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Interventions and Family Programs

It’s devastating to find out that someone in your family has a chemical dependency problem.

Not only is there the daily challenge of dealing with the addictive behaviors of a loved one, many family members struggle with powerful feelings of guilt, resentment, and anger.

That’s why addiction is often called a family disease.

Help for the whole family

At Unity Chemical Dependency, we offer a variety of counseling, education, and support services to help family members deal with the difficulties that arise when a loved one has an alcohol or drug problem.

We strengthen families – and help them build healthy bonds – so they can make a vital contribution to their loved one’s recovery.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) Program

This new program is for people that grew up in a home where a parent(s) suffered from alcoholism or other form of substance abuse. Common shared experiences include: living with arbitrary rules, unpredictable behavior, verbal abuse etc.

Children may have learned survival skills that have carried through to adulthood. As an adult these survival skills can lead to unsuccessful relationships, shame, and silence.

Together, we'll help you to safely accept the past and understand how the past impacts current relationships and quality of life. We'll find strength, learn to develop healthy relationships, learn to trust and be trusted and more.

For more information and appointments contact Toni Cipolla, MS, CASCAC at (585) 368-4312 or tcipolla@unityhealth.org

Family Counseling

When a loved one enters treatment, family counseling is an important part of treatment.

That’s why we offer families the option of scheduling individual sessions with our family counselor for guidance and support.

The family counselor can meet with families as often as needed to help members support their loved one’s recovery and rebuild healthy communication techniques and boundaries.

  • Call 585-368-4312 to learn more about our Family Counseling program.

Overcoming Co-Dependency: A Group Therapy Program

When one family member starts abusing drugs or alcohol, other family members can become overly involved in an unhealthy way. This often results in a problem called “co-dependency.”

Family members who are diagnosed with co-dependency benefit from effective, caring treatment. That’s why we offer this specialized group therapy program. 

Once enrolled in the program, participants work with a Unity Chemical Dependency counselor who specializes in helping people overcome co-dependency.

Our counselor works closely with clients on an individualized basis to develop a treatment plan that helps them:

  • Identify their personal needs
  • Develop healthy boundaries
  • Learn & practice effective new communication skills
  • Explore & understand family roles
  • Gradually overcome their co-dependency problem
    • Call 585-368-4312 to learn more about our Co-Dependency Group Therapy Program.

Effective Interventions

People with chemical dependency problems can be difficult to help because they often resist the idea of getting treatment. They may even refuse to believe that they have a problem.

If someone in your family is resisting treatment, you may want to consider an “intervention” facilitated by a Unity Chemical Dependency expert.

What’s an intervention? It’s a carefully managed, non-threatening process for confronting family members about their alcohol and drug abuse problems and getting them to consider the possibility of treatment.

Interventions also help people with chemical dependency problems understand the destructive impact their addiction has on the people they love…and on themselves.

But here’s something to keep in mind. You don’t always need an intervention to get someone into treatment. So it’s a good idea to talk to an experienced family counselor for guidance.

  • Call 585-368-4312 to learn more about interventions and get tips on how you can help loved ones get the support and treatment they need.
  • Read more about our comprehensive Chemical Dependency treatment programs and services.

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