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When recovering from addiction, family engagement is key.

The family needs to heal from damage caused by addiction; at the same time, the family plays an integral role in their addicted loved one’s rehabilitation and recovery process.

The Patient is the Family, and the Family is the Patient

At Caron, we believe the patient is the family and the family is the patient. To treat the addicted person, we need the knowledge, experience, and support of the family. We understand that families affected by drugs and alcohol need healing just as much as their addicted loved ones. We firmly believe that solving family problems forms the basis for a lifelong recovery—for  everyone.

Help for Families of Addicts

Addiction to drugs or alcohol affects entire family systems. Every family member experiences pain and dysfunction that must be addressed and treated in order for the family to have a chance of healing and becoming whole. Caron’s family services and treatments are individualized to address the unique circumstances of each family.

Understanding and Forgiveness

At Caron, we involve family members in an individual’s drug and alcohol treatment to help them achieve a better understanding of addiction, family dynamics, relationships, the cycle of enabling, and other issues that affect recovery. As family members achieve a better understanding of why and how addiction occurs, they can begin to forgive the addicted family member and begin healing.

Becoming a Stronger Family Unit

Addiction treatment is most successful when every family member commits to it. When family members are willing to work together, they pave the way for better relationships, greater functionality, better communication, and renewed affection. Our family therapists are integrated within a patient’s behavioral health treatment team to make the experience as uplifting and transformational as possible. As family members find recovery within themselves, they are able to move towards healthier relationships with their loved one.

Helping with the Loved One’s Treatment

From the first inquiry, we engage family members in the loved one’s treatment; they remain part of the process throughout inpatient rehab and beyond. This parallel treatment process reinforces our belief that the patient is the family and the family is the patient. Through the intense involvement of family members, clinical staff can come to understand family dynamics and address dysfunction, which is essential to treating drug and alcohol problems.

Our family programs and treatment help both families and patients understand the emotional consequences of addiction, the recovery process, and the enormous impact that addiction has on the family. Families also learn how their behaviors and attitudes can enable addiction to progress and gain tools for eliminating enabling behaviors. We also teach families to recognize signs of relapse so that they can help addicts maintain  lives of recovery.

Learn more about our programs for families.

Meet Our Staff

Ryan Hanson
Ryan Hanson
Director of Family Services
Anne-Marie Loose
Ann-Marie Loose
Director of Family Services
Austin Houghtaling
Dr. Austin Houghtaling
Senior Clinical Director of Recovery for Life