Family Therapy Program

Addiction doesn’t just affect a single individual. It has devastating effects on everyone in the family. That’s why here at Nexus Recovery, our outpatient treatment program offers weekly family coaching sessions and a three-day Family Intensive Program. We also provide family therapy when clinically appropriate.

According to research, healing the family is needed before an individual can achieve long-term recovery and overcome the damage done by addiction. Substance abuse causes everyone associated with an addict to suffer, which is why involving the family is so important to the recovery process.

We strongly encourage our clients to involve at least one family member, close friend, or loved one to be actively involved with them throughout their recovery. We understand that doing so involves quite a bit of sacrifice on that individual’s part. However, we also know that sacrifice is a necessary one. Having someone who is engaged and well-informed is essential for helping an addict achieve sobriety and maintain it long term.

Here at Nexus Recovery, family treatment is included as part of our program services. It consists of coaching calls and weekly updates from each client’s therapist. During these calls, the therapist will talk about the individual’s progress and personal struggles as they relate to the family. In addition, we host a three-day Family Intensive workshop every two months. This program combines the work that has been done with families and clients up to that point. In offering this program, we hope to spark a change in family dynamics wherever possible.

About Our Family Intensive Program

Through our Family Intensive, we provide a multifaceted experience for our clients and their family members.

While attending our Family Intensive seminar, clients and their loved ones will participate in activities such as:


  • Al-Anon/CoDA/Families Anonymous, or 12-step exposure
  • Communication sessions
  • Education related to addiction and family systems
  • Experiential activities
  • Individual therapy and counseling
  • Psychoeducational sessions

We strongly believe in the importance of solid family relationships when it comes to addiction recovery. That’s why each one of our clients will participate in our Family Intensive seminar. This program is specifically designed to assist our clients and their family members by setting them up for success once they have left our care. With a strong support system in place and the right tools for overcoming challenges, you will be in the best possible position to maintain your sobriety.

Many of the family members we meet are unfamiliar with addiction and the recovery process in general. As such, our goal is to provide education about these things. At the same time, we want to help family members heal from the effects of a loved one’s addiction. We understand that drug and alcohol dependency holds everyone in the family hostage. With our program, we strive to help people through our Los Angeles family therapy.

During our Family Program, participants build on what is learned each day. Identification, support, and trust is developed and increases greatly as the program progresses. Here at Nexus Recovery, we appreciate the fact that family members are willing to sacrifice their time to help others. We know that healing the family and addiction recovery go hand in hand, which is why we do everything possible to ensure our clients and their loved ones are able to participate in family treatment.

Meet Our Family Program Facilitator

Jeanie Griffin, DD, LPC, LMFT, LCDC, is the developer and founder of the Family Intensive Program here at Nexus Recovery.

As a licensed psychotherapist and treatment program consultant, Jeanie holds licenses in both Texas and California. She has more than 30 years of experience in addiction treatment and recovery, and she has served in a number of roles over the years. Those roles include:

  • Clinical director of treatment programs
  • Faculty member at UCLA addiction counselor training program
  • Private practice therapist
  • Clinical consultant to treatment programs
  • Facilitator and developer of family programs
  • Spiritual director

To date, more than 1,200 clients and family members have attended her nationally-acclaimed program titled “Head, Heart, and Feet.” This program combines 12-step spiritual principles with experiential activities and psycho-education sessions. Ms. Griffin’s work focuses on spirituality, simplicity, and maintaining a sense of humor, and is dedicated to healing individuals, families, and communities.

Are you considering treatment for yourself or a family member? If so, please contact us today to find out more about our recovery treatment options, including our Los Angeles family therapy. We offer a wide variety of programs, including an outpatient program and intensive outpatient program. We look forward to helping you and your loved ones fully heal from the scars of addiction.

Family Therapy and Addiction Treatment: Why It is Important

When it comes to addiction, the family system is often similar to that of a mobile that is hanging over a baby’s crib.

When a stressor such as the loss of a job hits, the mobile will begin to vibrate. Eventually, the mobile will become still again and life will then return to normal. However, if there is a major stressor, one of the figures could get knocked off of the mobile. In that case, it would become lopsided. After a while, the fact that the mobile is lopsided will become normal to that family. As children grow up and leave the home, they carry this “lopsided” view into the world.

Those with a lopsided worldview often seek out relationships with others who have similar ways of thinking. Whether they are personal or business relationships, ones involving two “lopsided” individuals rarely work out. If you are involved in such a relationship, you will need to reflect on what you personally need to change. In that way, you can avoid having the same results you have become accustomed to.

One goal of our Family Intensive is to help you look at how and why you have adapted to certain situations. You’ll learn how adapting to those circumstances continue to affect your life. Our team of experts will guide you and your family members, helping you learn about yourselves and giving practical advice for healing from events.

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