Family Addiction Treatment Program

At Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat we understand and acknowledge that the whole family is affected in the disease of addiction. In order to address addiction as a family disease, we recommend that as many family members as possible participate either within our Three Day Intensive Family Week or our Weekly Family Groups. Both types of family groups address family members' feelings of confusion, anger, guilt and stress and capitalize on the love and caring that the family has for their loved-one. Family members have an opportunity to listen to other family members’ experiences, while also being able to share their own.  This process allows families to develop a bond with each other and move away from feelings of isolation and helplessness.  Family members are able to examine the feelings and behaviors they are personally experiencing which are non-sustainable and unhealthy for both themselves and their chemically dependent loved-ones. Through the group process, family members explore ways to change these behaviors, and in doing so, allow their addict/alcoholic family member to become empowered to become truly responsible for themselves. The result is a happier, more educated, balanced family who has a new understanding of themselves and new hope for the future.

Chronic alcoholism/drug addiction becomes the central, organizing theme in an alcoholic family. No one can grow up in an alcoholic/drug dependent family, or live in one without it changing them. The alcoholic/addict is impaired and, in turn contributes to the impairment of his or her family members. Since the 1970's, chemical dependency treatment research has indicated that family involvement can significantly improve the patient's chances of recovery as well as increase family cohesion and individual functioning.

The Family Program at Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat is designed to educate family members about the disease of chemical dependency and to help them recognize the disease and its effects.  Just as the reality of the alcoholic becomes distorted through denial and rationalization, families also suffer from denial or lack of insight.

The Family Program at Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat is offered in an intensive three day program.  For local families or those who work during the day a concurrent family program is available on Thursday evenings.

Lectures and group exercises help participants gain understanding and acceptance of chemical dependency as a family illness. New coping skills and tools are given and practiced which will unravel the reactive, controlling, and enabling behaviors which unwittingly help to maintain the disease.  The family begins to create an opening for recovery and healing by breaking the unspoken rules of the alcoholic family: “don't talk”, “don't trust”, “don't feel”.  The family program at Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat addresses the needs of the  family so that everyone can recover.

Family Program at Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage RetreatFor more information about the Family Program at the Hemet Valley Recovery Center and Sage Retreat, please contact:

Admissions & Assessment Department

Family Therapist
Christina Wood, MS, MFT, LAADC-CA: 951-791-4082

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