You made the right first step in getting your loved one help. Among the feelings of relief and hope, you may still be left with anger, grief, sadness, guilt, shame and frustration in relation to your child’s use. At ARCH Academy, we believe that family involvement in the treatment process benefits everyone. Through involvement in family programming, many families realize how significantly the entire family system is impacted by the substance use. Our family programming aims to educate family members on adolescent substance use, provide families a space to work on dynamics and relationships and offer support. Family involvement opportunities include individual family sessions, family intensive, multi-family groups and lunch and learn support groups.
Individual Family Sessions
Individual family sessions are facilitated weekly by your teen’s primary counselor. These sessions involve individuals in the immediate family system and the adolescent. Sessions are held in person, over the phone or via Skype. These sessions provide the family with a safe space to explore both effective and ineffective family dynamics, set goals for growth, practice open and honest communication, deepen relationships and foster understanding. These sessions are vital in helping your family move forward together and experience a smooth transition home after discharge. Counselors aim to customize the sessions for each family’s specific needs. Your primary counselor will contact you within 1-2 business days after your adolescent is admitted into treatment to schedule a session.
The four-day family intensive program is facilitated by the adolescent family therapist on the Cumberland Heights main campus. Patients and families are invited to participate during the second half of primary care. This group setting aims to provide families with support and a feeling that they are not alone. General concepts covered in the family intensive program are specific to adolescent families; and include education on addiction, family roles, parenting, boundary setting, effective communication, family recovery, healthy detachment and forgiveness. The family intensive aims to empower parents by providing them with new tools, skills and knowledge. Our hope is that the scary unknown feeling that surfaces when thinking about returning home after discharge will decrease after experiencing the family intensive. You will receive a call from the adolescent family therapist within 1-2 business days after admission with dates, scheduling and additional information.
Multifamily Group and Visitation
Families have the opportunity to visit and have lunch with their loved one on Sundays and most holidays on our main campus. We ask that visitors be immediate family. During visitation, families are required to attend the multifamily group run by a master’s level clinician. Multi-family groups involve all patients and families present for the Sunday visit and cover topics such as the 12-Steps, addiction and family recovery. Families will also attend a chapel service or a spirituality group. A state counselor will inform parents on the first Sunday they can participate in visitations.
The schedule is as follows:
|9:30AM – 10:00AM||Orientation (if this is your first time visiting)|
|10:00AM – 11:00AM||Multifamily group|
|11:00AM – 12:00PM||Chapel or Spirituality|
|12:00PM – 1:00PM||Lunch|
|1:00PM – 2:00PM||Visitation|
|If you are a first time visitor you need to arrive by 9:30. If it is not your first time you need to arrive by 10 or you will not be allowed to visit that day. If you have additional questions about Sunday visitation or permitted visitors, contact your adolescent’s primary counselor.|
Lunch and Learn Parent Support Groups
The “Lunch and Learn” parent support group is the next step in family programming for our Extended Care parents. Families that have transitioned their adolescent into extended care and completed the family intensive are invited to participate. The goal is to build upon and reinforce gains made during the primary care phase of treatment. Lunch and Learns are facilitated via Skype conference calling and take place two Fridays per month, 12PM-1PM central time. The groups are facilitated by the adolescent family therapist. The group processes Al Anon and family intensive concepts such as letting go, trusting the process, honest communication, family recovery and self-care. After you have completed the family intensive and transitioned your adolescent into Extended Care, the family therapist will contact you with dates, times and additional information
ARCH Academy places great emphasis on creating a space for therapy to work specifically with adolescent males. In doing so, evidenced based traditional approaches are integrated into treatment in order to help the resident heal and grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually.