What is the Guardian IOP Family Retreat?
Our Family Workshop Retreat is led by Michael Hebert, a certified addiction counselor, certified recovery coach and certified interventionist with years of firsthand experience. Herbert has developed an effective and highly involved method of family counseling, which is broken up into three main components. These components include understanding the existing family dynamic, breaking down the existing family unit and understanding the role of each individual family member, ultimately restructuring the family dynamic into something healthy, functional and fulfilling for all involved.
The process is broken down day-by-day, as family members focus on healing individually and as a unit.
Guardian IOP Family Workshop Retreat Process
Over the course of the first day of the Retreat, the clinical team will take ample time getting to know each family member on an individualized basis. The client is not present during the first day of the workshop, and all of the therapeutic work that is being done is focused exclusively on the client’s family members. We ask a series of questions that help illuminate the strong points and the potential weaknesses that exist within the family unit. In order for authentic healing to occur, all underlying family issues must be adequately identified and addressed. The first day of our Retreat focuses primarily on addiction education, revolving around an in-depth introduction to the disease model of addiction. Substance abuse is complicated, and can be quite difficult to understand from an outside perspective. However, it is important that family members understand what their loved one is experiencing – this helps to foster a deeper level of understanding and compassion. Regardless of how much family support an individual was receiving before he or she entered into Intensive Outpatient treatment, the disease of addiction is always more powerful than rational decision making and a desire to quit.
Once we cover the disease model of addiction in depth, we turn our attention to the personal experiences that each family member has had over the course of the past several years (or for however long the active addiction has been occurring). We focus on the ways in which each individual family member has been reacting to stressful situations, and how they have been attempting to cope with the ongoing presence of addiction. focusing on the personal experiences of each family member helps us understand what role each family member plays in the comprehensive family unit. In many cases, these roles must be thoroughly restructured.