A Family Recovery Plan

An online discussion series for family members impacted by a loved one's addiction


Your family member is leading a destructive life--but that doesn't mean your life has to be destroyed as well. This online discussion series introduces you to a recovery plan that can help you move

from a life of despair to a life of hope and purpose.

A Weekly 12-Step Family Recovery Plan

(All sessions run from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

Note: Registration for all sessions closes 1 hour prior to posted start time.

August 12, 2020

Step 1: Facing the Truth   REGISTER NOW

I admit my child is abusing drugs or alcohol. Your loved one is destroying their life through the abuse of drugs or alcohol.   It's time to decide how this experience will impact you. Will you allow your own life to be destroyed – or will you find hope and purpose? 

August 26, 2020

Step 2: Grieving Your Loss   REGISTER NOW

I grieve the loss of a healthy relationship with my child and the expectations I have for my child's future. Your child's substance use disorder has left you in mourning. The grief you feel is like the grief felt when a loved one has actually died.

Examining your losses can help you grieve in a healthy way and move forward in life.

September 9, 2020

Step 3: It's Not Your Fault   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I release my burden of guilt by refusing to accept responsibility for my child's decisions. As the parent of a child with substance use disorder, your sense of guilt can be overwhelming. But failing to resolve these feelings can lead to enabling your child's destructive behavior and interfere with their recovery.

September 23, 2020

Step 4: Worry Doesn't Work   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I recognize I am powerless to control my child's behavior and that my worry is unproductive. As the parent of a child with substance use disorder, you have spent significant time and energy attempting to control your child's behavior. But ultimately, you can't control another person and your obsessive worry is ineffective. 

October 14, 2020

Step 5: The Power of Natural Consequences   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I refuse to support my child's destructive behavior and will allow my child to experience the natural consequences. When your child is facing the crisis of substance use disorder, your natural response is to step in and fix things. Although your intentions are good, stepping in to rescue your child denies them a valuable learning opportunity.

October 28, 2020

Step 6: Returning Peace to Your Home   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I acknowledge the negative impact my child is having on my family and take necessary steps to restore peace to my home. Your addicted child can tear your family apart. All your time and energy are focused on the needs of one person. It's important to recognize that other family members continue to need your love and attention as well.

November 11, 2020

Step 7: Taking Care of Yourself   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I develop coping strategies to promote my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. As the parent of a child with substance use disorder, your entire life is tainted by sadness and stress. It's important to take care of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health so you can support your child from a place of wellness.

November 25, 2020

Step 8: Finding Purpose in Difficult Times   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I identify ways in which good can emerge from my circumstances. Substance use disorder can have a significant negative impact on family members. But while it may seem like a paradox, this situation with the potential to destroy can instead be used for personal growth and change. 

December 9, 2020

Step 9: Forgiveness Is Possible   REGISTRATION COMING SOON

I forgive the hurt my child is causing me and remain open to future reconciliation. When someone has hurt you deeply, it's difficult to imagine you can forgive that person. But you must either continue to carry a load of anger and resentment or make the decision to forgive.  


Step 10: Loving Someone You Don't Like  

I make a conscious decision to love my child unconditionally, treating my child with dignity and respect. Addicted individuals, by definition, are focused on themselves and their need for drugs or alcohol. That makes it difficult to have a relationship with them. But you can make the decision to continue to express your love and support.


Step 11: When You've Done Everything You Can 

I relinquish my hold on my child and acknowledge my responsibility for parenting is done. There comes a time when you must acknowledge your responsibility for parenting is over. If you continue the same level of involvement in your child's life that you always have, your child will never become an emotionally healthy adult.


Step 12: A Life of Purpose  

I find hope by focusing on my future and living a life of purpose. If your child continues a life of destruction, you may believe your life must be weighed down by sadness. But it is possible to find a life of hope and purpose, regardless of your child's decisions.

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

Families Against Narcotics
18900 15 Mile Road

Clinton Township, MI 48035

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