Chestnut Health Systems strongly encourages families to participate in their loved one’s treatment experience. Substance usage affects the entire family and may create breakdowns in communication and trust. It is our belief that in order for a young person to be successful in overcoming their alcohol or drug problem, the family needs to understand addiction, learn the importance of the family support in recovery and make adjustments in their own behavior. Family members also need support during the treatment process.

The family program is specifically designed to help families explore relevant subjects such as:

  • Understanding the addiction process.
  • How addiction affects the whole family.
  • How to recognize and prepare for possible relapse.
  • Roles within the family and how to develop better communication.

Families also benefit from having the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with others families in similar situations. Individual family counseling sessions may also take place during treatment.


No treatment facility or social institution can replace a family's supervision and care. From the moment an individual enters treatment, we must help him or her begin the process of transition to a long term environment supportive of lasting recovery. Individuals in treatment who have family supporting their recovery stand the best chance of having a life of freedom and choice.

Within the family system, a problem experienced by one member affects all members. Family members may benefit from help and support with their issues, and may be struggling with active substance abuse, emotional problems and the consequences of abuse and trauma in their lives. Family members are encouraged to engage in the recovery process and to participate in counseling and education sessions aimed at ensuring that their loved one in treatment will benefit from an ongoing support system after completing our program. 

Through a unique collaboration with The Cadence Online Company, Treatment Research Institute and Dr. Robert J. Meyers,  a research-supported online course that teaches parents how to effectively interact with their children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior is now available. Please visit www.cadenceonline.com to learn more about ParentCRAFT and how parents CAN make a difference. (Use the code CHSPCT to receive a 20% discount when registering.)

Family members or friends can find additional support during their loved one’s treatment and recovery by attending community support groups such as Al-Anon or Alateen.