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FIFAMILY

PROGRAM

Our flagship service, the Family Program treats addiction as a family issue and offers support to all family members and significant others throughout the recovery process.

A Comprehensive Approach

The Family Program lies at the heart of the Freedom Institute.

Families can be a powerful agent of change for individuals battling addiction. Staffed by a team of Ackerman-trained family systems therapists, we help families understand the systemic problems of addiction and work together towards recovery.

We offer family therapy, multi-family counseling and groups, and a range of services for others with a loved one struggling with substance abuse and addiction.

Our specialists work with you to identify family patterns that both evolve from and perpetuate substance abuse so those important relationships can be repaired.

Based on our assessment, a treatment plan is tailored to include a selection of these services:


SERVICES

Our family therapists have substantial experience in working with families confronting major life stressors in their relationships such as substance abuse, parenting issues, ADHD, mental health, trauma, divorce, loss, and more.

We help families identify and define current struggles as well as repair past hurt and hardship. We work with family members of all ages, beginning with young children and through all life stages.

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Our family therapists work with couples struggling with substance use, abuse, addiction and recovery in their relationship. We also help couples expand their view of problems to address other parts of their relationship without neglecting the pressing needs of addiction and recovery.

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Our Significant Others groups are discussion and support groups for adults with spouses or partners (current or former) who have substance abuse issues, regardless of stage. These groups are ongoing and coed.

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Our short-term, multi-family groups are organized around presenting common problems or defining traits (e.g. adoption, divorce, loss/bereavement) for families that reach out to Freedom Institute for support and guidance. They are facilitated by a family therapist, combining didactic and supportive discussion elements to help families learn and grow from each other’s experiences while gaining support from the fellowship of shared struggles.

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Our parent groups are discussion, psychoeducation and support groups for adults with adult or adolescent children who have substance abuse issues (active, in recovery, in treatment, etc.). These coed groups are ongoing. Parents may attend individually or together.

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Led by a family therapist and AD/HD researcher, the Support Group for Parents of Children with AD/HD is an ongoing group with a rotating short-term curriculum. Based on the science of AD/HD and the lived experience of AD/HD, this group will provide parents with practical information and meaningful support. Members can join at any time in the rotation.

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Having a child (be they an adolescent, young adult or an adult) with substance abuse issues creates ongoing stress that impacts family relationship.  Even after a loved one gets sober, feelings and experiences from the past may be difficult to process and move beyond, not to mention worrying about relapse and rebuilding trust.  In this group, parents will support one another, explore effective problem solving strategies that strengthen relationships and foster self-compassion regarding the challenges of parenting in the context of addiction.  This group meets every other week on Wednesdays (starting on November 15th. 2017) from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.  The fee for the group is $50.00.

For more information, please contact Genoveva Garcia, LCSW, Family Therapist at 212-838-0044, extension 0060.

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FITT is Freedom Institute’s outpatient treatment coordination plan designed to augment treatment by coordinating with outside service providers. We create a level of treatment similar to an inpatient facility to support clients in need of extra care in the critical stages of their recovery process.

Our FITT clinical coordinators create a cohesive plan to supervise a client’s care by working with existing care providers, such as psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors, or assembling outside care as needed.

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