Family Therapy

Addiction affects everyone – not just the person with a substance use disorder. ARCH Academy provides therapeutic services to the entire family unit to ensure that everyone can begin to heal.



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.


The four-day family intensive program, also virtual until further notice, 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.


Families can visit campus for a face-to-face session after 30 days and completion of the Family Intensive program. This will be arranged by your loved one’s therapist. For additional support, a parent alumnus will facilitate a regular online Zoom meeting that provides our families with support during this difficult process. Guest speakers are also incorporated to include alumni and professionals versed in aiding families coping with addiction.


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.

ARCH Academy is a Godsend for families struggling with addiction. They equipped him with tools he will use for the rest of his life.

As a parent, I learned how to be an influencer instead of trying to control my son’s behavior. Our whole family gained perspective on living one day at a time.

I believe with all my heart that God used ARCH to begin our healing journey. ARCH is genuine. ARCH is compassionate. We are forever grateful.

Parent of an ARCH Academy Alumnus

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