To the Families and Loved Ones of Those Suffering from Addiction and Alcoholism


With our years of experience treating substance abuse at our California Treatment Centers, our staff is intimately familiar with how the family of the man or woman who is drinking or abusing drugs can be torn apart.

There are the mothers and fathers who suffer through sleepless nights worrying about the well-being of their son or
daughter. There is often a spouse or significant other who has experienced the hurtful and irresponsible actions of the
man or woman whose behavior is shaped by their chemical dependency. The children of men and women who are alcoholic or
abusing drugs often exhibit mood disorders and suffer greatly because of the abuse and neglect that occurs in a home
where drugs or alcohol are being abused.

The mothers, fathers, and spouses of the men and women who arrive here in sunny Orange County, California
know that underneath the careless and hurtful actions of the substance-abusing man or woman is their child, husband,
wife, or significant other whose life is controlled by their drug of choice. The stress and hopelessness that come as
a result of caring for someone who is suffering from alcoholism or drug addiction can destroy lives.

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Taking Care of Yourself

It is very important that the family and loved ones of the person in need of addiction or eating disorder treatment
realize that they are also experiencing stress and suffering greatly as a result of the addiction. Addiction is
a disease, and there are many factors that contribute to its development. It can be highly destructive for the
family or loved ones of an addicted individual to blame themselves or feel guilt about the onslaught of this disease.

It is important that a family member reaches out to us to begin the process of recovery for
their loved one. Our team of professionals knows how to answer questions and show family members that there
is hope for their loved one who suffers from addiction. In addition to lending a caring ear, we can recommend
one of the tens of thousands of support groups that are available for the loved ones of men and women who
suffer from chemical dependency.

A Program of Recovery for the Entire Family

The treatment programs at our drug and alcohol treatment centers are designed to provide help for
the entire family system involved in the recovery process. Depending on the treatment program that is most appropriate for your
loved one, the patient may not have telephone access for the first few days to two weeks. However, the case manager and
treatment team will be in touch with the family of the man or woman in treatment immediately and often.

The clinical staff at our California drug rehab center
is here to patiently answer questions you will have about your loved
one’s recovery. We have 23 years of experience in building a strong
nationwide network of mental health professionals and therefore, have
the ability to refer you to highly regarded therapists, doctors,
psychiatrists, psychologists, and addictionologists in your area should
you seek further treatment or information. After the client’s initial
“no contact” period, the family is welcome to come to Southern
California and attend group family counseling sessions at our rehab
facilities. We feel that the family can be an integral part of the man
or woman’s long-term recovery program, and we welcome the family into
the resident’s “wheel of treatment.”

Structure and Guidance for the Loved One in Treatment

As soon as your loved one arrives here at our Southern California network of alcohol and drug treatment centers, he or
she will be screened and assessed by our intake department, and an admissions counselor will begin the process of designing
an individualized treatment program.

Every man and woman at our treatment facility has tasks that he or she must complete which help foster responsibility
and accountability. All clients are housed in gender-specific facilities, and our experience has shown that keeping all of
the men or women working together with the others in their treatment home helps them form bonds of fellowship with each
other and the staff (many of whom are in recovery themselves).

The men and women who arrive here in Orange County for drug and alcohol treatment are taught to make their beds
neatly, and start their day on a positive note. This sparks the process of building positive self-esteem.
Throughout the day, they participate in recovery-oriented activities, including physical activities that break up the
steady stream of workshops, support groups, and therapy sessions. The women and men will be required to keep their
living area clean, and wash their own laundry correctly. Other household chores help build structure and discipline into the
men and women’s lives, which greatly aids in recovery.

No More Sleepless Nights

Men and women who come to Southern California to start a new life in recovery with us will quickly clear their
minds of the drugs that are controlling their lives, and see that they must work on their recovery to begin a new life
that is greater than they could have ever imagined.

While the man or women is at our treatment center, the family can rest assured that he or she is in a safe and
supervised location without access to drugs or alcohol. The family is welcome to come to the
monthly “family program” to participate in their loved one’s
recovery program and be a part of the man or woman’s new life free of drugs and alcohol.

Recovery Begins by Calling Us Today

Contact us immediately
to speak with our admissions team. We understand that the decision to
enter a substance abuse treatment program is a difficult one, and you
and your loved ones are experiencing pain and confusion. Turning over
your recovery to the guidance and support of the excellent staff at our
treatment centers is one of the most important decisions a chemically
dependent man or woman can make. Do not hesitate to contact us for more
information, including help with preparing for drug and alcohol detoxification.

Here is another article about What to Do if your Husband or Wife is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs.