The PathFinders recognizes that chemical dependency is a family disease, that family relationships are often severely damaged as a patient's disease progresses, and that the person in treatment has a greater chance for recovery when family members and significant others are involved in treatment. Therefore, special emphasis is placed on the family's involvement in the recovery process. The PathFinders' has developed ongoing programs specifically for family members and significant others who have a loved one either in or who have completed treatment in The PathFinders' Intensive Outpatient or Residential Inpatient Programs.
The PathFinders holds weekly family meetings that are open to any family member or significant other over 12 years of age. The meetings consist of educational sessions and open discussions. An intensive family weekend seminar is held each month.
Family Program presentations are designed to provide family members with accurate information on the nature and dynamics of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies. The Family Program is designed to increase the awareness of the effects of codependency on family members' lives as individuals and as part of the family system. Specific information on enabling behavior that accompanies codependency is provided to help facilitate understanding that a meaningful recovery includes the entire family. Family members who wish to attend the weekend seminar are required to attend both Saturday and Sunday. The patient will participate on Sunday afternoon with their family. The PathFinders also hosts weekly Al-Anon meetings and family members or significant others are encouraged to attend these and other Al-Anon meetings to begin their own process of recovery.