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.
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 have reported that they experienced significant healing of their own during the Family Program at Recovery Ways.
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 Program makes it possible to assist family members to identify and change 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 at Recovery Ways Family Program
The Recovery Ways Family Program consists of three 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 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.