Addiction doesn’t just touch the addict. Families get pulled into their orbit, too, which is why it’s so crucial to involve them in recovery. To a family without an understanding of addiction, it can seem like the addict has simply become withdrawn or angry. They might think it’s because of something done or said when in fact it’s because the person they love has a disease.
Balboa Horizons offers two distinct family support groups: FamilyCares (sometimes referred to as family week) and Family Recovery Workshops. Both groups aim to involve families in the support process and educate them on areas such as:
- Enabling and codependency
- The disease of addiction
- The effects of addiction on both the addict and the family
- Recovery programs and effective treatment solutions
- Self care, self esteem, and personal healing
Addiction can cause lasting damage to a family. These issues should be addressed before an addict’s long-term recovery can begin. Balboa Horizons believes that education and therapy are key to helping families cope with addiction.
FamilyCares is a four-day weekend in which families learn how to support the addict—and each other—through rehab and beyond. Our goals are to improve communication, support healthy boundaries, and encourage healing. This model dramatically improves an addict’s chances of successful recovery. You may also see it referred to as “family week.”
Dr. Jim Tracy leads this program. He is a nationally recognized speaker and educator with more than 20 years of experience in family intervention. Dr. Tracy guides families through an interactive and lively process that combines lecture, role playing, and group activities.
Family Recovery Workshops
Our Family Recovery Workshops happen every Thursday evening. They’re free and open to the public. Any family dealing with addiction can drop in and receive support in a casual, lively setting.
Sessions are led by Burr Cook, Balboa Horizons’ executive clinical director. Topics include the psychology of addiction, how to set boundaries with loved ones, and the benefits of community support,.
At Balboa Horizons, our focus goes beyond treating the addict. We are committed to helping both addicts and family members develop the tools and skills for a lasting foundation in recovery.