Intensive Family Program

Intensive Family Program
Newport Academy recognizes the importance of family participation in treatment as being critical to the success and recovery of our residents. 

Newport Academy offers the most comprehensive Family Program in the US. In addition to two family intensive workshops, Newport Academy offers a Family Day on Saturdays along with Individual Family Therapy throughout the week. At Newport Academy families receive comprehensive family therapy that far exceeds other treatment centers.

Upon admission families are given the Newport Academy Family Packet which includes the Parent Guidelines as well as introductory literature.

Download the program schedules: Parent Intensive | Weekend Schedule

On the first Friday after admission, Parents are required to attend the Parent Intensive Family Day which is 6 hours of education, experiential activities and process groups.

Parents are educated about trauma and substance abuse as a family disease and are introduced to core concepts such as detachment, enabling and codependency. The specific agenda for this intensive program is developed based on the needs of each particular family. In the case of blended families both step-parents will attend. In most cases this is a 1:1 experience in which parents work with the Clinical Director and other treatment professionals to address specific issues to the family.

On the second Saturday the entire family (parents and siblings) will begin attending the Family Program.

The Saturday Family Program starts in the morning with a parent-only meeting. After the meeting families receive an educational presentation from one of Newport Academy’s many professionals. These scholars include Dr. David Smith, Chair of Addiction Medicine, presenting on the Teenage Brain Development; Dr. James Tobin, a Harvard Medical School trained Clinical Psychologist, presenting Parent Teen Conflict in Communications; Paul Gillane, MFT, a Stephanie Brown based model of Families in Recovery, and other nationally recognized treatment experts such as Michele Lob, PsyD, MFT; Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD; Jeffrey Fortuna, DrPh; and Mickey Troxell, MS, CATC, CEAT II.  We all then have a big lunch together – kids, parents, and staff.  After lunch, our Clinical Director and Family Coordinator lead multi-family process groups.  At the end of each Saturday, families take time for visitation hours.

At approximately the fifth week after admission the family is invited to attend the Family Intensive Program in which all family members (parents and siblings) are required to attend.

This intensive program within a program is held on Friday (10-6) and Saturday (8-5)  and includes educational, experiential, and process-oriented didactic, dyads, and groups. During the weekend families will participate in Equine Therapy led by nationally recognized equine therapist Mickey Troxell, as well educational presentation by Dr. Cory Reich from Institute of Addiction Studies on the Disease of Addiction; Meaning & Personal Agreement; Stress, Hormonal & Neurological Change & Behavior.

Families will also have an opportunity during this weekend to not only visit with their teen but to take their teen on a 5-hour pass (providing the teen has been in treatment for a minimum of 30 days).

Following the Family Intensive Weekend, families continue to participate in the Saturday Family Program as well individual family therapy throughout remaining weeks.

Newport Academy has found that families who made the most progress were those that were willing participants in the Family Program.

Families that are equally committed to their own recovery attending all sessions of the family program, participating in individual family therapy, and attending their own AlAnon meetings a few times a week greatly increase treatment effectiveness for their teen.

In short, Newport Academy offers the most comprehensive Family Program in the Nation. a level of individual care that far exceeds industry standards. The clinical staff at Newport Academy can provide exceptional individualized treatment as a result of an exceptionally high staff to client ratio, the small size of our program, and most importantly because of our commitment to your family’s recovery.

Newport Academy Parent Intensive
TIME FRIDAY 10:00-6:00
10:00 All – Welcome – Outcome, Schedule, Rules of Respect, Share Stories
10:30 Individual Family Activity
11:00 Group Family Education: Disease Concept, Terms, Family Roles & Rules
12:00 Individual Family Activity
1:00 All Lunch
1:30 Group Process: Effective Parenting, Communications, Owning Your Power
2:30 Individual Family Activity
3:30 Group Process
4:00 Close
Family Intensive Weekend 
TIME FRIDAY 9:00-6:00 TIME SATURDAY 8:00-5:00 TIME SUNDAY 9:00-1:00
9:00 Welcome – Opening 8:00 Meet at Newport Academy 9:00 Welcome – Opening
9:30 Family Equine Assisted Therapy 8:30-
AlAnon Meeting in Community 9:30 Separate Process Group for Families and Teens. Q and A Families
11:00 Break 10:15 Breakfast Break 10:30 Break
11:15 Family Process Group 10:30 Mental Health, Meaning & Personal Agreement; Stress, Hormonal & Neurological Change & Behavior 10:45 Individual Family Experiential Activity: Acknowledgment Of One Another
12:30 Lunch 12:30 Lunch 11:45-
Closing Ceremony, Individual Family Sharing Most Significant Impact and Commitment Moving Forward
1:30 Individual Family Experiential Exercise: Communications Resentments and Respects 1:30 Multi Family Process Group 1:00-
Family Good Byes
2:30 Family Process Group 3:00-
Individual Family Therapy
4:00 Break 5:00-
Family Pass
4:15 Family Dynamics, Genealogy Family Rules & Roles 10:00 Return from Pass & Teen Process Group
Wrap Up & Closure