Family Education Group at Mile High Continuing Care
Far too many people with substance use disorders find themselves isolated and alone.
Family Education Group
Far too many people with substance use disorders often find themselves isolated, alone, and/or in an ongoing conflict with their family, their loved ones and their close family friends.
Very often, we find that family members, friends, partners and significant others often feel loss and abandonment. Many suffer with overwhelming anxiety and fear. They may also have a certain degree of anger, concern, embarrassment and guilt.
It’s Hard to Understand
Having a loved one taken hostage by addiction is dis-heartening and often tragic.
People who are not personally afflicted often have difficulty understanding substance use disorders.
It can be challenging to make sense of everything that happens.
They also may not fully understand the dynamics of the recovery process and the positive life-style changes that can occur.
We provide the space and environment for family members and other concerned individuals. It is a space that is both engaging and informative. A place where they will learn and acquire better understanding.
They will be offered guidance on developing a more educated viewpoint.
Structured & Understanding Format
It is very critical and importance to all parties concerned that they be provided with details and information about substance use disorders and recovery, in a structured and understanding format.
Our Family Education Groups allow an opportunity for family members to talk about their concerns. This is critical to helping them support the newly recovering person. This process also reduces the fear and worry that they may be having.
Our group will assist families in identifying behaviors and reactions that are common to families coping with people who have a substance use disorder.
More Likely to Succeed
Treatment is more likely to succeed if significant others become educated about the predictable changes that occur within the relationship as recovery proceeds.
In addition to providing specific education, the Family Education group sessions provide the counselor with an opportunity to facilitate involvement of significant others in clients’ recovery. Substance abuse can place families in crisis.
The Family Education group is not family therapy and does not attempt direct intervention into individual familial dynamics.
Rather, the Family Education component of the Matrix IOP package takes a psycho-educational approach.
It provides a relatively nonthreatening environment in which to present information and an opportunity for clients and their families to feel comfortable and welcome.
Information is presented about all substance use disorders, the treatment phase, the recovery process, and the ways in which families are affected. We also educate and guide family members on how they can support a client’s recovery.
Regardless of whether family members or significant others are in attendance, all clients are required to attend Family Education group sessions.
These group sessions provide the structured educational component of treatment for clients. In addition, clients receive information about the dynamics of family relationships as they relate to substance use disorders.