WHO WE ARE Healing Families

To understand you, we need to hear your whole story.
The beginning of that story is your family.

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BIOLOGICAL FAMILY. CHOSEN FAMILY. CLOSE FRIENDS.

We all come from somewhere. We want to know where you started so we can help you get to where you want to go. We also want to include anyone close to you in the treatment process. If you want them there, we want them there. Evidence shows that when family, friends, and spouses participate, outcomes improve.

If you’re seeking treatment for yourself, we encourage you to invite the people in your immediate support network to learn about and understand the recovery process, so they can better support you while you’re at Beacon House, and they’re ready to help you manage your recovery when you begin the next phase of your journey.

If you’re seeking treatment for a family member, friend, or loved one, we invite you to learn, grow, and change along with them. The changes they make during treatment have a greater chance of lasting if the people in their immediate support network make changes, too. The changes may be major, or they may be minor, depending on your circumstances. However, your willingness to change – in whatever degree – in order to support your loved one increases their chance of sustained recovery. It’s also a concrete way of committing to your positive role in their lives. Simply showing up for them during their time of need can change everything.

FAMILY SYSTEMS THEORY

Your past and your future intersect in one place and time: exactly where you are today.

That’s where – and when – family systems theory comes in.

The idea behind family systems theory is that each individual exists as part of an interrelated system of intimate relationships that involve many people. We call this system of relationships a family. The dynamics of the family affect the development and behavior of each individual in the family group. Therefore, the behavior an individual develops – including behavior such as the disordered use of alcohol and drugs – is influenced by the dynamic of the family in which the individual grew up or within which the individual currently lives.

The more you, your family, and our staff understand your family dynamic, the better we can support you in making the behavioral changes essential to sustained recovery.

THE POWER TO CHANGE

We invite families to learn as much as they can about the treatment process and what it means to be in recovery. If your loved one enters treatment at Beacon House, we encourage you to participate in our Saturday Family Workshop. During Family Saturdays, we ask you to examine – perhaps for the first time – your role in their alcohol and/or drug use. You’ll answer two questions:

How have I enabled this behavior?
How can I help heal this behavior?
Breakthrough moments happen when family members answer these questions in an open, honest, and direct manner. But the truth of what we teach on family Saturdays goes beyond that: we teach our patients and families to be open, honest, and direct while simultaneously being loving, kind, and supportive.

That’s the real trick to getting everyone on the same page and moving toward the same goal.

When everyone knows the goal, understands the plan to achieve that goal, and has a clear idea of what they can do to help you achieve your goal – sustained, lifelong recovery – then your chance of success increases dramatically.

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