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Families of Young Adults

ACI recognizes that the families of young adults have special needs and concerns. Families may have been going through significant problems related to their child’s addiction and have feared for their child’s physical and emotional health. The functioning of the family may have changed as a result of the addiction as addiction is a family disease. Family routines are disrupted, family rituals cease and problem-solving revolves only around the addict.

It is for this reason that all families of young adults are offered family therapy sessions with a highly trained family therapist. These sessions focus on educating the family about the disease of addiction and what to expect on the road to recovery. Recent biologic and genetic information is provided as well as psycho-education about communication skills, boundary setting, and co-dependency.

Recommended Reading for Families

  • Co-dependent No More, Melody Beattie
  • The Dance of Anger, Harriet Lerner
  • Paths to Recovery-AL-ANON's Steps, Traditions, and ConceptsAL-ANON Family Group

Families of Adults

“I firmly believe that ACI is why my son is still alive, back with our family, and back to school. As a mother my primary concern was that my son would receive compassionate care and the attention he needed to focus on his recovery. We have been through this before and I was losing hope, so was my son. It is a very lonely and dark place to be. All ACI staff, doctors, nurses, and counselors were always available when I had questions. We were able to visit and we had a family therapy session where I learned that I had to take care of myself too, without feelings of guilt. We also learned how to set limits and boundaries. At last, freedom, from the emotional pain of being part of an addicted family. My son learned the skills he needs to sustain his sobriety. He learned about the importance of maintaining sober friends and activities. He learned how to say no and change the things in his life that kept holding him back from happiness, health, and success. Thank you ACI I have my son back!”

-Sally, 43