Addiction to alcohol or other drugs is an illness that has a profound effect on both the individual and his or her family members. An addicted person's life becomes progressively more self-destructive. Because the illness is insidious, the alcoholic/addict's life is affected physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, the entire family is usually caught up in the destructive progression of the disease. Living with an alcoholic /addict can be a chaotic, unpredictable experience. Serenity Lane incorporates family programs in all its treatment modalities.
FAMILY PROGRAM FOCUS
Serenity Lane offers education and support for family members and others who are significant to the person addicted to alcohol and other drugs. We encourage family members or significant others/friends of our patients to attend the program to learn how the disease has affected them.
The Family Program includes lectures and films about various dynamics of the disease, group education sessions, discussion groups, and other activities. Discussion group sessions allow participants to share their feelings and concerns about how the disease has affected them. Educational groups help participants understand their own powerlessness and inability to manage the disease. Patients and family members communicate about how the disease has affected each of them with the goal of starting the process of healing.
The focus is on family roles and improving communication skills. Lectures, readings, small and large group discussions and role-playing activities help participants develop skills and tools they can use in everyday life.
IMPORTANT NOTICE to any family members or friends who wish to visit the residential patients at our Coburg campus:
- All family and friends will be required to attend orientation and weekend programming before visiting with the patients.
- No one will be allowed through the gate before or during visiting hours unless he or she has attended the family orientation and/or the family program that day.
- Upon arrival on campus, you must attend a mandatory 15 min orientation. Go straight into this orientation the moment you are checked in either by front reception or in the family center. The orientation will begin promptly at 9:00am in the cafeteria. For our patient's safety, you will be informed about what is and is not allowed on campus and we will cover all the rules. Any packages brought in for patients must be left with reception so that staff can check them thoroughly before giving them to the patients.
- No RV's are allowed on campus due to space issues.
AL-ANON and NAR-ANON Participation
We encourage family members to attend their local Al-Anon or Nar-Anon
meetings for continuing support. Unlike AA or NA, Al-Anon and Nar-Anon
are strictly for the family members of alcoholics/addicts. At these
meetings members share their experience, strength and hope with
others who have similar difficulties. Support and often-times lifelong
friendships are forged during these critical passages in a family's
struggle with addiction. Your local phone book will have listings
for Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.
For Family & Friends: Al-Anon & Alateen:
Nar-Anon Family Groups: