How Does the Family Program Work?

The Inn's Family Program is dedicated to educating  and counseling the families of clients in substance abuse treatment. To strengthen family support for the client and prevent relapse, the Family Program holds:

  • Orientation workshops for family and friends to help them understand addiction and the treatment process.
  • Weekly counseling sessions in which family members examine their own roles and discuss the changes they need to make in support of the addict's recovery.
  • Monthly family dinners at the Inn, where clients can gather with spouses, children, parents and siblings for food, fellowship and fun; an excellent way to begin rebuilding family relationships.

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based program designed to reunite clients with their families, educate their children on the disease of addiction, and teach parenting skills.

The program also uses family systems and cognitive-behavioral approaches to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social problems. The program is designed to meet the needs of youth ages 6 to 17 years old and it builds on protective factors by:

  • Improving family relationships
  • Improving parenting skills
  • Strengthening communication within the family
  • Increasing youths' social and life skills
  • Providing knowledge to break the cycle of substance abuse.

During a 15-week session, the families have dinner together, participate in weekly group counseling, and attend one field trip.

Program Wish List:

  • Tickets for concerts, sporting events, musicals, or any educational or entertainment event
  • Gifts
  • Games, personal items, books, household items
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • School supplies
  • Backpacks, pencils, notebooks, folders, etc.
  • Outerwear (coats, hats, gloves)

The Alumni & Outreach Program also provides a Youth Prevention component through classroom presentations about the negative impact of drug and alcohol abuse.