Family Services

There are several ways we can help

Free First Step Resources

We are dedicated to developing easy-to-use, no cost “First Step Resources.”

First Step Resources are beginning points. They are radically simple to do. They help you figure what you need to know.

Questions & Consultations

Not everyone knows what to do next. Addiction scrambles a family. Sorting things out isn’t always easy.

Sometimes it requires starting with a professional consultation. It’s very beneficial to have a detailed conversation with a clinical interventionist. One who is experienced in addiction treatment. These are serious professionals. They know the big picture and the small details.

Visit the consultation page.

Love First Clinical Intervention

Some families know right away that they need an intervention now. Others come to that realization over time. Either way, these pages provide the information that helps families move forward when intervention is the right next step.

Love First Intervention  (get the big picture)

Let’s Get Started (what we need to know, what we need to do).

People with Specific Needs (is our addicted loved one in one of these categories).

Meet Our Team (knowing why an interventionist deserves to work with our family).

Structured Family Recovery®

When treatment ends, a family’s greatest worries begin. Will she relapse?  We need to conquer relapse now and that requires family.

For decades, families have been told to step aside. That has not worked out well. As families, we’ve been living with the problem; now we’re going to be part of the solution.

Structured Family Recovery® (SFR) has harnessed what keeps doctors sober long-term and made it work for families. It’s simple, and it’s transformative.

SFR meetings take place on the telephone using conference calls. You can be anywhere. You don’t need to drive to appointments. You don’t need to find childcare. You don’t even need to put on make-up. In fact, you can be in your pajamas.

Families just dial-in from anywhere in the country. The family solution works over time because it is simple but effective. The whole SFR program is published in the book It Takes a Family.

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In the early months of recovery, staying sober is difficult. The brain is still craving the drug – whether it’s alcohol, marijuana, heroin, Xanax, or cocaine. Recovery is still new, and it takes working a recovery program over time before the cravings begin to subside. That’s why monitoring – random drug testing – is key. Addicted doctors are monitored with random drug tests, which tells us how important it is to success.

Monitoring sets up accountability. When a craving to use or drink hits, the next thought is about getting caught in a drug test. Family members can resign from being the “police,” knowing that if their loved one does relapse, the testing will catch it before long.

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Recovery begins when treatment ends, and there can be a bump in the road at this point. The person leaving treatment is now on his own. So many people don’t build the kind of solid recovery program that keeps people sober long-term. Mentoring designs for lasting sobriety.

Recovery mentors are in recovery themselves and have been trained to work with someone in the early weeks after treatment to get their recovery program up and running. They help the addicted person find a home group, get a sponsor, start working the steps, get a service position. They also assist in getting all of the aftercare recommendations from the treatment center in place. Recovery mentors focus on building a recovery program quickly. Without a recovery program, the risk of relapse is high.

We also have clinical recovery mentors. These are skilled addiction therapists who also have long-term recovery. They work with people coming out of treatment who have co-occurring issues, such as mental health problems, which make early recovery from addiction more challenging. Clinical recovery mentors can navigate both co-occurring disorders and addiction, helping to create a thorough recovery program and set up all other needed services.

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