Our Approach to Treating Families of Addicts
Treating the Whole Family Is Critical
Addiction and behavioral health issues affect persons with substance abuse problems and their loved ones. We understand that the families of addicts are deeply affected. Family members want to help their loved one, but the situation is delicate. Sometimes, the addiction becomes the family’s focus, throwing it into chaos. Addiction to drugs and alcohol inevitably leads to pain, confusion, and sadness.
At Caron, we believe the patient is the family, and the family is the patient. In other words, we believe it’s crucial (and in some cases required) for the family to be engaged in holistic rehabilitation from the very beginning of the pre-admission process.
We bring family members into the admission and assessment process from the start, so that their input can form the basis for a personalized addiction treatment plan. At Caron Renaissance, we pair new families with an alumni family “buddy” who can provide support, answer questions, and share experiences.
Each situation is different, but some of the ways in which family members might be involved in their loved one’s treatment include:
- educational programming
- talking to a family addiction counselor who is not part of their loved one’s clinical team
- weekly phone calls with staff during the loved one’s treatment
- intensive three-day family workshops aimed at identifying dysfunction and breaking the cycle of enabling
- participation in Caron Renaissance’s Residential Family Restructuring Program
As family members work toward personal recovery, they are able to move toward healthier relationships with their loved one.
Learn more about our Programs for Families.