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Substance Abuse Family Programs

At Gateway Rehab, we understand that addiction doesn’t just affect those with substance abuse. When your loved one has a problem with substance use, it affects everyone in the family. We encourage you to be part of your loved one’s addiction treatment and recovery process.

Programming for family and loved ones will encourage you to discuss the impact that addiction has on your life and on others associated with your loved one. We want you to have a voice and a safe place where you can comfortably talk about how addiction has affected your life. We also assist with finding support groups such as Al-anon and Nar-anon where you will learn to take care of yourself and be a vital part of the recovery process. 

Our dedicated team of clinicians believe that recovery for the patient is enhanced greatly by a healthy family. You can finally put your ‘substance abuse recovery centers near me’ searches to rest. Contact Gateway Rehab today to learn more about the family programs we offer. 

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Over the last two decades, addiction has become a true epidemic facing our country. In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services went as far as declaring it a public health emergency. The need for opioid, heroin, and substance use treatment has never been greater. 

Substance use disorder is a family disease. That’s why family programming at Gateway Rehab is for any family member or loved one, which could include close friends, partners, or anyone that is supportive of a patient’s recovery. We provide a variety of group settings in which those affected by addiction can come together to share their stories and learn critical communication skills. You can have sessions with you and your loved one, or participate in group interactions and discussions with other patients and their family members.

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Our family programming model is built on education, support, and participation. When the whole family comes together to talk about how their loved one’s addiction has affected them, it starts important conversations about the nature of addiction, and how to help support your loved one on their recovery journey. 

Some of the topics we cover include:

  • The disease of addiction
  • Family and communication
  • Enabling, boundaries, and codependency
  • Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and other 12-step recovery groups
  • Denial and defense mechanisms
  • Relapse prevention
  • Understanding the treatment process
  • Overdose prevention and medication-assisted treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is addiction?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) the definition of addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without addiction treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. Addiction is characterized by: 

  • An inability to consistently abstain
  • Impairment in behavioral control
  • Cravings
  • Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors/interpersonal relationships
  • Dysfunctional emotional response

How common is substance use disorder?

Approximately 18.7 million U.S adults are reported to have a substance use disorder. This means that one in every 12 adults are struggling with addiction.

How many people enroll in a substance abuse treatment program?

Out of the roughly 20.7 million people ages 12 and up who need treatment for a substance use disorder, only 4 million actually received treatment. Unfortunately, many people suffering from addiction face financial barriers to care, and are ashamed to seek out help due to the lingering, harmful stigma associated with addiction.  

What are the steps involved in addiction treatment?

Here at Gateway Rehab, we have a 5-step approach to substance abuse treatment:

  • Detoxification
  • Behavioral counseling
  • Medication
  • Evaluation & treatment
  • Long-term follow-up