Weekend Family Series

At Serenity Knolls, we are fully committed to helping men and women achieve recovery success and exceed their own expectations as the road to sobriety is navigated. In choosing our center as the place to break free from the grips of addiction, adults of all ages have the opportunity to truly transform their lives and embark on a brighter, drug-free tomorrow.

About Our Weekend Program

Our team of addiction specialists understands the obstacles that can emerge when the abuse of substances is ongoing. Many of our dedicated staff practice a program of recovery and are prepared to help the residents at Serenity Knolls do the same.

In fact, many of the dedicated individuals we employ have defeated their own chemical dependency concerns and are prepared to help Serenity Knolls residents do the same. By facilitating and conducting a variety of therapeutic interventions, each person who comes through our doors will learn how to make the changes needed to live a sober life one day at a time.

In addition to our staff of compassionate and expertly trained professionals, Serenity Knolls is pleased to offer invaluable services for those closest to the individuals we treat. As part of our 30-day treatment plan, Serenity Knolls offers a Weekend Family Program. These services are designed to offer family members, close friends, and other loved ones the education and support they need to understand not only their loved one’s struggles, but their own struggles as well. Addiction is a powerful dynamic within the family system, and Serenity Knolls gives the entire family the opportunity to recover.

The Weekend Family Program is available to all residents’ family members, friends, and loved ones. In addition, we invite Serenity Knolls alumni and their families and friends to participate as well. Having current and former residents together gives additional support, priceless insight, and much needed hope to all those currently in treatment.

Serenity Knolls’ Weekend Family Program is a lifetime benefit for those completing the 30-day program commitment. Resident and family alumni are free to return to this program as often as they wish. These Saturday and Sunday groups are facilitated by our psychologists, and feature a unique and effective process that includes education, sharing of experiences, and multifamily group therapy sessions. Below is a detailed description of how each day works.

Weekend Family Program - Family Circle (Saturday)

Family Circle

Two Saturdays each month, residents, family members, loved ones, and alumni participate in group education and group process. The first half hour of the group is devoted to education and information on the effects that addiction has on the family, the dysfunctional roles that develop as a result of addiction, and the unrealistic rules and expectations attached to this dysfunction.

For many whose lives have been impacted by chemical dependency, it can be difficult to see beyond the consequences of addiction and look deeper into the causes and struggles involved in such a concern. Educational groups, however, provide the knowledge that may not necessarily be apparent to those who are addicted or whose lives have been affected by addiction.

Following the educational portion of the group, residents and family members and/or friends and loved ones participate in a multifamily group exercise. Family members and residents are invited to observe and participate in a group that is designed to aid in the process of breaking denial and eliciting open communication among residents’ family members and loved ones. When individuals are battling addictions, their behavior has an impact on family members and loved ones that can leave a lasting negative effect if it is not addressed. Communication is focused on expressing feelings and emotions without blame, in order to begin the process of healing the family system. This group is referred to as “Family Circle” and can serve as an excellent forum in which successes can be celebrated, support can be offered and received, and hope for the future can be restored.

Weekend Family Program- Partners in Recovery (Sunday)

Partners in Recovery

On the Sunday following Family Circle, Serenity Knolls’ Weekend Family Program invites Partners in Recovery to our campus. This group offers education, support, and guidance to the family members and friends of current and past residents of our program.

Chemical dependency affects not only the person who is abusing a substance, but also the lives of everyone close to him or her. Partners in Recovery gives information about chemical dependency to help individuals regain their own perspective and step out from the shadow of the person who is dependent on drugs or alcohol. At Partners in Recovery, individuals will learn about the following:

  • The Roller Coaster
  • The First Step
  • Your Own Denial
  • Feelings
  • Family Rules
  • Shame and Grief
  • Responding to the Disease
  • What I Can Do
  • Taking Action

In addition, Pre-Teen and Teen Support Group is available to children between the ages of 10 and 17. This is an educational and support opportunity for the children of individuals who are abusing substances. This may be an individual session or a group session, depending on the number of attendees. Alcohol and drug abuse impacts all members of the family, including children of all ages. This meeting gives pre-teens and teenagers an opportunity to talk about their experiences and feelings, while gaining a better understanding of addiction and recovery, and of how they are affected by their parents’ substance abuse. By participating in a group, teens will learn from their peers’ experiences, opening the door for communication and support. The topics discussed in this group can include definitions and descriptions of addiction, relapse, family roles, traits of being a child of an addict, boundaries, co-dependence, and self-care. This group is available upon request.

Alternate Saturday Services for Family Members

On alternate Saturdays each month, Serenity Knolls provides residents and family members with an information video covering addiction, family, and co-dependency. A video narrated by Dr. George Nash discussing the medical aspects of addiction is also screened. Serenity Knolls understands the necessity for additional education, personal support, and information. Following the videos, a counselor provides time from Q&A and group discussion.

At Serenity Knolls, we are steadfast in our belief that care must be offered to help the family unit. Our Weekend Family Program is the answer to this need and aims to instill hope that families can heal and find recovery together.

If you or someone you care about would like to learn more about our Weekend Family Program, our residential services, or any other facet of treatment at Serenity Knolls, do not hesitate to contact us. Our team of professionals is ready and willing to help you or your loved one determine if our center is the ideal place to begin a recovered life.

At Serenity Knolls, lives are changed and sober futures can be realized.

Serenity Knolls helped not only my husband – but our whole entire family. We go back every year during the holidays to visit and not a day goes by where we are not grateful for where we all are now.

– Henriette C.