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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 have been drinking and using drugs since I was a teenager and had no negative consequences until recently when my boss sent me to my Employee Assistance Program due to chronic lateness and absences due to my drug and alcohol use. Thank g-d that they sent me to ACI. When I got there I was really scared. I had never been to detox or rehab. The staff was so caring. When I was on the detox unit I did not feel well and the nursing staff did everything they could to make me comfortable. When I moved on to rehab I loved the counselors. The groups were great and they really understood how guilty and ashamed I felt about my life. I learned that guilt and judgment are not helpful. I learned how to think positively and how to see all that I have to live for. I owe ACI my life. Thank you all!"

-Mike, 27