Family Participation Program
The Family Program is an integral part of the recovery process at Recovery Ways. The primary purpose of our program is to educate and support our patient’s families in the many ways that the family system has been impacted. We want to help family members understand their loved one in treatment and be able to help them once they are done with treatment. This program is often a big step towards restoring trust and forgiveness in the relationships that may have been lost because of the addiction. Addiction is commonly referred to as a “family disease” and people usually do not know how to start repairing the damage done by addiction with professional therapists understanding, communication, and trust can be done for everyone involved building a healthy foundation for a healthier future for the patient and their family.
What It Does
Both the patient and family may have a myriad of hopes, expectations, and fears regarding the Recovery Ways Family Program and some family members will be challenged by our program. Family members who have attended our family program and family weekends have reported that they experienced significant healing of their own during the Family Program at Recovery Ways. Through the healing of the family unit, a more successful and fulfilling recovery can take place for the loved one who is suffering from addiction and/or mental health issues.
Family members will learn about their loved one’s addiction and its effects, they will also receive an overview of the recovery and some treatment resources. The treatment plan will be custom designed and implemented upon admission. They will learn how they can help their loved ones, themselves, and the family as a whole. They will also learn about relapse warning signs and prevention. Recovery Ways works with the patient, the patient’s family, and other support groups as a team to make sure when the patient completes treatment they are surrounded by supportive, strong, loving, and caring people. We want to give the patient every tool to maintain their new sober life.
What We Provide
Family Program provides a safe and therapeutic environment to recognize and discuss difficult issues, teach family members how to be supportive, acknowledge unhealthy lifestyle habits and heal together as a family. The Recovery Ways Family Program is often life-changing because relationships begin to mend from the prolonged feeling of being confused, hurt, and misunderstood. After the Family Program, clients and family members are encouraged to utilize the skills learned to continue developing healthy relationships with each other.
The family will learn how the addiction affected each person, for how long, and what damages to the relationship have occurred. They will discuss and learn family roles dealing with the addiction such as enabling, stressor, or codependent and how to be a positive strong support system during and after treatment for the patient.
The Family Program makes it possible to assist family members in identifying and changing their unhealthy ways of relating and use skills that will support and help maintain the healthy changes acquired by their loved one in the course of treatment. This information is a significant factor in the development of an appropriate discharge and aftercare plan by providing information to other professionals whose services may be necessary to sustain the patient’s ongoing recovery after discharge from the Recovery Ways treatment program.
What to Expect
The Recovery Ways Family Program consists of two days of activities structured to help you understand the nature of your family member’s condition, whether it is substance abuse, dual diagnosis, cross addiction, chronic pain or a combination of these. The program consists of family therapy as well as instructional and experiential activities that are similar to those which your loved one has experienced while in treatment.
On each day of the program, you will meet with the staff members who have been responsible for managing the care of your family member. These meetings are designed to help you clearly understand the innate nature of your family member’s condition, including the past, present, and future concerns. Comprehensive Discharge Planning will also be discussed in detail so that you can support your family member in their ongoing recovery efforts. Many families find it is helpful to pursue ongoing individual and family therapy after discharge.
At the conclusion of Recovery Ways Family Program it is our hope that you will have:
- A better understanding of your loved one’s condition
- An opportunity to address your concerns regarding your love one’s treatment
- An explicit understanding of healthy family roles and boundaries
- A specific detail of your loved one’s discharge plan
- An appreciation of the need to follow discharge with family therapy needs.
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Family Participation in the Future
Patients who are in PHP or IOP programs rely heavily on their families during their treatment program. After patients have finished their treatment here at Recovery Ways we encourage them to become a part of our alumni program to stay involved and learn of new sober activities and events. Many family members of patients come to these events and activities as well and we encourage you to do so. Family support is important for recovering addicts and know they have you to go to these new places and try new things with you will help them feel like they are not in this alone. The support for a recovering addict is very important and we encourage you to become a part of their life as well as invite them to be apart of yours.
Do you have a family member that needs treatment?
If you have a loved one or family member that is struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues, Recovery Ways can help. Our admission coordinators can recommend a plan of action, suggestion a preferred interventionist, or speak to your loved one if they’re ready to commit to treatment. Our trained coordinators can even review your loved one’s insurance benefits and find out if it will help cover the costs associated with treatment.
Get help for your loved one, so they begin a new life in recovery. Call 1-888-986-7848 today.