Our Family program is designed to educate and promote healthy-interaction between parents and their sons. Parents are a significant part of the treatment process and contribute to residents’ emotional growth. The family must be willing to recognize their co-dependencies and what part they play in this process. Family groups are counselor-guided. During presentations, a discussion about the disease of addiction, co-dependency, and family-roles takes place. This sparks questions and interaction between parents and counselors, and education unfolds.
Our Family Program is held the first Sunday of every month at 10:00 a.m. at the Rule 62 Café adjacent to Little Creek Lodge. The family program is conducted by Little Creek staff members, along with a monthly rotation of guest speakers. We have hosted speakers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Tennessee, and Washington.
The second half of the program takes place within the lodge, where we hold group with both residents and parents. Here is where unearthing of the family takes place—when the guided interaction between Mom, Dad, and Son reveals true intentions and motives. The forum becomes intimate, and by that I mean, “Into me you see”. Residents should become more transparent with each passing month, becoming vulnerable (not defensive or secretive) and more trusting in the recovery process and dialogue that takes place in this group. Parental attendance strongly is encouraged. We believe it is vital for parents to learn the language of recovery and 12-Step philosophies in order to effectively communicate with their sons.