Anyone who belongs to a family knows that when one member of the family is sick or in crisis, the entire family is affected. At Origins, we know that a patient’s prospects for recovery significantly improve when the family is involved in the process. Our Family Programs provide dedicated support for those with loved ones in addiction treatment.
Addiction is a disease that ravages the entire family system.
Our Family Clinical Philosophy is rooted in this understanding. Not only is the suffering person scared, frustrated, and hopeless but so are their concerned family members and friends. Addiction means sleepless nights spent waiting for him or her to come home and horrible arguments that keep the home in turmoil. Family and friends are frequently met with anger when suggesting their loved one seek help. Effective treatment programs can bridge this divide and get your family moving in a healthy direction.
Origins’ Family Program offers multi-day immersions which explore the disease of addiction and how it affects the entire family.
During the Five-Day Family Program at Hanley Center at Origins in Florida and the virtual Origins’ Family Healing Program at Origins Recovery Center and Hannah’s House in Texas, various approaches will help families understand addiction and begin to identify the dynamics within the family that may contribute to ongoing addiction.
Origins’ Family Program provides:
A confidential group environment
Therapeutic, family-oriented support
The tools to heal and regain a sense of better life
Open discussions in a safe, supportive environment
A new perspective on how to cope with the challenges of addiction recovery
Guided communication between family members and loved ones
Your family doesn’t have to do this alone. Our Family Program provides a lifeline for recovery support. It is offered free of charge to all families of patients in Origins’ treatment programs.
Family Program FAQ
How did our family arrive at this point?
Denial is one of the chief symptoms of the family disease of alcoholism. Some of us deny our family members have a problem while others are all too willing to pass the blame and deny our own participation until a crisis emerges.
How can I best support my loved one?
As we learn more about productive coping tools through interaction with other families, we become better able to face what is going on in our own families. As we develop healthy skills that address our needs, we see how we can support our loved ones.
What is addiction?
Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by dysfunction in brain circuitry that leads to a pathological pursuit of reward and/or relief by substance abuse and other behaviors.
Why focus on me when I am not the patient?
Our Family Program operates from the clinical belief that each family member has been impacted by addiction.
What is the rationale for group therapy?
By exploring the family dynamics of others we are able to ask questions and share our thoughts and feelings more openly. With the absence of anger, resentment, fear and sadness, we can see how objective dialogue assists both patients and families in understanding the many different perspectives of this disease.
Why do I have to come?
Your involvement and engagement in this therapeutic process directly affects the outcome of your loved one’s treatment.
Which days are the most important for me to be there?
Each day is extremely important and builds upon the previous one. We require you to commit to full participation for all of the consecutive days to maximize your benefit while minimizing disruption to others.
How can I get access to a staff member if I have a problem?
Please feel free call us with any questions at any time. 561-841-1296.
Al-Anon and Why?
Family members need the fellowship and safety that 12-Step programs like Al-Anon provide. These support groups offer places for family members to explore their feelings while they give and receive both support and encouragement from others. Recovery meetings such as these are not affiliated with any particular enterprise or religious organization. There are no membership fees or dues, but donations are accepted at each meeting to help cover administrative costs. Membership is anonymous and anyone can join at anytime. Several types of meetings are available to address a variety of needs.
Let us know if you have questions about any of these 12-Step recovery programs:
If you need help finding a meeting in your community, please contact one of our Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s Family Program counselors.
Are there support groups for families of addicts?
We have weekly free virtual support groups for families. Every Tuesday at 12:00PM EST and every Wednesday at 7PM EST. Join us on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 815 1713 9110
Florida Multi-Day Family Program
The first step in the midst of the initial crisis to find help for the identified patient to address the addiction. The remainder of the system, the support network, will experience preliminary relief in the belief that “the problem” is now being addressed and resolved. The question of the crisis, “How did we get here?” quickly dissipates. It is here that the second intervention must occur; the intervention with the family system. Without including the family system in the treatment and recovery process, the opportunity for ongoing recovery is significantly diminished.
Family Involvement Is Welcome
Responses from family members may vary. Some are shocked or surprised that they have been identified as needing help and others may be angry and resistant to any new ideas. It is critical that family members hear the message that their involvement is welcome, but they deserve their own personal recovery as well. Helping families understand that participating in their own recovery improves their lives regardless of the patient’s choices is a fundamental message that must be conveyed and understood.
The intervention may vary from very subtle to very direct depending on the dynamics of the system. The initial response is usually “It’s not my problem” or “What and why are changes expected of me?” This is where psycho-education, conjoint sessions, and multi-family groups prove to be most effective.
Multi-day Family Programming
Participation in the intensive Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s Five-Day Family Program in Florida is critical to the long-term recovery success of loved ones in treatment. Addressing the ripple effects of addiction throughout the family is an integral component of restoring healthy methods of communication, levels of trust, degrees of intimacy and elements of self-care for each individual within the family unit.
Progressive By Design
Multiple, consecutive days are necessary because this particular component of the comprehensive recovery process for addiction is progressive by design. Insights from each previous day gradually build upon each other. In this way, participation in the daily curriculum equips each family member with the precise tools and resources needed to journey farther down the pathway of identifying the many personal effects they have experienced as a result of damaged relationships.
Each Origins’ daily session is facilitated by family counselors who are specialists in dealing with issues of addiction. Various modalities such as psycho-education, conjoint family sessions and the opportunity to participate in multi-family groups are utilized resulting in an effective and highly engaging experience.
Develop a Plan Together
The comprehensive, five-day curriculum in Florida is designed to assist the identified Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s patient and family members in the development of a continuing care plan unique to their family’s needs. It is this care plan that will provide the bridge for transition from the safety of inpatient treatment to successful, long-term recovery.
Other family-centered approaches to recovery are available, such as Al-Anon. Please let us know if you have questions about what these 12-step recovery programs include.
Family Program Offices for Hanley Center at Origins
Our offices are located at the Family & Outpatient Facility: 933 45th Street, West Palm Beach, Florida, 33407. Please do come to this location rather than our main campus.
From I-95, exit at 45th Street and then head east approximately two miles. Our building is on the left at the beginning of St. Mary’s campus.
Origins’ Family Healing Program™
Our Texas program for families takes place Wednesday through Saturday twice a month at The Family Building located at 4901 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597.
The hotel is easily accessible from two airports which serve the island:
Harlingen, Texas (50 minutes, by car) www.flythevalley.com
Valley International Airport (HRL) is the largest airport in the Rio Grande Valley. Website includes information on ground transportation to South Padre Island.
Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport (BRO). Website includes information on ground transportation to South Padre Island.
Origins does not provide transportation to or from area hotels and airports. We recommend that you rent a vehicle for your private use. However, there are area shuttles and bus lines available to you. The airport websites provide information on ground transportation. Additional resources are: