Family Inclusive Drug Rehab Program For Treatment Of Substance Abuse Issues
Addiction is a disease that does not contain itself to the addict or alcoholic. Family members are often affected in devastating ways emotionally, economically, and mentally. Addicts exhaust all those around them with persistent crises, manipulations, incarcerations and emotional hostage taking. In the end, family members may even find themselves in emotional conditions similar to their addicted loved ones and in need of help as well.
Jacob’s Ladder offers a family inclusive drug rehab program for long term substance abuse treatment where therapy sessions and coordinated visitation is part of the plan.
Addicts are rarely autonomous and independent, but instead find their addiction perpetuated by the enabling of those who surround them. Families are often terrified about the impending doom and even death of their loved one. Enabling is often a misguided attempt to love and protect the person of concern. It is therefore ironic, and cyclical, that in their attempts to safeguard their loved one they unintentionally maintain the problem they are hoping to curtail.
It is critical that family members and loved ones become educated about the disease and their role in either perpetuating it or ending it. The enemy of addiction is an enlightened and boundaried family system. To achieve this goal, families must engage their own support network.
Rarely do families possess intrinsic knowledge of how to love and help their addict/alcoholic. As a result, they tend to implement desperate strategies in an attempt to “manage” the debacle they are witnessing. This is referred to as “enabling” behaviors because, rather than curtailing the problem, they perpetuate it. The intent is good, yet without boundaries and programs of their own, these efforts are futile at best.
The Jacob's Ladder family inclusive drug rehab program begins with the first phone call we receive from families in need. In the event that their loved ones (from adolescent to adult) are resistant to treatment, the Jacob's Ladder staff will assist in referral to interventionists to direct the process of engendering willingness to seek help. Upon admission to the Jacob's Ladder facility each family will receive individualized “action plans” based upon the clinical impressions of our admissions staff.
We insist that the success of our guests cannot be achieved optimally without familial involvement. Therefore, our families will be asked to embark on a recovery journey, parallel to, but separate from their addict or family member dealing with alcoholism. They may be asked to participate in any combination of the following; Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, meditation, systemic family counseling, psychotherapy, bibliotherapy, etc. Our “action plans” are given to families within the first two weeks of guest arrival, which precedes their suggested participation on our on-site family program.
The Jacob's Ladder "Family Amends and Healing Workshop" is an on-site and interactive workshop that is preferred by our staff and included as part of any residents’ program. Lodging accommodations are provided and coordinated. The program seeks to educate on the disease of addiction, to identify ways in which family beliefs have informed their past actions, to identify what those actions have been, and to re-frame what those actions will be going forward - long past the Jacob’s Ladder experience.
Our goal is for our families to have an “experience” while at our program which is transformative. They have lived in a fear-based prison for quite some time, not realizing that an alternative state or being is possible. How can I be “ok” or serene while my loved one is suffering so much? Am I allowed to not fret and obsess constantly?
It is our core belief that families have acted in ways they believed to be most useful and loving to their addict. It was not their desire to further the addictive process, but it is essential that they become aware of that reality. This is not a shaming realization. It is an honest accounting similar to that of a business trying to optimize its success. The family admits defeat in the same way their loved one must do, and consequently has a new prescription on how to move forward. They soon find that self-care (their own), boundaries and limits, coupled with love, are infinitely more effective than all of their previous obsessions, secrecy, etc.
For the addict, a critical component of a sustained recovery is a return to a family that is able to support and participate in an active, mindful, and healthy recovery process.
Tele-medicine and video conferencing will be used during residential stays, and a family amends and healing workshop is conducted in the third phase.
A typical agenda is outlined below: