Frequently Asked Questions About the Family Program
- I’m not the one with a problem, why should I attend a program?
Attending the program gives the family tools to help their loved one through treatment and early recovery. It also allows Brookdale to address any fears and concerns the family may have. Families that get educated, dramatically increase the chance of their loved one’s recovery and success.
- Can anyone in the family attend the weekend program?
Anyone, family or friend, that is 12 years or older can attend the Family Educational Program.
- Is there an age restriction for the family weekend? Should small children stay home?
It is recommended that children stay home with a sitter or relative during this weekend. Nevertheless, if children do come to the hotel, family must bring a relative or sitter to watch that child during the program. They may join the family for meals.
- What kind of activities/groups will I be attending during this weekend?
The weekend is comprised of lectures and groups to educate the attendees on the disease of addiction, the effects on the family, and the recovery process. These groups take place in a very comfortable setting and at no time, is anyone put in a position to speak about something they are uncomfortable with. However, attendance at all groups and lectures is required.
- Why can’t I visit with my loved one during this weekend?
The patient stays at Brookdale while the family is attending the program. This gives the family an opportunity to ask any questions they may have, without worrying about their loved one’s reaction. It also gives the family a chance to experience any feelings and express any thoughts or concerns they may have. The family will visit and have lunch with their loved one on Sunday at Brookdale, at the completion of the weekend.
- I’ve already attended these programs in the past, why should I have to do it again?
Oftentimes, family members have been to day long programs in the past but have never attended an entire weekend program. At minimum, if family members have not been to a 3–day program in the past, Brookdale encourages them to participate in ours. For families who have been to a weekend program in the past, it is important to remember that their loved one is now in a different stage of their recovery journey, and it would be beneficial to attend.
- If I live close to the hotel, and do not want to stay overnight, can I still attend?
If attendees live close to the hotel, they can commute and not incur the cost of the hotel room.
- What SHOULDN’T I bring with me?
Please try to leave any work at home, so you can focus on the information over the weekend. Alcohol/drugs are also prohibited during the weekend.
Bring comfortable, casual clothes and a bathing suit if you want to use the pool. Remember any medications you need to take.
- Can I have my cell phone during this time?
Cell phones are asked to stay off during groups and to be used at a minimum during breaks.
- How many family members can go at a time?
There is no limit to how many family members/friends can attend. You can fit up to 4 people in a room.
- I have a busy work schedule and cannot attend until after my loved one has been discharged. Can I still attend?
If someone cannot attend during their loved one’s stay at Brookdale, they are welcome to attend at any time after discharge.