Addiction rips apart families. Family activities, dinners and holidays often fall prey to a member’s substance abuse. Silence, shouting and tears become the normal modes of communication, and members begin to isolate more and more. Your loved one’s substance use effects everyone in the family, and you might find yourself distracted at work, thinking about it in the car, having trouble sleeping and even arguing with other family members that share your concerns. It’s devastating. We understand. We’ve been there.
SOBA College Recovery believes in the primacy of family. Therapy, safe housing, fun activities and getting an education are crucial aspects of our program and help improve the lives of our clients, but maximum recovery happens with family involvement and restoration. We help families heal so that all members can return to their daily routines without distractions.
SOBA College Recovery offers a two-part family program every Thursday. In the first group, we educate family members about boundaries, expectations and the process of treatment. The second group is a multi-family group, where ground rules are set, confidentiality is explained, and everyone gets to know each other. Families realize that they are not along, because they meet others who have dealt with an addicted child. A weekly psychoeducation lesson is followed up by individual sharing and support. Families get to know each other over the course of several months, and they end up listening, talking, laughing, crying and rooting for each other. It is a community of families.
SOBA College Recovery’s Family Program is run by Frank Greenagel, one of the most well-known social workers and drug counselors in America. He is a Rutgers professor and Army medical officer who has been running family groups for over 12 years. The program is co-facilitated by Steve Siebelts, a school social worker who has also been running family groups for many years. They explain and model healthy forms of communication, and provide a safe space for families to heal old wounds and practice their new ways of living.
SOBA College Recovery is here to help your family heal. We’ve been through it. We know it can get so much better. Let us help you.