Family Programs

Recovery Is Change. Recovery Is Progress. Recovery Is Possible.

At Liberation Way, we are dedicated to helping individuals and their families suffering from addiction find their way back to health. We understand that addiction is a family disease. In the 1950s and 60s, therapists working with alcoholics began to notice that family members were suffering mental, physical and emotional problems related to all stages of addiction. It became apparent that family, close friends and even co-workers could suffer profoundly from the deterioration of the addict.

Fast forward to the present with many years of research to support the original observations. It is now considered ‘best practice’ to provide close family members and/or friends with treatment related to addiction.

Our individualized treatment plans are based upon researched-based addiction recovery care and are an integral part of a quality recovery treatment program. Each family in our treatment program receives codependency and addiction education.

Liberation Way currently offers three unique types of family support programs:
The Family Visitation Program
Liberated Families
Integrated Family Program

Call 877.976.7954 to speak to Alexander Ott, LMFT, MA our Family Program Director


The Family Visitation Program

Our Family Visitation program is offered weekly.  We encourage all members of a family to participate. Family members have to address the issues surrounding the addiction in order to heal themselves and to help their loved one heal as well. An addict in recovery is putting in the effort to confront all aspects of their addiction, and family members need to learn the proper ways to lend support. Engaging in our family program has been found to be an essential factor of successful and effective addiction treatment.
The Family Visitation Program includes, but is not limited to:

  • How does addiction develop
  • What are the physical, emotional, and mental consequences of addiction
  • What are triggers
  • What are craving

Families also learn about codependency, enabling, dysfunctional family dynamics and other topics. The family program helps individual members break out the dysfunctional patterns that develop around addictive behavior.

Family addiction treatment programs can help diminish the risks of future addiction associated with the children of addicts. Family therapy helps rebuild personal boundaries, empowers personal responsibility and provides tools for handling anger, guilt, and shame. Other issues (medical, emotional and behavioral) that contribute to a dysfunctional family can be addressed. Therapists can address each family’s specific issues.

While an addict has to make the choice to seek treatment in order to recover from drug addiction, family therapy plays a vital role in helping an addict recover as well. Alcohol and drug addiction have a negative impact on the addict and their family. It is common for members of the family to take the first steps in getting help for their loved one by addressing the issue, staging an intervention and signing him or her up for rehab — but the family’s role does not end there.

Check out our updated Saturday Family Program Schedule

Liberated Families

Liberated Families is a support group for loved ones of those struggling with substance abuse. This group is educational and supportive.  The session is designed to help family members understand the addiction and recovery process. This program is offered at no cost and is open to everyone regardless of your loved ones’ participation in Liberation Way’s substance abuse programs.

It is imperative that we support each other during this journey. Nobody can understand what you are going through as deeply as others going through the same thing. This is where the strength comes from: speaking and connecting with others who have carried the same burden and had a way to move beyond. Please join us for our monthly meeting.

For more information or to sign up for this program please contact Tim Lane at ; or call 347.309.8588


Integrated Family Program

Liberation Way’s Integrated Family Program aims to shift the way we view our relationships with each other, with addiction, with our loved ones struggling to recover, as well as our relationship with the difficult emotions we experience daily. Through shifting our internal and external dialogue, we can begin to listen in new ways, respond with validation and nonjudgment, and approach the once unapproachable, with renewed insight and vigor.

No individual or family should have to fight this alone. Your stories, your narratives within the context of your unique family history serve as a guide to continued healing and recovery. Through exploration of solutions, not failures, we can rediscover the inherent strengths of the family system. Despite the pain, the struggles, the loss, there stands the human experience dedicated to survival, the desire to thrive, and the will to become whole again.

The three-day intensive program offers in-depth, therapist lead workshops and educational sessions, many of which are specifically tailored to your unique situation.

The topics include:

  • Family dynamics
  • Addiction and the effect on the brain
  • Addiction treatment modalities
  • Individual & family therapy
  • Improving communication
  • Assorted healing techniques
  • Setting goals for your family


The program provides an opportunity to share with other families how addiction has touched your lives and your hope for healing for yourself and your loved ones. Call 877.976.7954 for more information.


Additional Resources:

Welcome Letter for Families (Integrated Family Program)

Welcome to our Family Program (video)

Sample Integrated Family Program schedule

Family Program Brochure 

Outcomes of Family Approaches to Substance Abuse Treatment

Addiction and Family Roles (infographic)