It’s no secret that drug and alcohol addiction is a family disease. The lives of the addict’s spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters, friends, and even their extended family are deeply affected. They want so desperately for their loved one to recover, and sometimes, they feel helpless. Family Night at Cornerstone originally began as a small group of people coming together to share their experiences, inspired by the need for families of addicts to receive support.

Today, we are proud to say that Family Night has become a staple for our clients, their families and friends, and even alumni of our program. The event is always free and open to the public, and anyone is welcome to attend whether or not you have a loved one in treatment at Cornerstone. For our clients whose families are too far to attend, we also invite their sponsors to take part in the events with them.

We offer separate bi-monthly Family Night events for those in our Traditional Program and members of our Co-occurring Mental Health Program. Since the needs of those battling addiction and a mental health disorder are different from those who are dealing with addiction, we provide customized programs for each group. The conversations tend to differ among each group and families may have different concerns. The traditional group is led by Bob Scardino, our Clinical Director, and the mental health group is led by Barbara Hernandez, Co-Occurring Services Program Director. Each event is held on the same night twice per month – check our blog for the date of our next meeting.

What to Expect at Family Night: Learning from Other Families of Addicts

The event usually begins with time for the group to socialize and get to know each other. Our goal is to facilitate natural, meaningful conversations and to remind those with a loved one struggling with addiction that they’re not alone – others are also going through a similar experience.

After socializing, everyone gathers into a group discussion led by one of Cornerstone’s therapists. All attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions to better understand what their loved one is going through, and what their personal role is in the recovery process. The alumni often provide insight for the families of what their loved ones are going through, and sometimes, a speaker is invited to share his or her story, as long as they have been sober for at least two years. At our last Family Night meeting, we heard from an alumnus who is a Nurse Practitioner. While staying at a sober living home, she has gone back to work in her field and is thriving.

Get Help Dealing with a Family Member’s Addiction

If someone you love is battling addiction, we encourage you to join us for Family Night. After each event, people leave with a greater understanding of the journey of addiction and recovery, and the comfort of knowing they have a support group. We also include Family Services in our treatment program as part of our commitment to healing the family. For more information about Family Night, please contact Tracie Duich at (954) 556-7441 ext. 102 or Tracie@Cornerstonefl.com.