Family members can play a very integral part in the recovery process over alcoholism or drugs. However, those involved may not be prepared for this role. At the Cirque, we provide a family program as a part of alcohol and drug rehab. Every three weeks of programming is dedicated to working with residents and their loved ones which attend this treatment piece. Family members greatly benefit from an education on the nature of addiction, the family system in recovery, aftercare and the importance of the 12-step program.
There can be a number of misconceptions when it comes to addiction and a loved one’s struggles with drugs or alcohol. With the Cirque Lodge Family Program, those involved are educated on many of these aspects. They are taught about the disease concept of addiction. Family members also learn a great deal on enabling and also the difficulties of codependent relationships that are often evident in addiction. Not all aspects of Family Week are lectures or groups. Family members also have a chance to participate in experiential activities and events.
Family Week also offers the family and their loved one in drug rehab a chance sit down and discuss things. Family issues and difficult experiences can have a heavy hand in developing addiction and substance abuse. Process groups and sessions with a primary counselor provide a place for open communication, and more importantly understanding one another. This aspect can be quite difficult for some, but in the long run it can be therapeutic and integral to healing. Family Week provides all involved with aspects to help them for long term recovery and goals for a clean or sober future.