The Kemah Palms Family Weekend

Talking to FamilyThere are very good reasons that chemical dependency is called a family disease; the entire system is affected in subtle and dramatic ways. Promises are broken, dreams abandoned and hopes crushed under the onslaught of obsessive and compulsive substance use. Not all members of the family are chemically dependent; but all are affected by chemical dependency-no one exists in a vacuum.

Consistently observed in families dealing with chemical dependency, members are taught to not trust, edit feelings and avoid conflicts. People living in the same home can lose the ability to communicate and end up harboring ill will, confusion and hurt feelings.

Whether your family is going through a loved one’s treatment for the first time, or a veteran of several attempts to get clean and sober, the Kemah Palms Family Weekend is designed to do the following:

  • Assist the family system in understanding the nature of substance use disorder
  • Promote direct communication among family members
  • Provide a way for family members to express repressed thoughts and feelings
  • Identify the “rules and roles” that help families survive the effects of addiction
  • Introduce the twelve steps programs of Al Anon, and Codependents Anonymous
  • Develop a plan of recovery that includes an individual and family plan
  • Teach the do’s and don’ts when living with addiction

Using a blend of experiential and educational approaches, the Kemah Palms Family Weekend is a three-day intensive program offered monthly and led by our masters-level, licensed clinician, Noel Love. The session is ideal for immediate family members, significant partners and others who are closely associated with the chemically dependent person. Throughout the three days, participants will experience a series of educational lectures, multi-family groups, individual family counseling and the development of a family recovery plan. You also will be exposed to Al Anon and given an eyewitness glance into what your loved one’s recovery looks like in Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or Cocaine Anonymous. When the entire family recovers, everyone benefits and the likelihood of your loved one achieving long-term sobriety increases.

At Kemah Palms Recovery Center, we take a systemic approach to treating substance use disorder; we believe that best practices include treating the entire system, not just the alcoholic or drug addict. We believe that recovery is a family affair and that your family deserves to participate in a powerful, dynamic session that promises to make possible positive change.

10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Family Weekend

When is Family Weekend?

Once a month Kemah Palms holds a three-day intensive family weekend starting Friday at 5:00pm and ending Sunday at 3:00pm.

Who is eligible to attend the family weekend?

We encourage anyone who has a significant relationship with the chemically dependent person to attend the weekend. The only prohibition is that we do not want anyone present who intends to disrupt or not support the recovery.

What if my loved one doesn’t want us to participate? What then?

The family weekend is for the family and we believe that even if the alcoholic or drug addict chooses not to get sober, participating in the weekend program helps the family anyway.

Do we have to attend the entire thing?

Yes, because of the nature of the information and how it is presented, it is essential that participants be at all sessions. We would rather you reschedule for another weekend than attend a partial session.

What about children? What is considered too young when it comes to attending the family weekend?

This is a case by case decision. Most children already know that a problem exists in the home and need a chance to attend treatment. However, due to the long hours and emotional intensity of the workshop, it is recommended that children be at least 8 if they are to participate. Due to room limitations, we limit each client’s family to 4 or 5 participants.

How does the family weekend get scheduled?

Upon admission, your loved one is assigned a primary counselor who will inform you of upcoming weekend dates and ensure you get registered.

What if because of personal reasons, we cannot all be in the same session?

You are encouraged to have participants attend separate weekends if that is needed.

What about meals and lodging during the three-day session?

Members are responsible for lodging and Kemah Palms Recovery Center has secured special pricing at a local hotel. On Friday, Kemah Palms Recovery Center will provide the meals for all, along with lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday are the responsibility of the family.

What is the policy for taking a pass? Can we take our loved one out following the three-day weekend session?

Because of the time demands of the three-day session, clients are not allowed passes on the weekend that they attend.

What is the policy about family members drinking or drugging while participating in the family session?

For several reasons, we ask that while participating in the weekend experience, all participants agree to remain free of mood altering substances. If medication is required, we ask that it not be brought onto our property and that it be medication prescribed to you. By not drinking or drugging you are giving a strong message of support to your loved one. In addition, the weekend tends to be emotional and the value of this is watered down when substances are used.