“We consider the entire family to be our client and realize the need for their recovery, too. If everyone wants the family dynamics to change, the family as a whole needs to make a commitment to recovery,” says Dr. Claudia Black, clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center and Senior Fellow at The Meadows.

Healing the Family

Family programming begins quickly after admission when family participants are strongly encouraged to engage in two private webinar sessions with a family counselor. These sessions offer an opportunity to quickly know more about the program and begin to engage in family recovery practices. The intensive five day family week program occurs at approximately the fourth or fifth week of the patients stay. This week has the potential to be life-changing for the family system. Family members engage in various learning experiences addressing family systems, trauma, addiction, psychiatric illnesses, relapse, healthy communication, and boundaries. Learning is highly experiential and family members will also participate in the patient’s community programming as well. Individual appointments are scheduled to discuss aftercare with the case manager, to meet with the psychiatrist and the primary therapist.

The benefits of Family Week include:

  • An opportunity for patients and their families to understand family-of-origin dynamics and family systems, so they can begin the healing process together.
  • The group setting – family members, patients, and a family counselor – allows for an open and honest reflection of the behavioral patterns that contributed to a patient’s unhealthy and maladaptive lifestyle.
  • Patients and their families learn how to effectively communicate, support each other emotionally, and establish appropriate boundaries.
  • Collaboration fosters the healing process and brings families closer, promoting long-term healing and recovery.
  • Each participant recognizes their individual role within the family’s recovery.

Rebuilding the Bonds

The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Arizona, provides an intensive, experientially based 45-day treatment program for young adults ages 18 – 26 who are struggling with unresolved emotional trauma, addiction, have a dual diagnosis, or who have failed past addiction treatments. Dr. Claudia Black – renowned author, speaker, and trainer who has been working with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s – is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. In a safe and nurturing community composed of their peers, young adults are guided on their journey of recovery by examining the underlying causes of addiction and co-occurring disorders. The goal is for these individuals to gain the courage to face difficult issues, including grief and loss; heal from emotional trauma; and become accountable for their own feelings, behaviors, and recovery. Visit us here or feel free to phone us at 855-333-6075.