FAQ about The Retreat Family Program:


My loved one has the problem with chemical dependency, why do I need to come?

Alcoholism and chemical dependency are a family disease that requires a family solution. Everyone is impacted. We become angry, confused and scared without knowing it. Support and information allow us to heal and move toward a solution.

What will I get from participating in the Family Program? 

  • A break from the day to day struggles of living with addiction; 
  • An opportunity to talk with others who understand what you’ve been experiencing; 
  • Tools for dealing constructively with addiction and effectively responding to the alcoholic or addict; 
  • Strategies for responding to your loved ones in ways that are caring and helpful; and 
  • Ultimately, hope.

How can I best support my loved one?

If you have a loved one struggling with drugs and alcohol, we can educate you on how to respond to the addiction and to support in ways that really help. To get you started, here are: 6 Things You Can Do to Help a Loved One.

I have been to other family programs. What makes this program different? 

The Retreat Programs all focus on the solution to the impact of chemical dependency on relationships. Participants will practice exercises that allow them to respond differently and begin the process of healing. Participants are introduced to a process for change that has sufficient power to move family members from hopelessness to hope for themselves and their loved ones.

I already attend Al-Anon. Would it still be useful for me to attend the Family Program?

Past participants with Al-Anon experience have reported that attending our Family Program gave them the opportunity to deepen their recovery programs.

My loved one doesn’t want to get help, so I don’t have anyone at The Retreat. Can I still attend?

Participation in the Family Program is open to anyone concerned about a loved one’s chemical use. You do not need a connection to someone involved in any of the Retreat Programs to participate.

If my loved one is in the Residential Program at The Retreat, do I need to come while they are there?

No, the program is separate from the residential program and it is not necessary to come while your loved one is here in residence. The advantage to coming while they are here is you will have an opportunity to learn about how to support your loved one and yourself so you are more prepared to begin the healing in your relationships. You have one year to attend and use the pre-paid fee.

What does the program cost? 

Our residential program fee includes the fee for one participant to attend our Family Program. The fee for additional participants, or for those not affiliated with someone involved in Retreat programs, is $495 per person. This includes room, board, program and materials. Ample scholarship money is available for anyone in need. Non-Residential Program participants’ family members receive a $200 discount.

I live near The Retreat. Do I have to stay overnight? 

Yes, the Retreat Family Program is a residential program and it is necessary, with rare exceptions, to stay at our 18 bed McIver Family Center. An important part of the program’s impact is the connection that happens between family members in the evening after the sessions are done.

Can I start the program on Saturday?

I can’t take time off from work to arrive on Thursday evening. We’ve designed our program to begin on Thursday evening and last into the weekend with the intention of being minimally disruptive to people’s work schedules. Our hope is that participants are able to arrive on Thursday afternoon to experience the entire program, however we know that sometimes this isn’t possible due to flight schedules and other prior obligations. Participants may miss the Thursday evening orientation, if necessary. However, they must arrive no later than 8:30 AM on Friday morning. The program contains a foundational session on Friday morning that is essential to understand the following sessions.

How often is the Family Program held? 

Our program is held at least twice a month, starting on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The program begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday afternoon. Occasionally, additional programs are available. Click here for a listing of upcoming program dates.

Do I need to register in advance to attend the Family Program? 

Yes, advance registration is required, as space is limited to 18 family members per program.

What do I need to bring? 

Please bring your own personal toiletries. You’ll also want to bring casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes. We will provide linens and towels. Laundry facilities are available.


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