Addiction always involves the family of the addict, even if we try to deny that fact. The disease of addiction creates complex physical, emotional, social, and often legal consequences for the individual seeking addiction treatment.
This set of consequences affects the family and almost everyone who is close to the addict. Often over time, even if intentions are good, family involvement has only managed to enable the addict.
Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of addiction treatment, and choose to ignore the problem for fear of pushing their loved one away.
As addiction progresses, the individual typically becomes more and more manipulative and self-centered, focusing almost exclusively on feeding their addiction. This behavior rightfully invokes a strong response from the loved ones of the addict, who often feel hurt and traumatized. Thus it is understandable that family members are resentful and mistrustful towards the addict. The family program seeks to provide an opportunity for healing to begin.
Oceanfront Recovery offers a Family Weekend on a regular basis.
This in an important component of the Family Program, as it provides a safe space for healing to begin, starting the process of family reintegration. Parents, siblings, spouses, children, and other concerned loved ones are encouraged to participate.
We view family as an essential component of a patient’s ongoing recovery program and seek to involve family members in the addiction treatment and recovery process.
Every family is different, and the process of family involvement in addiction therapy will differ for every person.
Upcoming Family Weekend Dates
Friday, July 8, 2017 and Saturday, July 9, 2017
Friday, September 9, 2017 and Saturday, September 10, 2017
Friday, November 4, 2017 and Saturday, November 5, 2017
Send us an email to schedule attendance or for more information.
Family involvement helps families step back and recognize negative behavior patterns and relationship dynamics, both in themselves and in the addict. We have found that the support that a family provides to a patient recovering from addiction is essential to that patient’s success.