Family Recovery


Many families never thought drugs would be an issue in their lives, but now they are—and they’re at a loss as to what to do, who to talk to or where to turn. Addiction is a family disease, and often times we become as sick as our loved one who is struggling with addiction.

A family recovery coach can help family members find peace and regain their lives.


What is a Family Recovery Coach?

  • Provides support and guidance to families who have a loved one struggling

  • Develops strategies to create positive change throughout the family dynamic

  • Assists to create a calm, non-judgmental environment

  • Helps family members establish healthy boundaries

  • Guides them to additional community resources

How does it work?

  • Our coaches can work with a single family member or the entire family.

  • Participants should be open to considering alternative methods of communication and behavioral actions. 

  • One-hour coaching sessions generally occur once or twice a week at an agreed upon time and place (up to 24 sessions). 

This is a free service. To request a family coach click here.

Interested in becoming a Family Recovery Coach?

Here's what you need:

  • Lived experienced with someone with substance use disorder

  • Compassion to help other families heal

  • Attend 5 Day CCAR Recovery Coach Academy at no cost ($850 value). Must attend all 5 days to receive achievement certificate. Registration is required.

  • Knowledge or experience with support groups (FA, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon, etc) preferred but not required

  • Attend an additional 3-hour local new-hire orientation class 

  • Pass a background check and a sex offender registry check

  • Pass a drug screen within 48 hours of being offered a position

  • Must have reliable transportation

  • Available to work on a part-time contractual basis with FAN. (Position & hours are not guaranteed.)

  • This is a paid position

"Dawn has been so supportive, and through her own experience helped me to learn, understand and maintain some clarity about addiction, characteristics of addiction, expectations, self-care, letting go with love, ENABLING, and many of the pitfalls that may occur. 

I can’t express how grateful I am to FAN and especially Dawn, for her guidance and support throughout the many months we were together.  FAN’s Family Recovery Coaching concept and the coaching Dawn provided has helped me to understand and navigate this world of addiction, which I knew nothing about.  I was numb, petrified, confused, didn’t know where to turn, and so very afraid of losing my son.  My world and that of my family, was in chaos and crashing down around me! 

Dawn is truly amazing, and I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity and privilege to have her as my coach! "


If you are interested in becoming a Family Recovery Coach for FAN, please complete the form below.  One of our supervisors will contact you shortly.

This project is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Substance Fiscal Year 2018 State Opioid Response Grant (SOR) T/-18-015, awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of SAMHSA or MDHHS.

FAN offers Interpretative/Mobility Services. If you are interested in Family Recovery Coaching, but need assistance due to limited English language proficiency or hearing/sight/physical impairment, please contact us at, or call 586-438-8500.