmeshment and Boundaries – We teach families how healthy boundaries support both them and their loved one. They’ll learn what types of relationship patterns may have characterized their family in the past, and what changes might be made in the future.
Loved ones will learn how recovery is a family process. We’ll explore the early, middle and late stages of recovery, create a family recovery plan and teach participants about resources and support groups that are available.
Program wrap-up, discussion and closing