At Beach House, we recognize that addiction affects more than the individual using substances – entire family systems can be hurt and even destroyed under the weight of a loved one’s substance use disorder. Our addiction program is designed to help families heal while providing needed support during their loved one’s recovery.
According to a 2017 survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, nearly 50% of adults in the United States have a close friend or family member who struggles with a substance use disorder. This finding is consistent across political ideologies, genders, and races.
Substance use disorders affect entire families. While every family is impacted differently, the following issues are common among the children and family members of people struggling with addiction:
- Neglect or unmet developmental needs
- Attachment disorders
- Exposure to violence
- Economic hardship
- Housing instability
- Legal troubles
Additionally, the children of people with substance use disorders are at a significantly increased risk of developing an addiction disorder themselves.
Without addressing addiction in the context of the entire family system, treatment won’t achieve positive long-term results. At Beach House, we believe involving the family in evidence-backed therapeutic interventions maximizes the potential for positive outcomes.
What is Family Addiction Counseling?
It’s prioritizing your wellness during a family member’s recovery. It’s not just your loved one with a drug or alcohol problem who needs love, connection, and support on the road to lasting freedom from addiction. That is why we created our Wellness Program.
Addiction is a disease of alienation, and relationships of love and connection are essential to recovery. Research has revealed that family support and involvement are associated with better treatment and recovery outcomes for people with substance abuse.
On the basis of this research, we developed our Wellness Program for families of Beach House clients and alumni to provide a higher level of recovery-related guidance, support, and involvement to those families who need or desire it. We aim to strengthen communication with families, so they can have greater peace of mind and a sense of connectedness and involvement in their loved one’s recovery process.
The Benefits of Participating in the Family Wellness Program
Family members who participate in the Wellness Program receive the following services from a team of empathetic and experienced Wellness Coordinators:
- A closer level of personalized guidance and support with respect to recovery-related questions and concerns as they arise
- Referrals to family support groups like Codependents Anonymous and Al-Anon and other recovery resources
- An ongoing line of communication with our Wellness Team, which can start as early as within 72 hours of your loved one’s admission to treatment and can continue after their discharge for as long as you need it
- Access to a supportive network of other Beach House families through a private Facebook page that provides group members with recovery-related resources and opportunities to connect.
What Sets Our Wellness Program Apart
Our Wellness Program is unique in the world of addiction treatment, where it’s not uncommon for families to feel excluded from a loved one’s plan of treatment. Health privacy laws do require that your loved one authorize any sharing of protected health information and give their signed consent to your participation in a program of this sort. Beach House requires a client’s signed consent, whether upon admission or at any time after, to enroll their family members in the Wellness Program.
But unlike many treatment centers that actually discourage communication with family members or the engagement of close relatives in a parallel process of recovery, Beach House firmly believes that an open line of communication and greater engagement with family can improve long-term recovery outcomes.
We also place a strong, research-based emphasis on the healing power of relationships of love and connection as the primary raw material for recovery – which shapes how we work with our families, whom we consider to be extended members of the Beach House family. Get better acquainted with our philosophy and the clinical excellence practices that we pair it with, in pursuit of optimal recovery outcomes.
How the Wellness Program Works
The Wellness Program is tailored to ensure that within 72 hours of a loved one’s admission, family members will get an introductory call from a Wellness Coordinator, followed by two calls per week thereafter—until the loved one has completed the Beach House treatment program.
At the end of their loved one’s treatment program, which naturally can be a tense and potentially scary juncture for clients and their families, family members enrolled in the Wellness Program can expect to receive a call within 72 hours of their loved one’s discharge.
For the next three months after your loved one’s discharge, you will continue to receive two weekly calls from a Wellness Coordinator. They will be there to support you, answer any questions, and serve as a liaison to other recovery groups, providers, and resources as you transition into this next phase of early recovery.
At the end of the first three months following treatment, a Wellness Coordinator will reduce their call frequency to one call every three weeks, and thereafter, family members enrolled in the Wellness Program can expect to receive a call once monthly for a lifetime (or for as long as they desire).
Eligibility for the Family Wellness Program
Eligibility to participate in the Wellness Program is granted to any family member whose loved one is in treatment or has completed treatment at Beach House and has signed a consent form (which all clients receive at the start of treatment during the admissions process) authorizing that family member’s participation in the program. There is no limit to how many family members are allowed to participate, so long as the client has given their signed permission authorizing each of the family members to participate.
Beach House Center for Recovery: Family Addiction Counseling in Florida
Beach House Center for Recovery was founded on the belief that love and connection are instrumental in successful addiction treatment. We provide customized treatment programs designed to empower patients and their families with effective addiction management tools and strategies. We believe that a strong and united family system can help patients achieve long-term freedom from addiction.
For more information about our family addiction wellness counseling, please contact our compassionate admissions counselors today.