Substance use disorders do not just affect the person suffering from the disorder. Substance use disorders are a family disease that overwhelms the family system and seriously harms its individual members.
At Tully Hill, we know about the impact of substance use disorders on families. We also know that treating family members impacted by substance use disorders can and does heal them by empowering them to live healthy, productive lives, individually and together.
We engage families at the start of treatment, educating them about substance use disorders’ causes and effects, about treatment for them, and about the recovery challenges they present. Mutual support plays a crucial role in the people suffering from substance use disorders and their family’s healing and continued well-being.
Throughout our family education and treatment process, family members learn to focus on themselves and how they can make positive changes to meet their personal needs. From time spent with our Family Program counselors at admission, to family conferences held during treatment, to interaction with our Family Program counselors during our all-day Family Day program, families learn how to handle the difficult conversations that address the anger, frustration, fear, and anxiety, the shame and guilt, the emotional and economic burdens, as well as the job losses and financial stress that substance use disorders cause.
Our Family Program goal is to restore the family stability and love.
Participating in our program provides family members with the help and support they need in realizing that goal. Our program achieves the following objectives for families whose member suffers from a substance use disorder:
➢ The reframing of family members’ relationships and interactions with each other, including the family member with a substance use disorder
➢ The improvement in communication between and among family members and an the family member with a substance use disorder
➢ The rebuilding of trust and confidence among family members and the family member with a substance use disorder, leading to greatly reduced emotional and economic burdens
➢ Learning what relapse is, how to recognize the signs of it and how to intervene early in any relapse process
➢ Learning and accepting the importance of participating in the continuing care plan of the family member with a substance use disorder, including involvement with self-help programs like Al-Anon
We also provide twice-a-week visitation sessions that reinforce the establishment of trust and healthy communication with families and their family member with a substance use disorder. Our visitation details include the following:
- Visitations are limited to the patient’s spouse, significant other, siblings, parents, grandparents, children
- A maximum of 3 adults may visit at any given time, no limit to children visitors
- Patients are responsible for completing the visitor request form, treatment team reviews for approval
Patients are not allowed to receive candy, magazines, books or food. All items brought to the patient must be pre-approved and checked at the front desk before. Individuals found passing items to patients that have not been checked are in violation of facility contraband policies and will immediately be asked to leave and then barred from future visitation.
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