Addiction is a disease that impacts the entire family.
Dr. Deni Carise: Recovery Centers of America – Family Program
Open-Ended Family Program
Our group recovery process includes sharing and discussing in a group setting, as well as family education and family therapy. To help families better understand addiction, the recovery process, and the family dynamics that are involved in drug treatment programs, we offer a comprehensive, open-ended family program.
An Educational Experience
Our weekly family meetings provide coping skills that are essential when you are close to someone who struggles with a substance use disorder. And the more informed you are, the better you’ll be able to support your loved one.
Our clinicians provide the following services:
– Educational workshops
– Multi-family meetings
– Communication-building skills
Family Therapies and Classes
Family therapy addresses the recovery needs of the <em>entire</em> family. Many family members who have prioritized the needs of their loved one(s) for so long have neglected their own self-care and well being.
Our therapy sessions and educational workshops exist to provide family support, offering the space and tools families need to heal and prepare themselves for the future.
We also have classes that help family members learn to avoid enabling as well as how to set healthy boundaries. Establishing boundaries in a therapeutic context empowers family members to communicate their expectations for behavior, and reinforce their commitment to recovery and honesty.
Our intensive Family Program includes individual & group counseling, family therapy and educational seminars designed to heal you & your family, together.
Our Comprehensive Family Program
Studies show that a patient’s likelihood of achieving and maintaining long-term recovery increases significantly when their family or support group actively participate in the treatment and recovery process. For this reason, all of our patients and their families are strongly encouraged to participate in our weekly family therapy sessions. Within the first two days of entering treatment, our team will reach out to the patient’s primary support network (as identified by the patient) and brief them on what to expect when your loved one is in treatment as well as strategies to support them. Families are invited to participate in therapy within the first 7 days of their loved one’s treatment.
During these sessions, our Masters-Level Clinicians work with patients and their families to heal family dynamics and develop healthy communication and relationships that can act as a solid support system during patients’ long-term recovery. We also invite families to participate in our tailored educational seminars, which includes Narcan training. communication and boundary setting, the journey of recovery, and more.
As part of our family programming, we will:
- Contact the family (with the patient’s permission) within 2 days of the patient being admitted into our facility
- Engage with the family within 3 days of the patient entering treatment, briefing them on what to expect when your loved one is in treatment as well as strategies to support them
- Administer a family therapy session within the first 7 days of the patient’s inpatient treatment
All family members who wish to visit the patient must participate in an orientation first. This includes an RCA orientation and Narcan training as well as one of the following educational seminars:
- The Brain & Addiction
- Empowering and Healing the Family System
- Communication and Boundary Setting
- The Journey of Recovery
- Supporting Your Young Adult Through Recovery
By participating in these seminars, families will be better positioned to help support their loved one throughout recovery.
Many of our sites offer monthly family support groups and discussion panels, where families within the community can connect and heal together. Past alumni and their families offer guidance, hope, and support to patients and their families currently in recovery.
Family Support Groups
RCA at Devon: Sundays, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
RCA at Lighthouse: Mondays, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
RCA Outpatient at Voorhees, NJ: 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. Both patients and families are welcome to attend.
The goal of our Family Program is to heal family dynamics and help patients and their families lead a life of meaningful and lasting recovery – together.
For more information about our Family Program, call 1-800-RECOVERY today.
“The visual learning that everyone experienced kept communication open and active. RCA’s program was the most effective I’ve attended in the 5 years I’ve dealt with my son’s active addiction” -Mother of a young adult male
“The whole program was beneficial, but I especially liked the spirituality component. It’s the one thing that I have not experienced in parent support programs that I have attended in the past” -Mother of a young adult female patient
“I loved sharing the experience with my family and the interactive activities. It helped to create a connection regarding addiction. I learned that my family supports me and is eager to learn about what I am going through” -Patient
“Most beneficial was learning to reconnect in a positive way without judgement. That I can love my addict and hate the disease and I learned to separate the journeys and seek the help for yourself and let my loved one work on his recovery”
-Wife of a patient
“I learned that I need help/ support as much as my loved one and that’s OK” -Girlfriend of a patient