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Family Education is critical to a successful recovery from addiction, not only for the person suffering from the substance use disorder, but for other family members as well.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has called addiction a family disease. Years of addiction can throw a family into chos, resulting in anger, lack of trust, hopelessness, and resentment. By getting involved in the weekly Family Ed portion of our treatment program, the entire family can begin healing.

Impact of Substance Use on Families

  • Negative emotions
  • Safety
  • Responsibilities
  • Communication
  • Enabling vs Supporting
  • Structure and boundaries
  • Denial
  • Relationships
  • Family commitment to their own recovery

Our Family Program includes education about addiction and how families are impacted by the disease and what they can do to recover.  Participants learn how their loved ones were changed by the mood altering chemicals.

Addiction has been called a disease of ‘denial’, as one becomes defensive and protective of their substance use. In response to questioning their use, a person begins to rationalize, defend, justify, blame and lie, contributing to ineffective communication patterns and unhealthy coping skills within the family and other close relationships. This pattern of denial, thus enables the progression of the disease process.

Families attend weekly while their loved ones are in our Outpatient programs. They learn about:

  • Active addiction
  • Recovery process
  • Communication skills
  • Relapse behaviors
  • Effective boundaries
  • Personal support systems
  • Regulation of emotions
  • Healthy coping skills
  • 12-step and Non-12 step programs..

The weekly Family Education program is facilitated by a staff clinician. Individual family sessions are available to our clients and their families.  Call for more information.


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