At A New Day, we believe that the disease of addiction and alcoholism affects the family as a whole. When addiction or alcoholism goes untreated over a period of time, family members develop dysfunctional coping strategies. The family becomes organized around trying to manage the unmanageable disease of addiction. Intense feelings of frustration, anger, fear and isolation can build to a breaking point. The family may attempt intervention or cut off contact with the addict or alcoholic in an attempt to help them and find relief for the rest of the family. In an effort to protect a loved one from the consequences of addiction – financially, legally or emotionally – friends and family members invariably exhaust themselves attempting to help the suffering addict and end up feeling they need help themselves.
We encourage families to begin the healing process along with their loved one – to catch their breath, renew their spirits and get a fresh start. We encourage participation from immediate family members in our program throughout the treatment process. We keep in close contact with immediate family members and will keep you advised of your loved one’s progress every step of the way, and have established a family weekend program to give families an opportunity to become educated about the disease of addiction, to gain knowledge of the family recovery process and to extend our support to the family as a whole. We view the family as an essential component of ongoing recovery and we seek to involve you in the treatment and recovery process.
The Family Weekend Program provides you with the opportunity to address the many question and concerns you have about your loved one and the disease of addiction. If you are unable to attend Family Weekend, a conference with the immediate family, the client and therapist can be arranged in order to set guidelines for the next phase of recovery.
Family members and friends who have attended our Family Weekend Program have found that, regardless of the degree of inherent pain and suffering that has occurred as a result of the active alcoholic’s and/or addict’s behavior, a real foundation for healing and mutual understanding has resulted in coming together to forge a new beginning for their lives at A New Day.
A Word About Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
We recommend to all families involved in the recovery process from alcoholism and/or drug addiction. Al-Anon and Nar-Anon hold daily meetings everywhere in the United States to support family and friends of those suffering from the disease of addiction and alcoholism. While there is no magic formula that will enable you to make someone stop drinking and drugging, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon can help you to learn how to cope with the challenges of someone else’s drinking and/or drugging. We believe that by helping yourself as the family member or friend of the alcoholic or addict, positive changes can occur within the dynamic of the relationship that create a healthier atmosphere for the family as a whole, including the addict or alcoholic.
Please see our links to Al-Anon and Nar-Anon under our “Resources” Tab on the Home Page of this site.
Family Weekend Schedule*
|9:00am to 11:30am
Educational Group (Family Only)
|9:00am to 12:00 pm
Multi-Family Therapy and Closure Group
|11:30am to 1:00pm
|12:00pm to 4:00pm
Visit with client at property for Community Picnic
|1:00 to 4:30 pm
Multi-Family Group Therapy (Clients Involved)
*More detailed information will be provided upon admission to A New Day