Family Treatment at Seabrook House ®
The Family Department at SBH offers a wide range of services to families struggling with addiction. Our staff of professionals has extensive experience working with families. Our approach is couched in family systems theory and we connect with families through compassion and understanding. We even have the facilities and guidance to help you plan an intervention.
The Family Matrix Program is a three-day family experience that allows families to begin to heal and strengthen the bonds strained by addiction. The Family Matrix Program commences the exploration of family dynamics in a group setting that creates a sense of safety and acceptance that’s vital to healing. Topics such as enabling and boundaries are explored in depth as well as the latest medical information regarding addiction. Once families have a clear understanding of their relationship with the addicted person they are then able to see where they are powerless and, more importantly, where they do have power. In other words, family members are able to reclaim the family from the hijacking of addiction and restore a sense of hope as the miracle of recovery is revealed. Through the use of vision boards and mindfulness techniques, family members are able to solidify this experience by identifying common goals that can propel the family forward into a new spirit.
The schedule for the Family Matrix Program is as follows:
- Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The cost of the program is $225 per person for family members ages 13 and older. (Registration must be paid in advance to reserve space.)
In addition to the Family Matrix, it’s strongly recommended that family members continue the healing journey of reconnecting by participating in private family counseling sessions with our family specialists. They are designed to address issues unique to the specific family. For more information about SBH’s family programs or to schedule appointment, please call Carol Dallago at 856-455-7575, ext 1158.
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For visitors needing accommodations, Seabrook House ® recommends the following:
All are located a short 12-minute drive from the main Seabrook House ® campus.
For a more luxurious hotel experience, Seabrook House ® recommends the Rittenhouse Hotel in central Philadelphia, PA. Located only a 45-minute drive from the Seabrook House ® main campus.
Family History: Are You at Risk of Alcoholism?
Millions of people in this country with a parent, grandparent, or other close relative with alcoholism may wonder:
- What does this mean for me?
- Are problems with alcohol a part of my future?
- Is my risk for becoming an alcoholic greater than those who without a family history of alcoholism?
- If so, what can I do to lower your risk?
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), genetic factors do influence alcoholism — children of alcoholics are about four times more likely than the general population to develop alcohol problems — but it’s not the sole cause.Just as a family history of alcoholism does not guarantee that you’ll become an alcoholic, neither does growing up in a very troubled household with alcoholic parents. Just because alcoholism tends to run in families does not mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic too. The risk is higher but it does not have to happen.
Researchers believe the person’s risk if higher if…
- An alcoholic parent is depressed or has other psychological problems
- Both parents abuse alcohol and other drugs
- The parents’ alcohol abuse is severe
- Conflicts lead to aggression and violence in the family
If you’re worried that you’re at risk for alcohol use disorder, the NIAAA offers the following advice:
Avoid underage drinking: Not only is it illegal, but research shows that the risk for alcoholism is higher among people who begin to drink at an early age. To blame: environmental and genetic factors.
Drink moderately as an adult: Adults who choose to drink alcohol should follow the guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For women, no more than one drink a day and no more than two drinks a day for most men.
Talk to a healthcare professional: Share your concerns with a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, or other healthcare provider who can recommend groups or organizations to help you avoid alcohol problems. A healthcare professional can also assess your drinking habits and offer guidance on scaling back.
Avoid alcohol if you fall into one of these groups:
- You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
- You’re a recovering alcoholic
- You ,plan to drive or engage in other activities that require attention or skill
- You’re taking certain medications or have certain medical conditions.
(Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse NIH Publication No. 03–5340)
Seabrook House ® Family Program
We understand that addiction is a family disease and we’re here to help. To learn more about the Family Matrix Program at SBH, call today: 856-455-7575.