When substance abuse ends, there is still a tremendous amount of repair that has to take place for the rest of the family to heal. We work with our parents to begin that process. Our goal is to prepare young men to take advantage of their newfound sobriety in many ways. This includes developing loving, respectful relationships with their parents, siblings, and other family members.
How Our Family Programming Works
If you have a son coming to New Life House, we invite you to look at it as joining a family, rather than sending him away to a program. Every step of the way, we involve, engage, and include our families. New Life House is not a place where young men are dropped off and families are forgotten. We provide a home away from home that involves everyone in the recovery process.
- 90-Day New Parent Program
- Saturday Family Groups
- Parent Guide Program
- Staff Engagement
- Parent Passes
Family programming at New Life House starts right away. As soon as a young man intakes, a family is assigned a set of Parent Guides. Parent Guides are peer mentors that become a line of support as well as ultimately friendship, while a young man is going through the New Life House process. There are also weekly telephonic updates in the beginning of the journey, as we include families in the discussion and keep you up to date on the progress, successes, and struggles of your son’s recovery. This allows the family to understand where their child is in their recovery journey.
One of the most impactful components of the New Life House family program is our Saturday programming. Irina Jodzio, LMFT, runs a family group every other Saturday with our families and the young men in the program, that also serves as a potluck and opportunity to connect and socialize with the other families in the program. The same camaraderie that we cultivate and foster with the guys defines our family community. Additionally, we host a variety of larger family events throughout the year, including holidays, picnics, and get-togethers.
When a family first arrives, they also participate in our 90-Day New Parent Program. This is an intensive that includes weekly groups with Irina Jodzio and the other new families, and serves as an amazing opportunity to not just participate in a powerful group, but build new relationships with other families.
New Life House understands how important it is to teach our residents a new way of interacting with their families. Parent passes are a great way for families to experience the change their son is undergoing. With a variety of fun activities to participate in the surrounding South Bay of Los Angeles, families enjoy spending time with their sons.
Other Family Support Groups Offer Assistance for Loved Ones
While the family programming at New Life House is comprehensive and thorough, we always recommend for our families to engage in additional support through outside groups.
12-Step programs like Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, and CODA (Co-dependents Anonymous) offer valuable help for family members and loved ones of substance abusers. We often see families finding a tremendous amount of additional support in these groups, as well as fostering ongoing relationships.
Individuals in treatment also generally have more successful outcomes when their families are participating in these sort of groups and taking care of themselves. Families are more likely to reestablish healthy relationships with their loved ones when they utilize support groups.
For this reason, the staff at the New Life House Recovery Community strongly urges family members to become involved in Al-Anon or a similar family of addiction support programs. Click on any of the logos below to visit the respective group’s website and find a meeting near you. Remember that if one meeting doesn’t feel like a good fit for you, try another one!