Family ProgramCeDAR’s family program provides education and support for any family member with a loved one struggling with substance abuse. Addiction is a disease that is destructive to your entire family. It can rob each individual of their identity, create dysfunctional behaviors, and damage relationships. Family members often blame themselves or try to control an addict’s behavior. CeDAR’s Family Week workshop gives you guidance and education, including:

  • Predictors of success in recovery
  • The disease of addiction
  • Reducing your emotional burden
  • Full continuum of care
  • Family systems and roles
  • Codependency
  • PAWS – Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Spirituality
  • Al-Anon and 12-step recovery
  • Trauma and addiction
  • Boundaries
  • Rebuilding trust
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Vulnerability and shame

CeDAR’s family week happens once per month to help you and your family learn about your loved one’s addiction and recovery for yourself. This 5-day program is scheduled for Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone, 16 years old and up, can participate in CeDAR Family Week. Family Week is also open to the public.

Please contact CeDAR family program educator Stephanie Johnson, M. Ed, LCSW, by email at Stephanie.Johnson@uchealth.org to learn more about Family Week!

What Can I Do to Help My Loved One Recover?

You can provide them the opportunity to seek treatment for themselves. What you can do for yourself is learn how to hold your boundaries about spite of their substance use. CeDAR’s Family Week workshop can give you the necessary support and education to take care of yourself, no matter what your loved one does.

Will My Loved One Be Cured After they Attend Treatment?

The “cure” isn’t what you might think. Like any chronic disease, addiction requires dedicated recovery to keep in remission. You can learn about the disease of addiction during Family Week. You’ll also find support from other family members who also have addicted loved ones.

Why Do I Need Help if I’m Not an Addict?

Addiction in the family usually affects everyone involved. Each person deserves to get help in restoring their mental and emotional health. CeDAR’s family week is about you and your family. Your addicted loved one already has the support of a treatment team. You deserve a support team of your own.

Dealing with Past Mistakes

People with substance use disorder often have trouble coping with guilt associated with the pain caused by their addiction. Family members of people with substance use disorder also experience their own kind of guilt. During CeDAR Family Week, your family will explore the concept of guilt and how it keeps families sick. You will learn how to take accountability for past mistakes without letting guilt cloud your judgment.

Freeing yourself from the weight of any shame or guilt you are carrying can only strengthen the sobriety of your loved one and help you learn from your mistakes.

Addiction never goes away; it is never cured. Substance use disorder will always need to be managed. Once you’re an addict, there is no such thing as casual drug or alcohol use. Recovery is only achieved by fully abstaining from the substances that are harming you.