12 Step Programs for Families

 

The Family Program

The Family Program at Renaissance Ranch is a counseling program designed to help family members learn about the family disease of addiction and the specific components of chemical dependency and codependency.

Wednesday Night Family Only Group From 6-9

Family members are required to attend at least one Al-Anon meeting a week, obtain a sponsor in the program and work the 12 steps on codependency. The Al-Anon Family Groups have been helping families for approximately 60 years deal with the affects of chemical dependency and codependency which is at the core of recovery and healing. In addition, family members can also attend the Addiction Recovery Program offered by the LDS Church which is a support group to assist addicts and their families.

 

Required to Attend at Least 1 12 Step Group Meeting

The Family Systems Model and the work of Virginia Satir are the basis of our philosophy in education and are consistent with the Al-Anon program’s approach and explanation of the family disease model. Looking at the family as a system is imperative in addressing the problem of drug and alcohol dependence and addiction. Our philosophy explores the role everyone in the family plays in the disease.

 

Work The 12 Steps On Codependency

We offer a five month education program that allows family members to explore their emotional lives and find ways to improve their awareness of and ability to focus on their need for recovery. This education and increased awareness allows family members to more effectively interact with their loved one who is dealing with chemical dependency

 

Obtain An Al-Anon Sponsor

Al-Anon has a slogan that says, “We didn’t cause it, We can’t control it, and We can’t cure it, We did, however, contribute to it so let’s work on moving forward and contributing in a more positive and effective way.” This type of focus and perspective allows the family to move together toward a more peaceful and connected way of dealing with all aspects of life. This emotional healing approach directly affects an individual’s and a family’s spiritual health and wellbeing in a positive way.

 

Optional – Can Also Attend the LDS Church ARP Meetings

The Family Systems Model and the work of Virginia Satir are the basis of our philosophy in education and are consistent with the Al-Anon program’s approach and explanation of the family disease model. Looking at the family as a system is imperative in addressing the problem of drug and alcohol dependence and addiction.  Our philosophy explores the role everyone in the family plays in the disease.

 

We offer a five month education program that allows family members to explore their emotional lives and find ways to improve their awareness of and ability to focus on their need for recovery.  This education and increased awareness allows family members to more effectively interact with their loved one who is dealing with chemical dependency. 

 

Al-Anon has a slogan that says, “We didn't cause it, We can't control it, and We can’t cure it, We did, however, contribute to it so let’s work on moving forward and contributing in a more positive and effective way.”  This type of focus and perspective allows the family to move together toward a more peaceful and connected way of dealing with all aspects of life.  This emotional healing approach directly affects an individual’s and a family’s spiritual health and wellbeing in a positive way. 

After collaboration with the client and his/her primary counselor, we invite family members to attend. There is no additional cost for family members to participate in our family program.

 

The Family Retreat

As part of the therapeutic process in our Family Program at Renaissance Ranch, we offer the Family Retreat that takes place over three days and enables family members to experience their own treatment process and increase self awareness and emotional healing.

Our Family Retreat begins with an orientation and introductions on Thursday night. There is a question and answer period during that time for family members to receive more information about what they can expect during the retreat.
Friday, families will be educated about the family systems model of addiction and codependency.  They are introduced to alumni from our family group who have been working on their own recovery and will share their experience, strength and hope.  We include some experiential exercises to deepen the impact of this work. 
Saturday, family members will address their personal awareness issues from the day before and work with a therapist to process through and gain personal strength and commitment to continue to move forward in their personal healing. 

The conclusion of the weekend includes two really vital sessions.  The first is a forgiveness and amends workshop that focuses on identifying resentment, bitterness and emotional wounds.  We guide family members through exercises using Steps 8 and 9 that foster opportunities to begin the process to grieve, heal and forgive those situations and people who have hurt them and to being the process of making amends to those they have hurt.  The second session is a gratitude process group that assists family members in learning how to use gratitude lists and journals to help them experience gratitude as an essential tool of emotional healing and spiritual growth and intimacy with themselves, God and others.

 

The Family Retreat experience will address several topics relevant to each participant’s personal recovery.  The topics we discuss include but are not limited to the following:

 

The 12 steps and how to get involved in a support group.

 

Codependency and its many faces and aspects and how to treat it.

 

The disease concept of shame and how it impacts the family.

 

Journaling, Bibliography, Spirituality and the 12 steps, and Character Defects and the nightly inventory.

 

A group therapy session in which participants will have the opportunity to experience their own personal growth and healing.

 

Our hope is that as family members participate in our Family Program, they will start on a path of recovery for themselves separate from and independent of their loved one’s situation.  This emotional healing allows the family to move together toward a more peaceful and connected way of dealing with all aspects of life.