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Couples, Family, and Multi-family Programs

The family is a sacred unit that is enveloped in a unique personal history, circumstances, and challenges. When one person in a family constellation suffers with addiction, each member is affected and understandably harbors a multitude of unresolved concerns and feelings. At times, it may seem as if the challenges that you face as a family are insurmountable. Please know that tremendous hope and healing await you. Research has shown that the best addiction treatment includes family treatment; each member of a family is interconnected whether or not she/he lives in the same household or resides in another state. Invisible emotional bonds exist between family members regardless of proximity or distance. We all carry members of our immediate families and our extended families in our hearts.

At Sagebrush’s Residential Campus, four unique components of the Family Therapy Program exist.

  • Family Therapy for nuclear and/or extended family members and clients
  • Couples Therapy
  • Multi-family Therapy for all clients in treatment at Sagebrush and their families
  • Psycho-educational/process family group for each client

Couples or Family Therapy

This determination is made dependent on the unique size of the family unit.

Residential Concerned Others Group

This group is held on Sundays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. Family members are educated about the disease of addiction and recovery in a format that incorporates much of the information that their loved one is processing during their residential treatment stay at Sagebrush. The goal is to help family members understand the recovery process while providing on-going support.

Multi-family Therapy

This is held exclusively on Sundays from 1:00 pm through 3:00 pm. Powerful and heartfelt interactions occur during this time, as families and designated friends bond, grow, and support the individual in recovery. Through these psycho-educational process oriented groups, families realize the universality of their experience; learn healthy communication skills; give and receive invaluable feedback from others; gain remarkable personal insight and awareness related to their family member in recovery, all the while, enveloped in the support and acceptance of others. During this time of small groups, lectures, videos and personal exercises, families learn about the disease of addiction and why it has taken them to this place. You and your family members will gain a deeper understanding of addiction and its consequences.

In addition, residents also attend a combination psycho-educational and process Family Group during the week. Together with fellow residents, they begin to explore themselves in relation to their family of origin and extended families through the generations, in an effort to gain more insight, consciousness, and inner peace.

Your commitment to your profound healing and the healing of your loved one in treatment is truly honored. Please know that the couple and/or family healing that begins, while your loved one is in residential treatment, is the first step to recovery. A fluid progression to Sagebrush outpatient treatment subsequently may occur and is highly recommended for continued recovery.

Family Visitation

Families, upon recommendation of the client’s primary therapist also have the opportunity to visit with their loved ones after the Multi-family Therapy Group, either within the lovely residence or on the lush ground that surround the residential facility. By working through hard feelings and pain, families can become healthier. Understanding what addiction is, courageously addressing the issues that are unresolved and learning new ways to communicate can bring a renewed sense of hope for the future.