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Family Education

Please postpone your visit to Hanley’s campus for chapel services, family education or other reasons if you are sick with the flu or experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The five-day Family Education Program was developed because the disease of addiction is a family disease.  It affects the active addict, family members and the family system itself.  Addiction, like any other chronic disease, requires a network of people to either support the disease or support recovery from it.

The Crisis:  Addiction treatment is usually sought at the height of a crisis.  Mental, spiritual, physical, relational, legal, financial or emotional factors may have forced a decision to enter treatment. Families usually experience a profound sense of relief. Accepting help is the first step in recovery.

Recovery for the Individual and the Family
When you participate in the Family Program, you are taking the next step in supporting the patient’s sobriety.  

The equilibrium of a family system also is influenced over time by addiction. Family members may not realize that a healthy and open balance of relationships has shifted to a closed system, in which the addict has drained the energy and attention of others.

Both the individual and the family deserve their own recovery. You now have the opportunity to improve your quality of life regardless of another person’s fundamental choices.

During the Family Program, participants learn about substance use disorder, and participate in combined sessions as well as multi-family groups.

When we understand the bio-psychological, chronic disease of addiction, we can better understand its effects on the individual and the family system.

  • You will find that you are not alone in trying to cope with a disease that can be devastating to entire families.
  • You will review factors that influence relapse as well as support recovery.  
  • The age and life stage of the patient creates a set of family defenses and maladaptive behaviors to protect, deny and avoid.

Combined Family Sessions

  • Family members learn to identify defense mechanisms within the family system.
  • You will explore possible family of origin issues that may contribute to these dynamics.
  • This may be first time that you have been able to openly and safely explore core issues and ways to develop healthy ways to satisfy your own needs.

Multi-Family Groups

  • Through objective observation of other family dynamics and the process of change, you can begin to develop healthier responses for an open family system.
  • The process of recovery also becomes one of receiving genuine support and concern from others.

Individualized Recovery Planning

  • Family participation strengthens the patient’s continuing care plan for the next stage of recovery.
  • Members may establish their own healthy boundaries as the best way to express continued love and support of the addicted person.
  • Family members may develop their own recovery plan.

During the family program, families are introduced to appropriate 12-Step support groups and other resources, such as counseling.

Click here for directions to Hanley Center's Family Program.


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