Supporting the Family
A substance abuse problem affects all aspects of a person’s life, including relationships, families, and children. For this reason all loved ones need to be involved in the treatment process.
Livengrin helps families heal themselves and, in the process, foster a new relationship with their person in treatment that is most conducive for recovery.
Livengrin Terms and Definitions
|12-Step Program– Peer-based, grassroots movement that provides recovery support|
|AA-12 step program designed for people with alcohol addiction|
|Aftercare– Recommended next steps following a level of care|
|Al-Anon– 12 step support for families of alcoholics|
|Alternative Treatment– A form of treatment that may or may not be evidenced base|
|Assessment-Clinical intervention whereas the proper level of care (if any) is determined|
|Bump Up-Moving to a more intensive level of care|
|CARF- Third Party Accreditation Agency for substance abuse treatment facilities|
|CBT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy|
|Co-occurring Disorders-Presence of both a substance use and mental health disorder|
|Co-Pay– Patient Financial responsibility when seeking medical or behavioral health treatment services (called co-insurance when it is a percentage of the fee example 80% covered, 20% paid by patient)|
|DBT-Dialectical Behavior Therapy|
|DDAP- Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is the agency responsible for granting and renewing facility licenses|
|Dual Diagnosis– Presence of both a substance use and mental health disorder (also called co-occurring disorder)|
|EAP-Employee Assistance Professional. This person is a third party advocate to help employees, and often their covered dependents confidentially obtain behavioral health or substance abuse help within the confines of their health plans.|
|Enabling-Continued support of maladaptive behavior|
|Evidence-Based Treatment-Treatment models rooted and supported by research|
|Extended Care- Similar to Halfway house, a longer length of stay commonly used after residential rehab. A combination recovery house with a full day partial program can be an excellent extended program for certain patients|
|Halfway House– A licensed level of care; less intense than residential rehab but with professional staff unlike recovery houses|
|Holistic Treatment– Mind, Body, Spirit|
|In Network Provider-A facility that has pre-negotiated contract rates and terms with your insurance plan, usually, accepts all HMO type policies.|
|Intervention– The science of increasing motivation to change behaviors|
|The Joint Commission-A third Party accreditation agency for both behavioral and physical health organizations. Livengrin has been accredited since 1980|
|LOS-Length of Stay at a particular level of care or an entire continuum of care|
|MAT– Medication Assisted Treatment|
|MRT– Moral Recantation Therapy|
|NA-12 step program for people with drug addictions|
|Nar-Anon-12 step support for families of addicts|
|Narcan– Medication used to revive someone from an overdose|
|Out of network provider– A facility that has no existing contract with your carrier but is licensed by their state to provide addiction treatment. If your plan has a PPO benefit, you can go to any licensed provider and your insurance will cover it, although usually with higher deductible payments. Make sure you understand if you are responsible for any uncovered services or balances that your insurance company won’t pay.|
|PCC-Patient Care Coordinator. Aftercare person who helps with non-clinical need and helps get patient engaged in early recovery|
|PHP-Partial hospitalization program also called “partial” or more recently “Day treatment” is a full day treatment program, usually similar to the inpatient schedule but the patient may go home (or to a sober living house) in the evening and possibly the weekend.|
|Precertification– Often called a “pre-cert”, is the authorization required by most insurance companies to admit a covered patient into treatment after reviewing the patient’s assessment|
|Prom note: A legal and binding promissory note where the facility agrees to special terms to allow the patient to pay for their uncovered fees or deductibles over time. (Do not just sign these in crisis without knowing what you are signing)|
|Public Provider– A treatment facility that accepts most Medicaid and publicly funded county policies.|
|Recovery– A profound, progressive change of thought, behavior and attitudes and the ability to adapt to life on life’s terms without the use of alcohol and or drugs|
|Recovery House– A private business that provides a highly structured recovery oriented living environment (more strict than a sober house)|
|Relapse– The return of addictive behavior|
|Sober Living– A private residential living facility that provides a supportive recovery living environment|
|Step-Down- Moving to a less intensive level of care|
|Suboxone– Medication that is partial agonist and antagonist used to treat opioid addiction.|
|UDS or UT-Urine drug screen or Urine Test|
|Verification-This is the first step in gaining insurance coverage where the patient’s plan is confirmed and the payment balances if any are provided to the patient. This is usually done by the treatment provider.|
|Vivitrol– An opioid agonist medication- opioid receptor blocker-non-narcotic used in the treatment of opioid and alcohol-related disorders|
Family Counseling Services
Livengrin understands that active addiction affects more than just the patient. Families and loved almost always share the fear, shame, and endure emotional and financial hardship that comes with active addiction.
Livengrin Family Support includes the free Day of Enlightenment. This resource is open to the public and requires no registration. This basic three-hour program is available on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Livengrin feels that this basic information is so important that we actually require all visitors who wish to see their loved one in treatment attend this program.
Day of Enlightenment
This vitally important program helps the family learn and adjust their thinking and feelings, and prepare for what everyone hopes will be a sober life for their loved one.
Families and other caregivers will learn how to take care of themselves, how to stop their own enabling behaviors, and how to help the patient adapt to a life without drugs or alcohol. A family therapist will help you understand the background of addiction – the genetic, biological, environmental, and other aspects of the disease.
See the complete list of Livengrin programs for the family, including our parents group, Livengrin Perspective for Parents.
