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Family Programming


Family Program for Addiction

Addiction Affects the Entire Family

Our Family Program at Hannah’s House is built on the understanding that not only is the patient feeling hopeless, scared, and frustrated, but so are her friends and family members. Loving someone with a substance use disorder means waiting by the phone late at night for news on her safety.

Family members may also face toxic, hostile arguments upon suggesting that their loved one seek help. These confrontations keep the entire family in turmoil.

Our clinical philosophy at Hannah’s House is based on the understanding that addiction is a family disease. Effective, compassionate care of the entire family can heal longstanding emotional divides and help put everyone on the path back to wellness.

Our addiction professionals are firmly committed to:

  • Helping you understand your loved one’s addiction
  • Helping your entire family heal

The Hannah’s House Family Program for addiction is a multiday immersion experience that delves into the disease of women’s addiction and how it affects the whole family. Our clinicians guide patients and their families to examine the dynamics that may be supporting the addictive disease. No one should feel alone on the path to recovery.

Our Family Program for Addiction provides

  • Therapeutic, family-oriented support in a safe and confidential group setting
  • Open discussions in a supportive, safe environment
  • Tools to regain a sense of healing and abundance
  • Guided communication between loved ones and their family members
  • Healthy coping skills to deal with the challenges of recovery

The Hannah’s House Family Program provides a foundation for lifelong support and is offered free of charge to all families of our patients.

Why a Multiday Family Program?

Once residential treatment begins, family and friends may initially feel a sense of relief. The questions regarding how the family initially arrived at the place of addiction disappear as panic and chaos subside. However, a critical second intervention on the family system must be started because without including the entire family in the healing process, the patient’s opportunity for ongoing recovery diminishes significantly.

Family Involvement Is Encouraged and Welcomed

Initial responses to family intervention usually vary as some individuals are surprised or shocked that their family has been singled out as having a problem with addiction. Others may be angry and resistant to examine their own roles, patterns, and contributions to the family’s overall health.

It is crucial that all family members understand that their involvement is welcome and that they deserve care and recovery as well. Conjoint sessions, education, and multi-family groups are offered and help to foster a sense of empowerment and healthy communication.


Multiday Family Programming

Our Family Program for addiction can serve as a guiding force during recovery. We enable each family to restore healthy methods of communication, elements of self-care, levels of trust, and degrees of intimacy for each person within the family unit. Participation in the intensive Hannah’s House Family Program for addiction is multiday by design and critical to long-term recovery. It takes time to unpack the ripple effects of your loved one’s addiction. The benefits of this deep work are far-reaching and can positively impact future generations.

Progressive by Design

During our multiday program, daily insights gained gradually build upon each other. Consecutive daily attendance in the Hannah’s House Family Program provides each member with the resources and tools needed to identify the ways they have been affected by their loved one’s addiction. Each session is facilitated by Hannah’s House family counselors who specialize in dealing with the complex issues of addiction. The overall experience is highly engaging.

Work Together to Develop a Plan

The comprehensive and effective, multiday family experience is designed to assist our patients and their family members to develop a continuing care plan that fits their unique family’s needs. This plan will link safe passage from inpatient treatment to successful, long-term recovery.

Some Frequently Asked Questions The Multiday Family Program for Addiction at Hannah’s House

How did our family arrive at this crisis?
Denial and enabling are two chief symptoms of the family disease of addiction or alcoholism. Until a crisis emerges, some of us may pass the blame to our loved ones and deny our own participation in addictive behaviors.
How can I best support my loved one during recovery?
As we learn about healthy coping strategies through honest conversations and interactions with other families, we become better equipped to face what is going on in our own families. We develop productive skills that address our needs and learn new ways to support and empower our loved ones.
What is addiction?
Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease. It is characterized by dysfunction in the brain that leads to a pathological, obsessive pursuit of relief and/or reward by substance use and other unhealthy behaviors.
Why focus on me? I am not one with a substance use problem.
Our clinical belief is that each family member has been impacted by addiction.
Why is group therapy a part of the process?
By exploring the family dynamics of other systems, we are able to ask questions as well as share our feelings and thoughts more openly. With the absence of anger, resentment, fear, and sadness, we can see how objective, vulnerable dialogue assists each woman and her family in understanding the many different perspectives of this disease.
Why do I have to come?
Your personal involvement, commitment, and engagement in this multiday therapeutic process directly affects the outcome of your loved one’s treatment and helps you heal.
Which days are the most important to attend?
Each day is important as it builds upon the previous one. The process is progressive by design. We require you to commit to full participation for every consecutive day to maximize your benefit while minimizing disruption to other participants.
How can I get access to a team member if I have a problem?
Feel free to call us with any questions at any time. 866-952-5532