Education & Groups

Family Education & Support Groups

Addiction is a family disease. Having a family member – a son, daughter, spouse, parent, brother or sister – who is struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction can be frightening, frustrating, depressing andall-consuming as you join them in a virtual roller coaster ride of highs and lows. LICADD’s Family Education Workshops & Support Groups will help you get grounded, learn some facts about addiction, and come up with strategies that will  help give you some peace of mind. You’ll gain perspective, new insights and walk away with new resources for coping with the disease of addiction. Most importantly, you’ll be able to connect with other families, understand that you’re not alone and secure LICADD as your trusted partner in whatever challenges you or your loved ones might face.

LICADD’s family education workshop series consists of three group sessions that repeat continuously in both our Nassau and Suffolk County offices. That means that you can join anytime and chose from two convenient locations.  Families that have completed the series have the option of continuing on with a planned intervention designed to encourage their loved one to seek chemical dependency treatment and/or they may attend our weekly family support groups.

Here’s an overview of the family education workshop series and its goals:

Session 1:  The Disease of Alcoholism & Drug Addiction
– Better understand the disease concept of drug/alcohol addiction
– Gain knowledge of the various classes of drugs and their effect on human behavior
– Recognize the hereditary nature of addiction

Session 2: Role of the Family
– Understand that addiction is a family disease
– Learn about the nature of co-dependency and enabling behavior
– Gain concrete strategies for maintaining YOUR sanity and detaching with love

Session 3: Treatment Modalities for Addiction
– Understand the various types of addiction treatment available – detox, inpatient, outpatient, etc.
– Get help accessing treatment services for the addicted person, regardless of ability to pay
– Become aware of services on Long Island for families of addicted persons

This series is designed for any family struggling with the pain and confusion of living with someone who is actively involved in addictive behavior.  We encourage entire families to attend together and completion of our series is often a first step towards reclaiming your life. LICADD’s family education workshop series meets:

In Nassau County on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00PM
114 Old Country Road, Suite 114, Mineola, NY 11501

In Suffolk County on Thursdays from 6:00-8:00PM
2805 Veterans Memorial Highway, Suite 26, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779


Please call us at 516-747-2606 or 631-979-1700 to let us know you’re coming. A $20 donation per person per session is suggested, but not required.

If you would like some ongoing support, LICADD’s new Family Support Group helps families get grounded, learn some facts about addiction, and come up with strategies that will give you some peace of mind. It is an opportunity to gain perspective, new insights and walk away with fresh resources for coping with the disease of addiction. Most importantly, support group members can connect with other families, and understand they are not alone.

Local residents with an addicted family member are welcome to attend, regardless of whether their loved one is in treatment, has begun the recovery process or is still actively using drugs or alcohol. Feel free to come as a family! The family support group is professionally facilitated, 100% confidential and meets simultaneously every Saturday from 10:00 to 11:30AM at LICADD’s Ronkonkoma office, located at 2805 Veterans Highway, Suite 26 and in our Mineola office located at 114 old Country Road, Suite 114. We also offer our professionally facilitated family support group on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00PM in our Riverhead office located at 877 East Main Street, Suite 107.

Please call us at 631-979-1700 or 516-747-2606 to let us know you’re coming. A $20 donation per person per session is suggested, but not required.