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Addiction In The Family

Family Psychoeducation 6-week-program with a focus on addiction. This is different from family therapy in that, with this approach, the illness is the object of treatment, not the family. The goal is that I work together with families to support recovery. Research shows that consumer outcomes improve if families receive information and support (Dixon et al., 2001).

There are three phases to this approach each taking 2 weeks:

Phase 1: Joining sessions:

  • The purpose of these sessions is to learn about the families experiences with addiction, their strengths and resources, and their goals for treatment.

Phase 2: An educational workshop:

  • The purpose of these sessions is to meet the distinct educational needs of family members. I will also respond to the individual needs of families by providing information and resources.

Phase 3: Ongoing Family Psychoeducation sessions:

  • Ongoing Family PE sessions focus on current issues that consumers and families face and address them through a structured problem-solving approach.

  • I help families enhance their problem-solving, communication, and coping skills. When provided in the multifamily group format, ongoing FPE sessions also help consumers and families develop social supports.

Groups are forming for the Spring and Summer. They are limited to 3 families of 3. Register here to save your space. Cost: $75 weekly per family*

*for each additional member (4 or more) there is an additional $20 fee.

Additional intake sheets will be sent to you via email or regular mail prior to the start of Group.

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Other topics offered upon request: Schizophrenic disorders, Bipolar disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Borderline personality. Private family sessions are also available.

Who should attend:

  • Individuals affected by a family member’s addiction

  • Individuals who are age 14 and older (does not have to be blood related)

  • Individuals who want to be supportive in the recovery process

What you can expect to learn:

  • The answer to the following questions

    • What is addiction?

    • How can someone love a drug more than their family?

    • How can I be supportive in the recovery process?

    • Am I right to disown, enable, protect, provide for them?

  • How addiction affects the individual physically and psychologically

  • Coping skills related to addiction

  • Problem solving techniques related to addiction

  • Communication styles related to addiction

  • The Systemic perspective of addiction and how it affects the family

  • Ways to access resources in the community

Additional Resources

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Family Psychoeducation: Building Your Program. HHS Pub. No. SMA-09-4422, Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.