Family integration and participation in the substance abuse rehabilitation centre is a very sensitive matter to us and a lot of effort goes into assisting the family to restore the family unit, understanding how addiction influences the family dynamics and the way forward. 

A lot of relationships are broken due to certain behaviours of the individual, not having enough knowledge about the disease or a general sense of hopelessness. This is why addiction is called a family disease. 

Addiction: A family disease

It is sometimes a difficult statement to understand as your loved one is the one with the problem. It is not to say that blame is placed on the family. The addiction of your loved one ultimately impacts and influences behaviours, habits and emotional state of the family unit as a whole. 

Family members begin to adapt to the negative impact of addiction and create new coping skills. The natural disposition of family members when an individual is in pain is to protect, defend, justify, rationalize and rescue. 

Understanding why your loved one is using and abusing substances is the first part of the healing process. We find that many clients yearn for their families to know that regardless of the circumstances, addiction and everything that came with it was never intentional. Even if they've sought help before. Just as important for them to understand why they went down this road, the family members can start healing as they too understand that addiction is not a choice. 

But how do we move forward? We say addiction is not a choice, but sobriety is. The following are brought into the program pertaining to the family:

Family Sessions

Support is a very important dynamic in the recovery of an individual. Through family sessions, we explore the different aspects around addiction, recovery and family therapy. Counselling is a very important part for both the individual as well as their families to ensure long term recovery. Typical sessions at PRC Recovery:



On admission, the emphasize is raised pertaining to the importance of family involvement. Here we discuss the program, what is to be expected in the program and possible progress or challenges the individual might face in early recovery and how the family can help them through this process. 


Family Group Sessions:

Specialised group sessions are held for family members to specifically look at the key factors around substance abuse. These sessions will include topics such as understanding addiction, the family's role as a support structure, what is codependency and enabling, and how to set effective boundaries. 


Family Counselling:

Families are brought in for formal family sessions to discuss progress and possible challenges that are identified based on the progress reports the family have received. During these sessions, we may address certain factors that have been identified to improve family relationships such as effective communication and assertiveness.


Exit Session:

With the exit session, we discuss overall milestones achieved during the program as well as possible challenges that might still exist. The aim is to discuss the aftercare plan in detail discussing the way forward to ensure long term recovery. Please see our section on aftercare for more information. 

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Progress Reports

Detailed progress reports are sent to the family touching on different aspects within our program. These reports include:


Intake Assessment:

The intake assessment is a summary of key factors identified that may form part of the individual treatment plan. It also addresses any areas identified that may warrant further intervention from specialists including psychiatrists, etc. 

Treatment Goals Progress:


This progress report first establishes each goal identified that is worked on in individual sessions. All goals are measured according to strengths, obstacles as well as outcomes. The findings as well as tools used are disclosed on these reports to help give clarity to both the individual as well as the family on what and why it has been identified and a way forward to accomplish these goals. 


General Progress:

The general progress report is aimed to look at different aspects within our program and what we as a team have observed. These aspects include behavioural, emotional, social and family, psychological as well as their motivation for change which may address any possible denial or reservations still present which may impact their treatment going forward. 

Step Work Progress:

This report is an update on the steps completed as well as progress or challenges made with each step. It also gives the family a brief synopsis of what the step is about and what the outcome should be if an individual has completed these steps.

Personality Typing:

The Jung/Myers Briggs typology gives a description of the individuals personality type along with the strengths of preferences. It clarifies communication and learning styles as well as possible careers most suitable for this type.

Support Groups

We strongly recommend for families to reach out to a support group. It is important to know that healing takes time and you are not alone on this journey. 

Al-Anon Family Groups

For families/friends affected by someone's alcoholism. 

0861 25 26 66

For families/friends affected by someone's addiction. 

Nar-Anon Family Groups

083 900 6962

CODA (Co-dependents Anonymous)

A fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships.

073 466 7734

For adult children affected by their father's or mother's alcoholism

ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)

Tough Love

For families being torn apart by drugs, alcohol, or abuse.

0861 868 445