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Family Wellness

No matter how much guilt, resentment, anger, or hopelessness has built up in your family, we want you to know that there is hope. The Arbor offers a 2-day in-person family program once a month for the family members of the clients in our addiction treatment programs. It is designed to address the needs of the alcoholic/drug addict’s family 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 in a healthy direction.

The Arbor Family Services

From the beginning, our family services facilitators have specialized in identifying opportunities for families to come together and recover as a unit. They excel in making our family services more readily accessible to The Arbor’s residents and their loved ones. Families interested in taking part in our Family Wellness Program or our Family Support Group are encouraged to contact Amy directly, via email at [email protected] or call 844-413-2640.

About the 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 become 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 people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. With his Doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, he is firmly committed to helping families heal and move forward.

About the Co-Facilitator Amy Alden

Amy Alden, family services manager, is passionate about working with families. Amy has a strong understanding of family dynamics and the roles that each family member plays in our client’s recovery. Amy believes that it is imperative to address not only the individual with a substance use disorder but also the family . This approach helps individuals obtain full and lasting recovery. In combining her own education, efforts, and experience Amy found her stride and excelled in connection with clients and families. Families interested in taking part in our Family Wellness Program or our Family Support Group are encouraged to contact Amy directly, via email at [email protected] or call 844-413-2640.

About Our Family Support Group

The Arbor is pleased to announce its new Digital Family Support Group via Zoom every Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm CST. This program is co-facilitated by Dr. Brian Samford and Austin Weber. We cover a wide variety of topics such as addiction being a family disease, support vs. enabling, codependency, setting and keeping boundaries, and the principles taught by Al-Anon.

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 Cs:

  • 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

Based on our 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.

The Arbor’s Family Program Promotes Authentic Healing

Our staff offers supportive care through our online group meetings, telephone calls, individual family sessions, and referrals. Recovery is possible for your family. Call 844.413.2690 to learn more about our family program.