Arbor Family Program

The Arbor is pleased to announce its new Digital Family Program via Zoom on Wednesdays from 6:00 -7:30 pm. This program is co-facilitated by Dr. Brian Samford and Amy Alden. We cover a wide variety of topics such as addiction being a family disease, support vs. enabling, codependency, setting and keeping boundaries, and the princples taught by Alanon.

We are also continuing to offer our family support group via zoom every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, from 7-8 pm. This is led by Amy Alden and is open to the public. The aim is to provide group support, direction, accountability, and tools for families of loved ones in addiction and recovery.

About the Facilitator Amy Alden

As the Family Program Manager, Amy Alden specializes in identifying opportunities for families to not only come together and recover as a unit but has also excelled in making the Family Program more readily accessible to more of The Arbor’s residents and their loved ones. Families interested in taking part in our Family Program or our Family Support Group are encouraged to contact Amy directly, via email at or call 844-413-2690 for assistance in attending our Digital Family Program or Digital Family Support Group.

About the Co-Facilitator Brian Samford, Ph.D.

Brian started the journey of recovery in 1990 upon entering a treatment program. After being so impacted by his counselor’s compassion, Dr. Samford decided to be a counselor & pursue a career in helping others.

Today, Dr. Samford is currently honored with being the Executive Director at the Arbor Behavioral Healthcare, as well as co-facilitator for our Family Program. Much of his career has been focused on creating more effective methods for treating persons struggling with addiction and mental health issues. With his Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, he is firmly committed to helping families heal.

About The Digital Family Program

The Arbor Family Program is designed to address the needs of the family of the alcoholic/drug addict as they navigate the path to sobriety and healthy living. It is not uncommon for there to be a complete breakdown of communication between the suffering addict and their family. Our family program helps bridge this gap and get the entire family moving towards a healthy direction.

The Arbor Family Program is open to the public and an important part of our Continuum of Care.

Participants are empowered with knowledge and hope for change. This is done by engaging the family into the treatment process from the beginning and providing support throughout their journey. Our staff offers supportive care through our online group meetings, telephone calls, individual family sessions, and referrals.

Our addiction counselors provide education, support, and strategies to aid in realigning and healing the family. Participants participate in lectures and discussions, private counseling opportunities and experiential activities on The Arbor ranch property. Families are exposed to Al-Anon and 12-Step philosophies and programs. Our experience is that family recovery significantly increases the likelihood that your loved one will achieve long-term recovery.

About Our Digital Family Support Group

Our new Family Support Group meets twice a month, also via Zoom, and is designed to provide ongoing support to families as they, and their affected family member heal. For more information, click here:

Arbor Family Support Group

The Importance of Family

Experts in the field of addiction and at The Arbor agree that addiction impacts the entire family and that family participation in the recovery process improves the odds of long term success. The stress of addiction can cause a family to develop unhealthy patterns. There is often an underlying fear that the loved one is not going to recover from the disease addiction even as family members enable the behaviors of addiction. This creates an unbalanced family system because the addicted individual is pulling a disproportionate share of financial and emotional resources.Based on this theoretical view of addiction, as it relates to the family, it is the mission of Arbor Behavioral Healthcare to assist family members and significant others in changing the negative effects generated in their lives due to being emotionally close to and personally involved with someone suffering from addiction.

We will discuss:

  • Why the American Medical Association defines addiction as a disease
  • Relapse and relapse prevention
  • What Al-Anon is and why it is important for you to attend
  • What “working a program” means

The 3 C’s:

  • You didn’t Cause the addiction
  • You can’t Control the addiction/addicted person
  • You can’t Cure the addiction

You will learn how to:

  • Regain your self-respect
  • Establish better boundaries
  • Identify & effectively express emotions
  • Cope with stress
  • Deal with anger and resentment
  • Forgive yourself


It is not necessary to have a loved one in treatment at The Arbor to be able to participate in our three and a half day intensive program. This opportunity is open to anyone in the community who wants a life changing experience that offers hope and healing to families affected by addiction.

Individual rate

$600 per person

Group rate

$1,200 (2-4 people)

for families with a client currently
in treatment at The Arbor only

For more information, please contact

Amy Alden


Family Program Manager

844-413-2690 Email Amy