Family members are often worried, confused, weary and unaware of how to help their loved one who is battling addiction. The purpose of the Family Program is to educate the family on the disease of addiction and arm you with coping skills to help your loved one and yourself. Addiction is a family disease, which means that everyone is the family is affected and everyone in the family needs support. You have made a very important decision to begin this process by attending Recovery Ways Family Program and we welcome you! Addiction is a progressive and life threatening disease, but there is treatment. The Family Program will educate patients and family members on several key topics including: the brain and addiction, family dynamics, communication, relationship issues, co-dependency and relapse prevention. The goal of the Family Program is to educate the family and the patient about the illness and ways to cope and effectively treat the disease. We know that with the family on board with treatment, the potential for long term success becomes more viable.
Do you have a loved-one that needs help?
Addiction is a disease that puts stress on someone’s health, finances, spiritual growth and social well-being. Addiction also affects more than just the addict. It affects friends, family, loved ones, and anyone close to the addict.
The format for the Family Program consists of programming over three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). We are very pleased that you have made the extra effort to attend and participate. Please feel free to contact Recovery Ways if you have any questions about the Family Program.
How we integrate the family into addiction treatment.
The Family Program is an integral part of the recovery process here at Recovery Ways. The primary purpose of our program is to educate families on the disease of addiction and supply you with a litany of tools to help your loved one and yourself. The family program is modeled after the programming that patients receive during their treatment stay. It is very important for the family to get a good foundational understanding of the disease, how they may have inadvertently contributed to the disease and what they can do to affect positive change within the family system to combat addiction. The 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 Family Program is often life-changing because relationships have the opportunity to begin to mend, after having experienced prolonged feelings of confusion, hurt, blame, or misunderstanding. Previous and ongoing family conflicts can be recognized in a safe and nurturing environment. After the Family Program, residents and their family members are encouraged to utilize the skills learned here, and to continue to develop and foster healthy relationships with each other.
These groups focus primarily on education regarding the disease of addiction as well as the family disease. The majority of these presentations are interactive and questions are welcome.
Group Time with Non-Related Patients and Family Members:
These groups are time for families to interact with patients they are not related to. This experience allows for both family members and patients to participate, ask questions, and share their thoughts and feelings more openly without the dynamic of the entire system being present.
Group Time with Related Patient and Family Members:
These groups are designed to identify and address issues within the family system that will interfere with the recovery process for both the identified patient and the family members. Time is also allotted for patients to review their continuing care plans with their family members.
Conjoint Sessions/Sessions with the Therapist, Patient and Family:
The need for conjoint sessions will be determined throughout the week by the patient’s therapist. If a conjoint session is scheduled, the family and the identified patient will be notified of the time and place. These sessions can be used to address sensitive topics and individualized support.