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Family Services

Addiction is often referred to as “a family disease” because of the impact it can have on everyone in a family unit. Regardless of where your loved one is in their recovery journey, it is important for you to acknowledge and address the impact that their addiction has had on your life. Our commitment to holistic healing extends beyond the individual struggling with substance abuse and embraces the need for comprehensive support for close friends and family members as well.

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Mountainside’s Family Services can empower the entire support system or family unit to repair relationships, rebuild trust, enhance communication, and establish healthy boundaries. Our experts understand the complexities that addiction inflicts on family dynamics, and we’re here to provide the tools and nurturing environment needed to navigate these challenges.

Available Family Services include:


Family Outpatient Services

Mountainside’s Family Outpatient Services program is designed to equip families with the knowledge and tools needed to overcome the impact of addiction and regain control of their lives. Our dedicated team of skilled clinicians stands by your side, providing the essential guidance and support to help your family navigate through the depression, trauma, and grief stemming from a loved one’s struggle with addiction. The loved ones of people struggling with addiction can also learn how to repair relationships, utilize healthy forms of communication, and practice self-care to better support the whole family’s recovery.

Program Overview

Guided by a seasoned facilitator, our 10-week Family Recovery Group Therapy program offers insights, tools, and strategies that help you understand the impact your loved one’s addiction has had on your life. Our expert clinicians provide unwavering support, creating a safe space where families can address the emotional turmoil caused by a loved one’s battle with addiction. This program is open to all; loved ones struggling with addiction do not have to be admitted to an addiction treatment program at Mountainside for you to benefit from Family Services at Mountainside.

Family Recovery Group Therapy Topics Include:

  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships: Recognize relationship patterns and redefine your dynamics.
  • Communication: Learn to communicate effectively and authentically.
  • Self-Care: Prioritize your well-being on the journey to recovery.
  • Boundaries: Establish healthy limits that nurture growth.
  • Family Roles: Understand and reshape the roles within your family unit.
  • Rebuilding Trust: Mend the bonds that have been strained by addiction.
  • Identifying Needs in a Relationship: Foster empathy and connection.
  • Grieving and Transition: Navigate the complexities of loss and change.
  • Meaningful Connection: Cultivate authentic connections within your family.
  • Wellness: Embrace a holistic approach to well-being.

Available Services

Our comprehensive approach fosters healing on multiple levels. With services ranging from individual therapy and group therapy to family therapy and crisis sessions, Mountainside will stand beside you every step as the way to ensure your family’s needs are fully addressed. Here are some of the services at your disposal:

  • Biopsychosocial Assessment: A holistic evaluation that paves the way for personalized care.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation: Expert insights to address the mental health aspects of your journey.
  • Psychiatric Medication Management: Targeted medical support for effective recovery.
  • Individual Therapy: One-on-one sessions with a family wellness clinician tailored to your unique needs.
  • Group Therapy: A safe space to heal and connect with others who share similar experiences.
  • Family Therapy: Rebuild, reconnect, and reestablish the bonds that matter most.
  • Crisis Sessions: On-demand support when you need it most.

*See the bottom of this page for downloadable resources on Family Outpatient Services and more!

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Family Wellness in Addiction Treatment

For those admitted to addiction treatment programs at Mountainside, Family Wellness is a part of your holistic treatment plan to ensure all facets of healing are addressed for you  as well as your family. By addressing how addiction has impacted all of your lives, everyone in the family unit can begin a parallel healing process.

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Family Recovery Coaching

When your loved one suffers from addiction and requires caring support, taking the time to focus on yourself can seem impossible. To help you address any fear, stress, and anxiety caused by your loved one’s addiction, and to help you learn how to prioritize your own needs and happiness, Mountainside addiction treatment center offers family-focused recovery coaching. This program provides you with a nationally-certified Family Recovery Coach to serve as a partner and guide in a difficult time. All Mountainside Family Recovery Coaches have first-hand experience with the impact addiction can have on the family unit. Our caring professionals truly understand what you are going through and can provide you with unique perspectives, helpful support, and countless life-improving resources.

Program Overview

Mountainside’s Family Recovery Coaching program is available in-person at Mountainside treatment center locations or via telehealth. The program consists of four key components:

Comprehensive Wellness Plan

Shifting the focus back to you is vital to healing. Partnering with your recovery coach, you formulate a comprehensive wellness plan designed around your overall well-being and recovery goals. Together, you integrate self-care into your daily life and tackle important issues such as codependency, enabling behaviors, and boundaries. Throughout your treatment, your coach works closely with our expert clinical team to track your progress and make adjustments to the plan when necessary.

Connected Care Network

When you live in a constant state of emergency, it is easy to forget about your basic needs. Our Family Recovery Coaching program makes it easier for you to start taking care of your holistic health by connecting you with any additional service providers you may need, including clinical, medical, psychiatric, wellness, and legal services. All of our referrals are carefully vetted to ensure that you receive quality care and support in all critical areas of your life.

Weekly Meetings

Rebuilding your life takes time and commitment. Through in-depth face-to-face, phone, and video sessions, you take the goals established in your wellness plan and break them down into concrete action items. Setting weekly objectives and identifying the steps needed to accomplish them allows you to keep better track of your priorities and ensures that you continue to make progress.

Daily Check-Ins

Life is full of surprises – both positive and negative. By maintaining constant communication through text and calls, your coach provides you support and guidance to address in real-time any unexpected challenges that pop up. Always by your side, your coach is also there when you want to celebrate an accomplishment, no matter how big or small. Daily check-ins also help keep you accountable and focused on your wellness plan.

*See the bottom of this page for downloadable resources on Family Recovery Coaching and more!

Family Recovery Coaching: Areas of Focus

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Establishing a Self-Care Plan

With the help of family recovery coach and our wide range of virtual and in-person offerings (including fitness and meditation opportunities, educational workshops, and leisure activities) you will develop a self-care routine and relearn how to have fun.

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Building a Support Network

Our various peer-to-peer support meetings enable you to connect with others going through similar experiences with their loved ones and provide you the opportunity to discuss challenges, achievements, and setbacks in a safe space.

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Improving Family Dynamics

Working on your own healing opens the door for repairing fractured family relationships. Through joint sessions with your loved one who is struggling with addiction, you can begin to rebuild trust and improve communication.

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Access Family Services via Telehealth

With flexible scheduling and easy-to-use and secure technology, Mountainside offers telehealth options for you to access the treatment your family needs from the comfort and privacy of your home.

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Additional Services for Family & Loved Ones

Learning that your loved one is struggling with addiction is difficult. It can fill you with guilt, anger, and resentment. It can make you feel lost and alone with nowhere to turn. Mountainside’s Family Services are designed to provide help for families just like yours. With the guidance from our team of experts, you will learn how to best support your loved one’s recovery while learning how to take better care of yourself, too.

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Virtual Family Wellness Workshops

We’ve created a series of online workshops to provide space for loved ones to learn about some of the most pivotal aspects of addiction treatment and recovery, safely ask questions, and build a support network. Open to all.

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Friends and Family Support Group

This support group is designed to address the impact your loved one’s addiction has had on your life and help you find the path to a happier, healthier you.

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Spouse and Partner Support Group

Watching your partner struggle with addiction can be painful, but as they heal and start to navigate their journey to recovery, it is important that you begin to do so as well.

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