The Blanchard Institute Family Program

We are dedicated and committed to providing quality treatment and care for the entire family. Our family program provides education, empowerment, and support to clients, their family members and/or significant others through participation in multi-family groups, educational lectures, and informative classes. Since substance use disorder is a family disease, our program is specifically designed to address early recovery issues for the entire family. It is designed to provide participants an opportunity to express and share feelings and experiences in a safe and supportive environment. The Family Program is a part of your treatment. Even if you do not have family members or loved ones who attend with you, your attendance is a vital part of your recovery program.

Our program includes a minimum of 4 family education sessions that will include you and a family member. Your counselor will help you determine the appropriate process for you and your family.

FW Family Workshop:  Offered every 6 weeks, for more information click here.

FFG Family Support Group:  Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM **Families Only
Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Disease Education

During this session, participants learn about the disease model of addiction. It is appropriate for patients, family members, and/or their significant others who may benefit from knowing more about addiction. Attention is made on understanding how addiction is a chronic disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors. Discussion includes defining aspects of the disease, the course of the disease, as well as, the types of treatment and interventions used to arrest the behaviors that prolong progression.

Family Dynamics

Patients and family members can benefit from education on how the disease of addiction affects the family system. This discussion helps highlight possible enabling behaviors of family members, the negative consequences, and the impact these behaviors may have on addicted persons. Patients also are able to better understand how their disease leads them to manipulate family members, friends, and co-workers into unconsciously supporting their disease. This session allows participants to explore and discuss healthy behaviors that promote increased self worth and trust within family systems.

Communication Skills

Education is provided on the importance of positive communication. A path to recovery includes learning ways to identify healthy and unhealthy styles of communication and ways to break through these barriers to achieve effective communication. Exercises and recommendations are provided which help to promote the important communication skills of listening, paraphrasing, and reflection with others.

Relapse Prevention & Recovery

The focus of discussion centers on the importance of taking the necessary steps to maintain sobriety and the importance of have a solid recovery support system for both the client as well as the family. This includes an introduction to community support such as AA, Al-Anon, CODA, along with an understanding of how socialization into these mutual-help groups can be part of a successful recovery program.