Loved ones often feel overwhelmed, confused, angry, fearful and unsure as to what to do or how to handle their particular situation. The Schnellenberger Family Foundation’s Family Educational Weekend at Recovery Boot Camp is geared towards the needs of the immediate family members of drug and alcohol addicts. The intent of the Weekend is to provide the family a complimentary three-day stay in South Florida with the addict, supporting him, and most importantly learning to be a force for healing and recovery. Recovery Boot Camp clients who have been in treatment for four weeks or more automatically qualify for the Family Weekend Weekend.
The Schnellenberger Family Foundation’s Family Weekend at Recovery Boot Camp is a cross between the client’s Basic Training program and the Basic Training: Family Edition educational webinar series. Like the client’s program, the curricula is up close and personal. And like the webinar series, the focus is on the family.
The Family Weekend boasts a full spectrum of Educational Workshops, with and without the client present. Among the topics covered are The Disease Concept, Understanding Addiction, The Chemically Dependent Family System, Codependency, Enabling vs. Supporting, Healthy vs. Unhealthy Boundaries, Communication Styles, Family Self-Care, Introduction to 12-Step programs AA and Al-Anon, as well as Mistaken Beliefs About Treatment and Recovery/Relapse. Here the families are provided the same tools for recovery that have been given their respected loved ones; only in this case those tools have been designed from the family’s perspective.
There’s also ample opportunity for interaction between attending families and their loved ones, including an open group Impact/Accountability Workshop. While the issues raised are often difficult to address, both families and clients say this is one of their favorite sessions.
The Schnellenberger Family Foundation Family Weekend takes place quarterly in Delray Beach, within walking distance of Recovery Boot Camp. And it is hosted and overseen by Recovery Boot Camp CEO Tim Schnellenberger and the entire RBC staff, including Clinical Director Lauren Tynes, COO/Lead Instructor David Zaiff, Minister to the Community Rabbi Mark Rotenberg, Lead Therapist Willow Donovan, Communications Director Nick Johnson and Director of Outreach Jon Raum.