Heartland Recovery Center offers a program component called Family Dynamics. Regardless of the progress or duration of the early recovery phase, the individuals with whom the client will reside with or have close contact with following treatment and within his/her recovery journey, have been and will remain affected by the disorder. The family is part of the system, and as such has been affected by the reality of the progression of the disorder. Historically, the family has experienced problems as a result of shifting to balance problems, attempting to manage the issues, and seeking a norm or working safety zone. Typically, family members split into their own well intentioned efforts to minimize the problems and consequences, or have attempted to manage the consequences by rescuing, enabling, or often engaging in conflict with other members as they tried to set boundaries and get the client to change. As the client shifts in the phases of early treatment and recovery, the family may be stuck in a cycle of reacting and responding as they did before treatment.
The inclusion of this group offers family members the formal opportunity to participate in the treatment process as a family group with a professional. The family membership becomes a collaborative and essential part of the treatment experience. The Family Dynamics groups address boundary setting, expectations, and empowers the members in a manner that supports recovery. The family is included as the system naturally shifts in response to changes the individual achieves. The family will participate in and support a long-term recovery plan, become a member of a supportive team, and will understand and remove the enabling factors that had served to keep the entire system in a state of pain and chaos.