At Project Courage, we understand that substance use disorders affect the entire family. We strive to provide parents and significant others with the support they need while we help their loved one recover. We provide several services for the parents and partners of loved ones who are struggling with substance use.

Significant Other Psychoeducation Group:

As part of our intensive outpatient program, we offer a psychoeducational group for significant others. The group is instructional and content driven. The group spans six sessions. Topics covered in the group include taking care of yourself, setting limits and consequences for your loved one, and how your loved one’s brain becomes rewired by a substance use disorder.

Significant Other Support Group

This group is more open-ended than our significant other psychoeducation group. The group provides ongoing support for significant others. It’s often helpful to talk with others who are experiencing similar situations. This group encourages significant others to take care of themselves and to overcome codependency.

Parental Coaching

We can help you learn new ways of parenting as well as more effective communication skills to help you support your child in recovery.

Family Therapy

We offer family therapy sessions as well. As a family, you can work with one of our therapists to learn more effective communication skills, new ways of interacting, and learn how to support your loved one in recovery. One of our therapists can help you identify your strengths as a family and help you build upon those as well.

Having a child with a substance use disorder is overwhelming, scary, and confusing. Oftentimes, however, a loved one’s suffering goes unnoticed. For instance, as the parent of a child with a substance use disorder, you must deal with the loss of trust in your relationship with your child.

You must also watch as your child suffers the effects of a substance use disorder which can make you feel helpless and hopeless. Additionally, your child’s substance use may lead you to questioning your ability to love and parent effectively.

Living with someone who has a substance use disorder can put you at risk of suffering mental or physical abuse as well. Oftentimes, parents and significant others are reluctant to report these types of incidents.

The effects a substance use disorder has on family members can lead them to feeling helpless, anxious, or depressed. Some family members may begin to self-medicate in order to cope with the pain they feel.

If you have a loved one with a substance use disorder who’s considering partnering with us to achieve recovery, please contact us to learn more about all of the family services we offer. We look forward to helping and supporting you and your loved one on the road to recovery.