Our family program is skill-based training for spouses, parents and family members, focused on communication, problem solving and mutual support. The service provides a case manager to help families eliminate the barriers that make participation in treatment difficult. The program emphasizes the critical role of family-centered counseling to keep everyone working in a coordinated manner to achieve sobriety and healthy family living.
The Maplegrove Family Education Program consists of three components:
- Family Education
- Family Counseling
Family Education provides six sessions, each lasting 90 minutes. Each session has clear objectives and allows time for questions and discussions. The objectives are to:
- Establish a foundation to understand addiction, its impact on families and strategies for recovery.
- Build competence amongst spouses and parents regarding communication and problem solving.
- Offer methods for coping with the pressures of life within a family system experiencing addiction.
- Promote ways to establish or restore appropriate relationships, roles, boundaries, and routines.
Advocacy is designed to proactively engage families in treatment. Methods of engagement include telephone outreach, motivational interviewing and solving barriers to treatment participation. Prompt interventions are made to reengage any patient or family who has missed a treatment session. Priorities and focus for advocates are to:
- Contact and engage families in the treatment process.
- Assist families in overcoming barriers to active participation.
- Identify appropriate services and treatment needs.
- Provide links for families that need wrap-around services.
- Monitor progress in treatment.
- Monitor attendance and act quickly to prevent drop out.
Family Counseling is provided by licensed clinicians who work with the addicted patients and families. The focus of family counseling is to:
- Assess the family system and environment.
- Individualize the treatment process.
- Develop family commitment to recovery.
- Encourage three-way, therapeutic alliance between patient, family and the program.