What Amity Circle Tree Ranch Offers Families
Spirit of Community: Family Groups
Circle Tree Ranch Family Services develops and maintains contact with family members of students in our residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Circle Tree Ranch faculty invites the families of our students to participate in a wide variety of family activities including workshops, retreats, group therapy sessions, picnics and recreational activities. Family involvement in activities that foster substance abuse recovery and relapse prevention is encouraged both during the students stay and after discharge. Historically, therapeutic communities did not include family members in the educational/ addiction treatment process. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s all families were viewed as codependents. Throughout the U.S. and other countries there have been major shifts in this philosophy in the past decades. Circle Tree Ranch addiction treatment programs exemplify how families have been able to become full participants in the process of change.
From 1989 to the present, Circle Tree Ranch has had familiwes participate in Weekly Family Support Groups and Quarterly Family Weekend Workshops on a voluntary basis. A core component of Circle Tree Ranch Family Services is the group. Family groups are made up of parents, students, and former Circle Tree Ranch students who actively desire to be involved. Circle Tree Ranch has long recognized that drug and alcohol recovery does not end the day someone completes chemical dependency treatment. Addiction recovery and relapse prevention are on-going activities that are necessary to maintain a clean and sober, positive life as a contributing member of one’s family and community. For this reason, Circle Tree Ranch offers Family Services to former students and their families.
Circle Tree Ranch Family Support Groups and Family Weekend Workshops provide a safe setting within which an individual can assess the continuities in his/her own history. Using methods which include Sociograms, detailed family mapping, and ceremony, individuals are empowered to access intergenerational family patterns. Like residents in our long-term residential treatment setting, families need time in the process of modifications in behaviors and attitudes. Participants in groups and workshops learn how to use their own information in a productive, growth-oriented manner, consistent with their inner potentials. Students and their families learn to affirm each other’s feelings, and avoid superficial moralistic positions. At Circle Tree Ranch we emphasize those techniques addressing stress, self-empowerment, and setting boundaries ultimately leading to personal growth.
A strong correlation has been established between family involvement and long-term drug and alcohol recovery for the student. Success in the larger community for individuals who have completed one of the available addiction treatment programs at Circle Tree Ranch is enhanced by restructuring family relationships. Thus, families are actively participating not only in their own processes, but in the resident’s process of change from a life of substance abuse and alienation to success and wholeness.