Aurora Family Program

Addiction steals from the lives of addicts. But it doesn’t end there. Entire families are ripped apart, left bewildered and desperate in the aftermath.

As family of a substance user, your well-being is important.

You matter. You’re not alone.

Aurora Family Program Workshop

Being witness to the ravages of addiction and substance use is traumatic. The stress of watching the downward spiral can be overwhelming and damaging.

Our Family Program is focused on helping you move into a more empowered, connected space where you’ll learn new tools and ways of coping. No matter the outcome of your loved one’s treatment, and even if they aren’t being treated at all, you can find your own healing and wellness.

Our highly trained and credentialed Family Program team welcome you to take part in this experiential group workshop.

You’ll commit to participate in:

  • 3-hour group sessions, one session per week for 6-7 weeks
  • A one-on-one follow-up counselling session

Our Family Program is delivered virtually via Zoom at this time. Not only does this make our Family Program more accessible to those who aren’t able, or can’t afford, to travel to us. You’ll be able to create and relax into your own healing space, surrounding yourself with your own personal comforts as you take this courageous journey of self-discovery.

If you have a loved one in treatment, your Family Program Workshop will usually take place at the same time, though you’re welcome to attend at any time, before or after. With parallel treatment, you will both gain the tools and information you need to move into recovery-based wellness together.

Even if your loved one with substance use disorder is not in treatment, our Family Program is available to you. We support your health and wellness, no matter what. You are worth it.

To create an atmosphere of safety and trust, we allow a maximum of 10 participants per session. Spaces fill up quickly, so we encourage you to contact us to sign up as soon as possible.

The Family Program

Using creative, impactful messaging and activities, our Family Program Workshop helps you understand the addictive illness and the dynamics of how the entire family is affected.

You’ll learn about the addictive illness, enabling, self-care, 12-step philosophies, family and relational dynamics, co-dependency, boundaries and coping strategies.

Group workshops consist of a series of topics, each building on the last, that take you through the program in a purposeful, sensible way.

  • Understanding the addictive illness
  • Understanding the ways families have been impacted by addiction
  • Recognizing family dynamics/patterns (roles of family members)
  • Managing emotions and relaxation
  • Exploring strategies for open/effective communication
  • Examining grief and loss
  • Learning about attachment and detachment
  • Exploring enabling, codependency and denial
  • Establishing new patterns of relating
  • Applying recovery concepts (routine, sleep, nutrition, balance)
  • Embracing 12 step education (relative to Families Anonymous, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous philosophies)
  • Finding meaning and spirituality in recovery
  • Examining Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) issues

Support, guidance and encouragement is always available from your group leaders when needed as you move through the program toward wellness.

Group Therapy: Healing Together

Within our recovery-oriented system of care, we recognize the importance of building relationships and a strong support system when laying the foundation for sustainable recovery.

While for some it may seem intimidating at first, group therapy in our Family Program provides a safe, enlightening, encouraging space in which profound healing is shared by all.

We have designed our Family Program to safely engage you with others in the group throughout the program.

There is a type of healing in groups that doesn’t happen with individual work.  Connection, learning to trust, and taking risks with others who often remark, “I do that too!” or “I feel that way!” is incredibly transformative.

Taking the risk to reach out, you’ll learn that you really aren’t alone. There are others who are working through the same pain, finding hope and comfort in the group’s connection.

Our family programming continues after your family member or loved one has completed their program.

Reducing Stigma

Many people believe those who suffer from substance abuse are weak, selfish and unwilling to change. Often, family members and community believe that, if only the person would get treatment, everything will be fine.

There was a time when sending addicts away to institutions was believed to be the solution to addiction. Confrontation and tough love were delivered with condemnation, attempting to use shame to snap them out of it and affect change.

Family Counselling

Additional counselling and therapy sessions are available for loved ones, friends, alumni, couples, and families through our ARC Counselling centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

We are accredited for Tele-Health video conference sessions for those unable to attend counselling in person.

If you’re in other provinces and locations, we can refer you to counsellors and therapists in most major cities in Canada who follow a philosophy of treatment similar to ours.

Family Day Sundays

Family Day visitation occurs on Sundays from 1 to 4 PM CST.

Your first visitation is available in the week following your family member’s transition from detox to regular programming.

For everyone’s health and safety, the member must have submitted the request for your visit to their primary counsellor for approval in advance.

Safety of our members and staff is of utmost importance. There are limitations and guidelines on items that you may bring for your loved one. These include outside electronic devices, scented hygiene products, and food or drink products. You will be asked to check in any items prior to visitation.

If you have questions, please contact your family member’s or loved one’s primary counsellor.