Family Program for Addiction
in Cincinnati, Ohio 

Unlike other recovery centers, Hotel California by the Sea offers an intimate monthly family program for present and past clients and their families to attend. This program is designed specifically to help the loved ones of people recovering from addiction in our inpatient treatment facility and outpatient program educate themselves on addiction, understand the person struggling with substance abuse issues, repair broken relationships with their loved ones, and protect themselves. 

Together, families, clients, and staff members gather once a month in our family program. Together, they learn more about the disease of addiction and how to best support each other in the aftermath of a substance use disorder.  

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Support systems are an integral part of someone’s recovery from substance abuse issues. Someone with a substance use disorder must prioritize creating and retaining a healthy peer group that approves of their sober lifestyle and wants to see the person in recovery succeed. 

At Hotel California by the Sea, we place great emphasis on clients establishing this support network in our care and after they discharge.  

Family Program Details:

  • Held the last Friday of every month from 8:30am – 3:00pm. 
  • Open to family members and loved ones ages 16 and over. 
  • Contact Hotel California by the Sea about the location of the Family Program

Family Program Features 

Our Family Program is held once a month. The Family Program is built upon a few principles and goals. One of these goals is to help clients and their family members thoroughly understand chemical dependency and substance use disorders. 

Addiction Education 

By understanding the biology of substance use disorders in our Family Program, families may make more sense of their loved one’s addiction and actions. Those who are suffering from a substance use disorder more often than don’t realize they are causing such pain to their family and friends. Of course, the pain inflicted on families at the hands of addiction is typically not personal. Still, as an outsider looking into someone’s addictive world, it can sometimes be hard to decipher the addict’s thought process. 

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Another cornerstone of the Family Program is acceptance. The acceptance portion of the family program involves HCBTS staff members helping clients accept their loved one’s disease and acknowledging that addiction is a disease of someone’s entire family unit. Accepting chemical dependency as a family illness will grow the relatives’, spouses’, and friends’ personal awareness. Through acceptance, people can see where they began to enable their loved one’s addiction or neglect taking care of themselves.  

Express Yourself

The Family Program at Hotel California by the Sea is a place of honesty open communication. Led by a trained therapist or other clinical staff member, groups at the Family Program are structured and kept flowing in a constructive direction. The Family Program is a safe place to express yourself honestly and openly once a month to your loved one and other family members affected by their loved one’s addictions. 

The Family Program is a place where you can ask questions about addiction and about the experiences of other families affected by their loved one’s substance use disorder without judgment. You can receive support at Hotel California by the Sea’s Family Program for how addiction has affected or is currently affecting you and your other family members.  

Help your loved one understand the impact their addiction has had on you and the family unit. 

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Commit to a Continuing Recovery Program

In the Family Program, you inevitably involve yourself with other people who have chemically-dependent family members. However, we also encourage family members to continue with professional help and participation in a Twelve Step program such as Al-Anon, Al-Ateen, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Co-Dependents Anonymous.  

In our monthly program, you can learn more about these support groups and how you can further support yourself in coping with your loved one’s substance abuse issues. 

Learn Coping Skills

Our clients aren’t the only ones who need help learning how to cope with uncomfortable emotions. Family members of addicts and alcoholics are also sometimes faced with new and deeply distressing situations during their loved one’s active addiction that they aren’t sure how to handle. Families can also feel hurt, abandoned, or confused regarding their loved one’s addictions. They may find themselves at a loss for how to manage their feelings, too. 

Our ongoing family meetings will touch upon how to healthily manage your feelings and communicate effectively with other members of your family and your loved one with an addiction. 

 Addiction Education

Addiction education is an ever-growing field of research. In recent years, researchers have discovered a compelling amount of research about addiction and its environmental and biological causes. Substance Use Disorders, or SUDs, are classified as a mental health condition and now considered a disease. SUDs range in severity based on several factors, one of which has to do with inherited genetics. 

Biological Aspects

There are multiple theories as to what may contribute to addiction. Still, one of the largest of these considered causes is genetic predisposition. In the Family Program at HCBTS, Ohio, you’ll learn more about the biological aspects of addiction and what happens when someone becomes psychologically or physically dependent upon a drug. 

You may also learn about genetics as a possible contributor to the development of your loved one’s substance use disorder or chemical dependency. By equipping yourself with this knowledge, you may better understand your loved one’s feelings and actions and how to not take these personally. 

Environmental Causes

Suppose the addicted person has experienced trauma at any period of their life. In that case, this could be a viable contributor to their addiction – and one that most certainly wasn’t their fault. 

Those who have suffered from sexual abuse or physical abuse, witnessed violence, fought in a war, experienced a traumatic death, or endured another distressing experience may have a mental health condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

PTSD is strongly correlated with the eventual emergence of a substance use disorder. Many veterans and abuse survivors struggle with drug or alcohol addiction or other behavioral addictions. 

Co-Occurring Disorders 

One of our specialties at Hotel California by the Sea is treating a client’s co-occurring disorder, such as PTSD (mentioned above), while simultaneously providing them with substance abuse treatment. Co-occurring disorders, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, can all contribute to the development of a substance use disorder, or vice versa. If all of someone’s mental health conditions aren’t treated simultaneously while in rehab, there is a high risk that each mental health condition could continuously aggravate the other. 

We help families understand the importance of diagnosing and treating all of a client’s mental health conditions and addressing their struggles. 

Support From Other Families

Many families who attend our Family Program for drug and alcohol addiction at Hotel California by the Sea claim that one of the most special things about the family program is the ability to relate to others families in the same situation. 

The Family Program at HCBTS is a place where family members can share their feelings without judgment and get support (or give support) to other families plagued by addiction. 

Repair Broken Relationships 

Another special result of the Family Program at HCBTS is its abilities to help clients and their loved ones repair relationships that once became messy with pain and resentment. We help clients and their families move past interpersonal damage and achieve individual and conjoined growth. 

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The Family Program can undoubtedly help clients and their loved ones repair strained or broken relationships that faltered in part or entirely due to their addiction. 

The Importance of Familial Involvement in Addiction Treatment

Although sobriety is ultimately a client’s responsibility to maintain, a healthy and robust support network is also a vital part of making sobriety even more appealing to them.  

Many clients even engage in drug or alcohol rehab because their loved ones have been so supportive and encouraging. 

Families are strong webs of deep and often lifelong interpersonal connections. When these relationships are mended and improved, the members’ relationships with themselves also tend to improve. Familial involvement in addiction treatment helps everyone

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Find Inpatient and Outpatient Addiction Treatment In Ohio

Hotel California by the Sea is a world-renowned treatment center specializing in treating men, women, and young adults with substance use disorders and other co-occurring health issues. We offer multiple levels of care to clients in the Cincinnati area to choose from depending on your needs. 

We want family members to learn about addiction and realize that their loved one’s actions aren’t their fault nor in their control. However, we also want to equip family members with tools to manage their own feelings and cope with their chemically-dependent loved one’s actions and emotions. We know how hard it is to watch someone you love struggle with addiction, so we’ve developed the proper program to help you heal and build a better life for yourself. 

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