When young people are in crisis, family involvement in treatment and ongoing recovery is critical to success. Furthermore, family members will get involved in family therapy. With this in mind, it is key to engage in the treatment process. In addition, family involvement creates a greater likelihood that both the adolescent and the family heal. As a result, teens can recover and succeed in treatment.
At Newport Academy, family members participate in weekly therapy as well as monitored weekend group activities.
The Saturday Family Program, which is conducted every other week, includes:
- A parent-only support group meeting
- An educational presentation by an acclaimed clinical consultant in the field of substance abuse and adolescent mental health treatment
- Lunch for parents and teens
- A multi-family process group
- Free time for parents and teens to visit together.
Approximately two weeks prior to discharge, parents and siblings are welcome to attend a Family Intensive. This meaningful time includes experiential therapy sessions as a family, as well as the sharing and processing of recovery assignments, including the teen’s autobiography, timeline, and commitments—setting the stage for healthier, happier, and more connected family relationships once the teen returns home.
“Engaging parents in the treatment process and reducing the toxicity of a negative family environment can contribute to better treatment involvement, retention, compliance, effectiveness, and maintenance of gains.”
Guy Diamond, PhD, and Allan Josephson, MD, “Family-Based Treatment Research: A 10-Year Update,” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry