"The Family Program helped me understand what my husband was
going through so much better. There were two sides to him - Jeff the
addict and Jeff the person. The program taught me when to give him
space, and when he needed to attend a meeting. It gave me tools to
use later on in my own life. We have been married since 1996 and have
two beautiful sons. As a clean and sober father and husband, Jeff
is wonderful and I know we wouldn't be where we are today without
Serenity Lane's Family Program."
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
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.
AL-ANON and NAR-ANONParticipation
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.