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Family Program

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As Sovereign Health understands the impact of substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders on patients and their families, we provide supportive family services including weekly family groups, family therapy and an intensive family program. These family services provide patients and their families with education, psychoanalysis and other tools and resources they need to repair and strengthen their broken relationships.

Sovereign Health offers behavioral health treatment for substance abuse, mental health and co-occurring disorders. Our licensed health care professionals and expert staff provide patients with cutting-edge treatments and interventions, individualized programs and a full continuum of therapeutic care.

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Sovereign Health integrates the family into all aspects of the treatment process with the patient’s consent. As such, family members may be engaged in all aspects of treatment, including pre-admissions, admissions, discharge and continuing care. Families are also encouraged to participate in our family groups, family therapy and the two-day intensive family program while their loved ones are in treatment at Sovereign Health. The presence and participation of family members in treatment is important, as it provides patients with great emotional and motivational support during rehabilitation and greatly reduces the risk of relapse after they have completed their program.

Family groups

Sovereign Health offers weekly family groups to help patients and their family members develop a better understanding of issues related to their substance abuse, mental health or co-occurring disorders. During family groups, the group leader provides families with psychoeducation, or education about the condition and specific issues related to the condition. Families participating in family groups are welcome to share their experiences and how they relate to specific topics.

Many families benefit from the peer support from other families in this type of setting. Patients and their families may also benefit from sharing and hearing the stories of other patients and families who are affected by a similar condition or experience and it can be reinforcing for patients and their families to see others who are in a similar situation improve.

Some of the topics discussed in the intensive family groups include:

  • Family roles and dynamics
  • Establishing appropriate boundaries
  • Enabling and codependency
  • Managing symptoms and triggers
  • Continuing care planning
  • Alumni services

Family therapy

Family psychotherapy is a type of psychological counseling offered at Sovereign Health to current patients and their families. Family therapy is useful for improving troubled family relationships, communication and conflict-resolution skills and addressing specific problems, including the impact of the substance abuse and/or mental illness on the entire family. Family therapy is useful for helping family members understand why their loved one exhibits certain behaviors as well as what they can expect while their loved one is in treatment.

During family therapy, the mental health professional can provide family members with a safe place to discuss their experiences and issues, as they relate to their loved one’s substance abuse and/or mental health. This type of therapy is beneficial to family members and patients in treatment and can greatly reduce their feelings of grief, anger, stress and/or conflict that exist among family members.

Intensive family program

Sovereign Health’s two-day intensive family program is offered monthly to patients and their family members at each treatment location. The intensive family program consists of workshops, education, therapy and support groups. These activities are interactive and directed toward maintaining and restoring broken family relationships, which can facilitate healing for everyone involved in the treatment process.

The goal of Sovereign Health’s intensive family program is to provide education to patients and their families and support positive family relationships to assist the patient in their recovery. The intensive family program includes the following elements:

  • Presentations by clinical staff
  • Personal and family goal setting
  • Reading and reflection
  • Workshops
  • Individual, group and family psychotherapy

During the family program, family members learn about mental health disorders and substance abuse and how these conditions can affect them. The intensive services provided to families are a way to provide patients and families with support and resources based on their needs. Sovereign Health also provides information about family alumni services during the intensive family program, as these are important tools offered as part of continuing care.

Family alumni services

Sovereign Health has an alumni services department that provides continuing care services to patients and their families. The family alumni services include a diverse set of support groups, workshops, events and activities that help patients and their families maintain a strong connection needed to encourage and support a solid and long-term recovery. Family alumni services at Sovereign Health provide family members with ongoing support after their loved one finishes his or her treatment program.

Alumni services include:

  • Educational workshops
  • Al-Anon meetings
  • National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) meetings
  • Annual patient and family alumni events
  • Community planned events
  • Email notifications of upcoming events and activities
  • Family and peer-to-peer support

If you would like further information about the types of services provided for patients and their families at Sovereign Health, please call us to speak with a member of our admissions team.

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