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WWhat If ......

What if...  The flow of a family's Journey in substance use disorder was known by the family in defining each of the 12 key stress issues they will possibly face along the way.  

What if...  They could identify how to define an issue, how the issue impacts their family, how to prepare for the issue, who is here to help the family and what to expect as a possible outcome.  

What if...  This became their new coping skill (how to breakdown an issue) which is reinforced by using a simple step by step tool.  Let's say they could do all this from their empowerment through education which they received and thereby, learned how not to be victimized by this epidemic. their new reality is to get in front of these issues and take control by using their newly acquired  knowledge. 

What if...  Each family had a plan in how to use The four primary family support structures from within their local community.  

How about if... Their community also learned these skills and together they build services  and networks that specifically addressed the family members needs in their journey with addiction:  1. City/Community professionals/ Agencies Services, 2. Schools, 3. Faith Organizations.   We believe this activity will breakdown the stigma and allow the families a safe space to come and learn, grow and unite, by standing up to stand together as a community of one in our drug epidemic.  

Can we agree... The key to do this is EMPOWERMENT of the family thru knowledge,  We need to go to the annual "Addiction & Family Empowerment Conferences" in May.  we need to share in the "Best of the Cities Bests Practices", we need to provide Faith Based Organizations a universal model for  "Invest in the Family" ministry outreach, and present learning tracks for the family members through "The Family Solution Finder" learning seminars for the family though providers and organizations like yours. 

If you want to learn more... Take a moment to sign up and become a "Friend of the Family" membership is free but the impact is significant.   


Family Empowerment happens when the members of a family take ownership over an issue, knowing they can address it with steps of confidence and something can be done by them in each stage of the journey regardless of what is happening. They understand the key issues (through educations and learning), they are organized to address these issues (through having the right skills and tools), they are in a networked of their own design with support resources in advance, because they know most o f the twist and turns that lie ahead in their future. 



Hemostasis is the family‚Äôs natural way of seeking balance. The family understands (knowingly or not) their goal, to help each other in life and to keep the family as a system "in-balance". When a family members' behavior becomes disruptive to the family unit, it causes imbalance in their roles and relationships. As the family responds to this undesired behavior, it compensates by making adjustments. The greater the behavior, the greater the required adjustments. An example of a family would be; take a family of four, two parents two children. Suddenly one child starts to present addiction behavior. This draws the attention from both parents, absorbing their time and resources. The second child is left on their own while years of attention, stress and worrying become the norm. From a development standpoint, the second child has been emotionally and in many ways physical abandon. The family system is out of its order and it will likely take therapy sessions to bring the family members back into alignment. This is taught in Part 1 Seminar #3 of the study guide and workbook. A 1.5 hr session with learning video reviews the different types of family therapy to empower the family in seeking the care they need by educating them on what to ask for, who to ask and what to expect as the outcome. This learning becomes their Family Empowerment. 

Cities, Schools and Professional Providers

Best of the Cities Best Practices. Packaging the professional clinical and non clinical services provided; so a family can easily access these areas which are designed to meet their needs.  Often the problem is to know where to go and once there what to ask for and what to expect. Best of the Cities Best Practices identifies all 88 counties best practices in addressing the family members needs for support in substance use disorders.  The family is now networked into their community services. 

Learn how to survive the journey

The Family Solution Finder, Learning tracks for family on a journey with substance use disorder. The family members learn what are the  12 key issues faced in this journey, with insights from experts to guide their family members. There are over 30 leanring seminars, each is self administrated at home or in a group. You do not need to have knowledge of the topic prior to presenting this content. The library of seminars covers the family members entire journey with substance use disorders. Then family member is now knowledgeable in their response-ability.

Family Transformational Response (F.T.R.) Model

Family Transformation Response Model, Learn how to use the Family Transformational response (F.T.R.) model to address any of the 12 issues a family faces in their journey with addiction. The solution often sits inside a better understanding of the problem.  The family now has a tool to breakdown any issue they face and make a strong decision in how to best move forward. 

Child Resilience Program for Middle School's 

Preventure Program for middle school personality identification for coping skills.


It is a disease of the brain, let's provide services that treats it like a chronic disease.

The Abacus, Chronic Disease Management in Substance Use Disorder is an "Alternate Site of Care" model that delivers services after Acute Care IOP treatment center discharge. The admit to "The Abacus" covers the timeline, post discharge for five years to increase outcomes of successful life long abstinence.  The goal is to significantly decrease relapses by staying with the patient, providing them services that work inside the known best practice of the alternate site of care industry (Home Healthcare) . The model includes Primary Care, Mental Health, Addiction Counseling, Faith Group outreach, Community Services and other specialty groups both clinical and non clinical.  it is outcomes based. 

The Invest in the Family Ministry

Invest in the Family Ministry, A universal model that offers strategy, structure and process for a faith organizations to provide meaningful outreach to their congregation families on a journey with substance use disorder.  The family members can go to their place of faith practice and start a substance use disorder family ministry. 

Get your Family into Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) reduce relapse to 66%. 

Your family can make a huge difference in relapse.

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If only someone had told me this in advance......

Addiction impacts the entire family system. 

Where to go for help

That all depends

Knowing the issue you are facing, empowers a family to seek the right level of help and assistance. 

The journey is also about making changes. Everything Changes. 

One step at a time

There are 5 steps in Change. Know them and determine which one is yours.