Family Programs

Family Programs

Addiction seriously affects family members and loved ones. We believe they should be offered compassionate understanding and help toward recovery as well.

Addiction seriously affects family members and loved ones. We believe they should be offered compassionate understanding and help toward recovery as well.

We recognize the significant influences families have on both the progression of the disease and the recovery process. The importance of family participation cannot be overstated, especially with adolescents and young adults.

“While our son was working on his recovery, we as family members were working on what we needed to be doing differently. The family group is a safe way to look at those things. You are sitting in a room with people who really understand what is going on. It’s really comforting to have that support.”

Cliff, Dilworth Center Family Alumnus

Family treatment consists of education and support including:

  • Family group therapy
  • Multi-family group therapy
  • Individual sessions
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Al-Anon and Nar-Anon

Parents and guardians of adolescent and young adult patients are required to attend at least one Al-Anon or Nar-Anon meeting each week. Family members of our adult patients are also strongly encouraged to participate in these support groups on a weekly basis.

Family members should expect to learn about:

Family members should

expect to learn about:

  • How the disease of addiction affects family members.
  • How family members need healing just as much as their addicted loved ones.
  • How to pursue personal healing and recovery.
  • How to engage in less uncomfortable or hostile communication patterns with addicted loved ones.
  • How to develop a strong understanding of the concepts of denial, enabling, detachment and boundaries.
  • How unhealthy coping skills could be derailing their loved one’s progress in recovery.
  • How to implement healthy behaviors to support their loved one.
  • How consistent Al-Anon meeting attendance can help even the toughest family situations.
  • How to rebuild relationships that have suffered as a result of living with the disease of addiction.

Family Program
(16/18 Weeks) 

Our family program is structured in conjunction with the patient treatment program, allowing family members and patients to work together to heal relationships that have been strained by addiction. Upon entering treatment, patients are assigned a primary counselor as well as a family counselor. Our family counselors join with family members weekly in family group, multi-family groups, individual sessions, family conjoint sessions, and phone sessions. Family members are given as much support as necessary to facilitate growth and healing.

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Dilworth Center Family Program

(The following is an email excerpt from CEO and President, Charles Odell to the Dilworth Center treatment team – January 15, 2020 )

As I’m sure many of you may recall, Dilworth Center was awarded a grant last year from the ABC Board for our Family Program. The grant was for the enhancement of the program which, in my opinion, was already outstanding and perhaps the best in town. Today, I submitted a mid-term report of our progress to the ABC Board. I had asked our Family Program staff to compile the data ABC requested. A human interest testimonial was also requested. I was so impressed with the i nformation, that I couldn’t help but share it with everyone.  I hope you will take the time to review all this. I’m sure you will be as impressed as I am.

I’d like to thank our family counselors Diane Frederick , Laura Wesson and Jordan Tadlock, who do outstanding work day in and day out. Also, thanks go out to Laura and Jordan, who worked on the report along with Jake Allen, Corinne Freer and Tammy Hanson.

(Stay tuned for a similar update on the ABC grant report for the Outcomes Measurement Program)

  • 78 psycho-educational lectures were offered to patients & family members.

  • Lectures covered 24 different topics.

  • Family groups increased from two times to three times per week.

  • 71 groups specifically geared towards family members were offered.

  • There was an average attendance of 14 people per group.

  • 145 family members participated in the family program.

  • Total attendance of 960 people over the 71 groups.

  • 95 individual/family meetings were held with counselors.

  • Approximately 300 calls to family members resulted in over 100 hours of client/counselor contact outside of family group.

Family members have access to 14 different types of support.

1) Family Interview/Evaluation prior to treatment.

2) Coaching to assist in setting boundaries and leveraging patient into treatment (at Dilworth or elsewhere)

3) Family Member Orientation to the treatment process.

4) Family Meeting with Patient and counselors near midpoint of treatment.

5) Boundaries development with a counselor

6) Completion of treatment review with family, patient, and counselors.

7) Crisis/Concerns meetings as required.

8) Three different lectures offered weekly.

9) Three different Family Groups offered weekly.

10) Check-In phone calls from a Family Counselor.

11) Access to over 80 Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunction meetings per week in the Charlotte area.

12) Referrals for individual and couples therapy.

13) Referrals to higher levels of care and relapse prevention programs.

14) Continued access to lectures and family group after patient completes treatment.

Anonymous Survey Results
  • 97% were satisfied with their initial contact with staff at Dilworth Center.

  • 97% were encouraged to participate in the family program.

  • 98% were able to get in touch with a family counselor in a timely manner with questions/concerns.

  • 98% have a better understanding of alcoholism/addiction and its’ characteristics because of participation in the family program.

  • 98% found the information in the lectures useful.

  • 88% were informed of the opportunity to participate in individual sessions and family meetings with counselors.

  • 92% have more understanding and empathy for the challenges presented to people in early recovery.

  • 92% engaged less in uncomfortable or hostile communication patterns with family members based on strategies presented in the family group.

  • 92% have a better understanding of denial, enabling, detachment and boundaries do to participation in the family program.

  • 88% feel more positive about their ability to have a healthy relationship with their loved one, should they continue to choose sobriety.

  • 85% have been able to identify unhealthy coping skills within themselves and implemented healthier behaviors in various areas of their lives since participating in the family program.

  • 93% have participated in a family meeting in order to discuss challenges and successes throughout the treatment process with their loved one and counselors

  • 88% have received support and feedback in creating their own boundaries for when their loved one is no longer enrolled at Dilworth.

  • 93% if co-parenting, have been able to form more of a “united front” with the help of the staff at Dilworth.

  • 81% have been given valuable information regarding discussing addiction and recovery with other family members (i.e. young children, extended family).

  • 98% would recommend the treatment services at Dilworth Center to others.