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 chaos, 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.

To help determine if it is time for your loved one to seek help, here are the most common reasons people decide to seek addiction treatment.

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.

Addiction and the Family

Addiction is a lonely, isolating disease that somehow affects everyone around the substance abuser—spouses and significant others, children, other family members, close friends, and even coworkers. Without help, untreated substance abuse ruins lives and relationships. The best way you can help your addicted loved one is to have them enroll in one of Lasting Recovery’s outpatient addiction treatment programs.

Download the I’m Your Qualifier letter by Randy Kaforey for insight into the nature of addiction from the point of view of a loved one struggling with addiction. Family members often wonder why their loved ones are struggling with addiction and this letter helps explore that question.

To learn more about the inner workings of addiction, the toll it can have on families and friends, and how to seek help we have put together this collection of informative videos for the family.

Lasting Recovery – “Where Wellness Begins…”

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