Mark Your Calendar: Come to the next Day of Enlightenment to get ready for a sober life for your loved one.
Learn: Educate yourself on addiction and recovery.
Fun: Make sure that you all have time to enjoy yourselves.
The staff at Livengrin Family Services helps families and loved ones heal themselves and, in the process, foster a new relationship with their person in treatment that is most conducive for recovery.
Livengrin Family Support includes the free Perspectives for Parents Group. This resource is open to the public and requires no registration.
Livengrin knows from experience and research that the family also needs to recover from the loved one’s addiction. They’re usually experiencing frustration, guilt, anger, disappointment, and fear. Commonly, family members adjust their thinking and behavior to deal with the addicted person. Here are some things you will learn at Livengrin:
- The basics of addiction and the mind
- “Enabling” vs. “Helping,” boundaries
- Managing expectations for the patient’s return home (his or hers and yours)
- Terminology of the disease: “Pink clouds,” “PAWS,” etc.
- Medically Assisted Treatment/Vivitrol
- Ongoing supports available both through Livengrin and the community for family/loved ones
- 12-step recovery for the family
For more information, contact the Family Program via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support: Seek caregiver support and begin to try and change the only thing you can - you! It’s the only way to help your loved one.
Remember: I didn't cause it, I can't change it, I can't control it, and I can't cure it.
You: Take care of yourself, go to meetings yourself, get help for yourself, this is a family disease.
Livengrin Family Toolkit
The Livengrin Family Toolkit brings basic addiction and recovery resources to the families affected by the disease of addiction.
Livengrin Family Services
Discover all of the services Livengrin offers to support and educate families through the addiction process. Help break your loved one’s addiction by learning to restrict exposure to specific medications.
Livengrin Detaching with Love
Learn more about understanding, the importance of self-care, and the emotions that are intertwined with your loved one’s problem.
Livengrin Do and Do Not List
Learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of your relationship with your recovering loved one.
Livengrin What Why Who of Addiction
See the reasons for “chemical dependency” and whom it affects.
Day of Enlightenment Program
Family members, loved ones, and friends ages 14 and up, are welcome to attend our family education program, Day of Enlightenment, to learn about the disease of addiction.
Medications to Avoid
A list of prescription and over the counter drugs, and other common household products to avoid in recovery.
Perspectives for Parents
Join the weekly Livengrin Parent Support Group to learn and discuss such topics as healthy boundaries, effective communication, and the importance of self-care.
See the Livengrin Calendar to stay up to date on all Livengrin family events.
|The Brain from Top to Bottom is a user friendly website on the brain and development||www.thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/index_i.html|
|Genetic Science Learning Centerhelps you take a closer look at the genetic component||www.learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/genetics|
|National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) is an excellent resource for information pertaining to mental health/co-occurring disorders||www.nami.org|
|National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers information on the physiological effects that substances have on the body||www.nida.nih.gov/NIDAHome.html|
|Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) provides resources, workshops and fun events||www.proact.org|
|Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supplies statistics and data on chemical dependency and recovery rates||www.samhsa.gov|
|For California-Therapist Finder is a search engine designed to help you find a therapist by location, specialty and insurance providers||www.therapistfinder.com|
|12-STEP FELLOWSHIP & OTHER SUPPORT GROUPS|
|Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)||www.adultchildren.org|
|Al-Anon Information service of the Delaware Valley||www.aisdv.org|
|Al-Anon & Al-a-teen||www.al-anon.alateen.org|
|Because I Love You (BILY) is a non 12-step support group for parents only||www.bily.org|
|Codependents Anonymous (CODA)||www.codependents.org|
|Dual Recovery Anonymous for those with co-occurring disorders||www.draonline.org|
|Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP)||www.grasphelp.org/meetings|
|One Recovery is an online social network for those in recovery||www.onerecovery.com|
|Recovering Couple’s Anonymous||www.recovering-couples.org|
|The Support Group Project helps you find a local support group||www.supportgroupproject.org|
|Rehab warning signs||www.addictioncareoptions.com/ten-warning-flags-untrustworthy-rehab-facility|
|Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc.||www.buckscounty.org/LivingAndWorking/drugandalcoholcommission/DrugAlcoholTreatment|
|PA Gambling Commission||www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov/?p=66|
|Bucks County Recovery House Assoc||www.bucksrecoveryhouses.com|
|AA meeting list||www.aasepia.org/meetings|
|AA South Jersey meeting list||www.aasj.org/pages/meetingHome2.html|
|AA Central New Jersey meeting list||www.centraljerseyintergroup.org/meetings|
|NA Eastern Pennsylvania meeting list||www.eparna.org/meetings/meetings-map/|
|NA Greater Philadelphia meeting list||www.naworks.org/find-a-meeting|
|NA New Jersey meeting list||www.narcoticsanonymousnj.org/meetings|
|CA Pennsylvania & South Jersey meeting||www.caphilly.org/about/|
|CA New Jersey meeting||www.nj-ca.org/index.php/find-a-meeting|
|AL-ANON Pennsylvania meeting list||www.pa-al-anon.org/?post_type=tsml_meeting|
|AL-ANON Delaware Valley meeting list||www.aisdv.org/meetings.html|
|AL-ANON New Jersey meeting list||http://www.nj-al-anon.org/al-anon-meetings-2|
|Nar-Anon Family Meeting Groups list||www.nar-anon.org/find-a-meeting|