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Family Program for Addiction Recovery

St. Gregory Recovery Center understands that substance abuse affects the entire family. While the person involved in active addiction may be the center of the treatment program, loved ones suffer from loss of trust, anxiety, and depression while seeing their family member go through addiction and recovery. A co-dependent relationship may also develop where the loved one unintentionally enables the behavior of the addicted person.

What does the Family Program for Addiction Recovery entail?

  • Education: Family members often lack a full understanding of addiction and its effects. Education programs provide information about the science of addiction, its causes, and the impact it has on both the individual and the family. Understanding addiction is the first step in learning how to support recovery.
  • Communication Skills: Family programs teach effective communication techniques to help family members engage in open, honest, and non-confrontational conversations with their loved ones in recovery. Learning how to express concerns, set boundaries, and listen empathetically is crucial.
  • Setting Boundaries: Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries is important for both the individual in recovery and their family. Family programs help family members learn how to set appropriate boundaries to protect themselves and support their loved one’s recovery.
  • Support Networks: Family programs often encourage family members to seek support from peer groups, such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, where they can connect with others facing similar challenges and share their experiences.
  • Therapy and Counseling: Many family programs offer family therapy sessions, either individually or in group settings. These sessions provide a safe space for family members to express their feelings, work through issues, and heal from the impact of addiction.
  • Relapse Prevention: Family programs teach families to recognize warning signs of relapse and how to respond effectively. They also help families prepare for potential relapses and develop strategies for dealing with them.
  • Codependency Awareness: Family programs often address codependency issues, where family members become overly involved in the life and struggles of the addicted individual. Understanding codependency and how to break free from it is crucial for fostering healthy relationships.
  • Stress Management: Dealing with addiction in the family can be incredibly stressful. Programs may provide stress management techniques and coping strategies to help family members handle their own emotional and mental well-being.
  • Long-Term Support: Recovery is an ongoing process, and family programs often emphasize the need for continued support and involvement. They may provide resources for ongoing family counseling or support groups.
  • Rebuilding Trust and Relationships: Addiction can strain or damage family relationships. Family programs focus on rebuilding trust and fostering healthier relationships as the individual progresses in recovery.

Family Program Schedule

For these reasons, St. Gregory offers a Family Program to educate and support the loved ones of our clients. Offered every 3rd Saturday from 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, family members are invited by our clients to attend informational sessions about the impact of substances on our physiology, what language to use with someone new in sobriety, and how to create a smooth transition back home for the client.

Family Program Visitation

Sunday is family visit day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Clients submit a request for visitation to the clinical team weekly so we can ensure proper staffing during that time.

St. Gregory Recovery Center is fully accredited and partners with the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Contact us today to get started.

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