Addiction Services for the Family
Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is an illness that has a profound effect on both the individual and his or her family members. An addicted person’s life becomes progressively more self-destructive. Because the illness is insidious, the alcoholic/addict’s life is affected physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. As a result, the entire family can get caught in the destructive progression of the disease. Living with an alcoholic /addict can be a chaotic, unpredictable experience. Serenity Lane incorporates family programs in all its treatment modalities.
Our family services provide education, therapy and support designed to repair relationships, build communication and improve patient outcomes.
Serenity Lane’s Family Services are available throughout all levels of care, including our residential, day treatment and outpatient programs. Our residential family program includes four family weekends where patients and family members work on repairing relationships, improving communication and building a foundation for long-term recovery.
The first weekend focuses on education around the disease of addiction and Serenity Lane’s treatment programming. This is also when patients and family members begin engaging in dialogue with support from the group and our counselors.
During the second weekend, we delve into family systems and communication. Patients and family members participate in communication exercises designed to clear barriers and build trust.
On the third weekend, patients and families participate in our highly popular letter writing exercise where patients and families write letters to each other. This exercise often helps with expressing things that are hard to say out loud. Patients talk about their experience in addiction while family can share how the patient’s behavior affected them. These letters are then read aloud in a therapeutic group. This is one of the turning points for our patients and families and is the result of the first two weekends of work.
In the fourth weekend, we work on setting boundaries and developing tactics for relapse prevention to prepare patients and families for the transition from residential to the home environment.
Engaging the Family in the Recovery Process
We encourage family members or significant others/friends of our patients to attend the program to learn how the disease has affected them.
The focus is on family roles and improving communication skills. Lectures, readings, small and large group discussions and role-playing activities help participants develop skills and tools they can use in everyday life.
IMPORTANT NOTICE to any family members or friends who wish to visit the residential patients at our Coburg campus:
- All family and friends will be required to attend orientation and weekend programming before visiting with the patients.
- No one will be allowed through the gate before or during visiting hours unless he or she has attended the family orientation and/or the family program that day.
- Upon arrival on campus, you must attend a mandatory 15 min orientation. Go straight into this orientation the moment you are checked in either by front reception or in the family center. The orientation will begin promptly at 9:00 am in the cafeteria. For our patient’s safety, you will be informed about what is and is not allowed on campus. We will cover all the rules. Any packages brought in for patients must be left with reception so that staff can check them thoroughly before giving them to the patients.
- No RV’s are allowed on campus due to space issues.
- View visiting hours and patient contact information
We encourage family members to attend their local Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meetings for continuing support. Unlike AA or NA, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are strictly for the family members of alcoholics/addicts. At these meetings members share their experience, strength and hope with others who have similar difficulties. Support and often-times lifelong friendships are forged during these critical passages in a family’s struggle with addiction. Your local phone book will have listings for Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.
For Family & Friends: Al-Anon & Alateen:
Nar-Anon Family Groups: