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The Saint Jude Family Program

Rebuilding Family Dynamics

Saint Jude Family ProgramDealing with a loved one who is struggling with addiction issues can be all consuming and causing family members to experience many emotions such as frustration, guilt, shame and resentment. The Saint Jude Family Program helps families to finally overcome the emotional stress and anxiety associated with dealing with someone close to them who is struggling with substance use problems. It guides them in rebuilding their own lives, which have in many cases been devoted to helping the substance user.

Unlike in conventional Treatment Centers, St Jude's will NOT label the family dynamic as dysfunctional, and co-dependent. It will not tear families apart by building greater anxiety and resentment, but instead it aims to provide 3 clear objectives:

  • To provide the family with research based information about addiction and all substance use problems.
  • To help the family improve their relationships with each other and with the substance user.
  • To show the family the most effective strategies to help their loved one as they overcome their substance use problems.

By learning the truth about addiction, families gain a greater understanding of their loved one's struggles, and if applicable the reasons why treatment and rehab have failed them in the past. The family program will help the family learn how they can provide the most effective help to their loved one, as well as to find their own happiness independently from the substance user, through an effective 2 day workshop.

Program Schedule

The Family Program is taught as a two day workshop that will be individualized toward each family's particular needs. The family will have the opportunity to bring up any concerns they have about living or providing for a substance user. The Family Program will include all workshop materials including: Family Program text book and workbook, 2 night stay in a hotel, plus breakfast and lunch will be provided both days. The hotel will conveniently be located by the retreats houses so family members may visit their loved one's over the weekend, if they are currently enrolled in the Saint Jude Program.

"Envision your Life Beyond Current Circumstances.
What do you Want for Your Life?"

The first day is an introductory session, where the families will explore how they feel towards the substance user and where their relationship currently stands with them. They will also set goals for what they hope to gain or learn from the workshop such as trust, forgiveness or overall better communication with the substance user. The family will be shown what the substance user has been learning while at the Saint Jude Program and how to deal with the substance user coming home and what to expect going forward.

During the second day, the program will cover the family member's goals which are separate from the substance user; in which they will realize it's okay to pay attention to their own wants and needs in the midst of the problems with the substance user. This session will also include one on one meetings with the Program Developer to further answer any questions and to get a better understanding of how to deal with the substance user.

After the completion of the two day workshop there will be an opportunity for family members, to privately meet with their loved one's instructors, to gain insight into how their life and goals are changing.

You, the family, friend or close relative of the substance user, deserve to be happy and fulfilled in your life; and you can build the life you want for yourself and your family free from constant guilt and worry. Call today to learn how the Saint Jude Family Program can help you and your loved one regain trust and healthier family dynamic.
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