The Family Program is a hallmark of treatment at Sierra Tucson. Because family members and significant others are considerably affected by addiction and mental health disorders, their involvement is critical to the recovery process.
Families and their loved one in treatment are given an opportunity to learn about addictions and mental health disorders, discuss issues that have involved them for many years, and heal together during the resident’s Family Week—a four-day experience that is often life-changing, as it allows relationships a chance to heal from confusion, hurt, and misunderstandings. Family members are guided to work on their own issues, develop self-care techniques, and learn how to support their loved one.
The Family Program is by invitation from the resident. It is provided for family members ages 18 and over and is included in the cost of treatment (excluding travel and accommodations). As soon as the resident completes the invitation list, a family therapist will contact those invited and send information regarding the resident’s Family Week.
If you have been invited to participate in Family Week, you will be given dates/times and information about what to expect. You will also be asked to confirm your participation. We encourage you NOT to make any travel plans until you receive an invitation from a Sierra Tucson family therapist. If you anticipate an invitation to Family Week, please allow up to 10 days after the resident’s admission.
Family Week is an integral part of Sierra Tucson’s Family Program. This four-day experience begins on Monday at 8:45 a.m. and ends on Thursday at 5:50 p.m. Family Week is designed to assist residents and family members in identifying problems that have had a significant impact on the family system; in changing attitudes and, ultimately, behaviors between family members and residents; and in clarifying the role of healthy support.
Therapists model and teach new communication skills, which give the residents and family members a means to change behaviors and enhance the healing process. A couple’s workshop – between the resident and his or her significant other – provides an opportunity for all couples participating in Family Week to tend to their relationship issues and to receive educational and therapeutic support for recovery.
Personal Family Therapist
A family therapist works with family members to provide support and education specific to the resident’s issues. In afternoon sessions during Family Week, the family group includes the resident, the resident’s process group members, and the primary therapist. A family therapist may provide individual supportive guidance for family members, as deemed necessary, and will include other clinical staff if appropriate.