Family Services

Addiction is a family illness. CenterPointe Hospital is helping families recover.

It’s difficult acknowledging and accepting a family member’s dependency on alcohol or other drugs. What many family members don’t realize is the impact that individual’s dependency can have on their lives…not just the addicted individual him- or herself. Many emotions, behaviors, reactions and relationships are built around or rooted in the negative effects and repercussions of addictive behavior. As family members learn more about addiction as a disease, they also learn about how that disease has affected them as well.


Family Program

CenterPointe’s Chemical Dependency Family Program is a comprehensive education program that helps family members and friends learn about addiction, how it affects their loved one and how it affects their lives as well. The program meets on two Saturdays each month from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 8-hour education program is available for families with a patient at CenterPointe as well as to those whose family member has not yet sought help for his or her addiction. The cost is $50 per family.

Session topics include:

  • Overview of the Recovery Process
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Trans-itions and the Trauma of Recovery
  • Couples and Families in Recovery
  • Parenting in Recovery
  • Addiction as a Disease*

*Topic presented by Chemical Dependency Services Medical Director David Ohlms, MD


For more information or to register, call Steve May, MA, MFT, NCC, LPC, SMFT at 314.842.4463.


Family Group

CenterPointe provides a support group for family and significant others of patients currently receiving treatment for addiction at CenterPointe. The group meets one evening each week to offer support, and informal education and discussion about addiction, its effects on the family and family recovery issues.


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