One common misconception people have about addiction is that it is only the addict who needs help. At 3D, we testify to the power of complete family restoration. Addiction is a disease that reaches far beyond the individual users. As a family member, you know that your family must revolve around the life of the addict. If he is in a bad mood then you're whole family will remain on edge. Maybe you have other children that you do not want around your son because of his drug use or behavior.
We want to help your family all get on the page once again. We have an intensive Family Recovery Program that you will walk through together with our licensed counselor & other experienced staff.
Please read below to find out more about the various areas of our Family Recovery Process.
Once your son is admitted into our program there will be 30 days of no contact between your family and your son. During this 30 days there will be no phone calls, letters, or visitation. You are more than welcome to call, text, or email our office/staff during this difficult time periodically to check on your son. Our experience shows us that this time does a tremendous amount to reconcile your family. Removing the addict from the home allows you're family still at home to relax for the first time in quite a while. In addiction, we have also seen that this 30 days will serve as a time of reflection for your son for him to look at what he has been doing to your family.
Once your first visit occurs after the 30 days, there will be immense jubilation for your family when you are reunited. After the 30 days of no contact are over your family will also be allowed to send your son letters. Only family members and approved family friends (ex: pastors, coaches, teachers, etc.) will be allowed to send letters of encouragement. We read all letters before we give them to our residents to make sure that friends/girlfriends aren't trying to pretend to be a family member to get a letter through. We do not generally allow phone calls throughout the week, but if you live far away and cannot regularly visit then we may approve a weekly phone call. We may also allow your son to call you if you have a special need that requires immediate attention (court issue, financial issue, education issue, etc.).
Each week you will have the opportunity to visit your son on Sundays. You will first be able to visit with him during the 9am church service at Free Chapel Worship Center in Gainesville, GA. After the service you will be able to visit with your son during our Family Recovery classes (1st & 3rd Sunday) or by visiting him on our property (all other Sundays). You will be permitted to visit after Family Recovery classes as well by visiting our property. Visits will last until 5pm.
If your family needs special arrangements due to your work schedule or if you live out of state then we will accommodate you within reason. However, we encourage all of our families to make their son their main priority during this time and do your best to come at least to our Family Recovery classes.
We do allow home visits for your son once he has completed the 3rd phase of the program called Inner Healing. This will usually be around your son’s 7th month of the program. We also to allow a home visit for Thanksgiving (1 day) & Christmas (3 days). All of the same rules of the program apply while your son is on a home visit. This means no social media, no secular music, no rated R movies, no cell phone use, etc. There are more details available in our Family Handbook that you will receive when your son is admitted into our program.
On the 1st & 3rd Sundays of each month we have a group Family Recovery class held at the North Campus of Free Chapel Worship Center. We have various speakers come in to help with the class ranging from pastors to counselors to those experienced in recovery. Before each class you will receive an email with details about what the week's lesson will be. Our classes are led by an adult men's recovery program called The Jericho House. The families of both programs join together for a lunch before the class. This is a time when the families can get to know each other and share their experiences in recovery.
Along with our Family Recovery Classes, you will receive additional Family Counseling from our Licensed Professional Counselor. You will work alongside our counselor to develop a strategic plan for your family's counseling needs. You will receive sessions both with your son and sessions without your son. We want to help your family learn to function as a unit. We have found that without the total support of your family, your son's chances of recovery become considerably lower.