Family Program

at Serenity Lane


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"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."


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.


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 family members who wish to VISIT residential patients at our Coburg campus:

  • Family members wishing to visit patients are required to be enrolled in the weekend Family Program. Other visitors are restricted unless they have permission from the clinical team.

    View compete visiting Information here. »


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: