Mountainside Supporting Families Through Virtual Workshop Series

Published on August 16, 2022
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Canaan, CT – Mountainside treatment center is launching an ongoing series of virtual family wellness workshops that will provide knowledge about some of the most pivotal aspects of recovery as family members seek to build their own support network. The workshops will also serve as a safe and nurturing space for family members to ask questions and share their experiences with addiction. The launch of this workshop series represents an enrichment of offerings for family members that is consistent with Mountainside’s holistic approach to wellness and treatment, focused on providing a compassionate experience for clients and their families.

Research has shown that involving family members in addiction treatment increases entry into treatment and is linked to better overall outcomes for the individual struggling with addiction.

“Addiction impacts the whole family as a system. As individuals in recovery continue their path of sobriety, we understand that their loved ones may also need additional resources and support. These workshops are a way of showing our support for those who have provided unconditional love to their family members struggling with addiction,” said Bruce Dechert, Director of Family Wellness at Mountainside.

The workshop series, led by licensed and credentialed clinicians, is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will go towards the Mountainside Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for comprehensive addiction treatment services to individuals in need.

The first workshop, entitled Family Roles will take place virtually on Wednesday, August 17 at 5pm EST. The aim of the Family Roles workshop is to help families gain a better understanding of the impacts of stress and the roles each family member takes on, in order to find balance for themselves. Future workshops will cover topics such as Wellness into Action, Healing Relationships, and Neurobiology of Addiction.

To register for the Family Roles workshop and to access the full schedule of workshop dates and descriptions, visit Immediately following each workshop, Mountainside will have a virtual Family Support group available to help create a supportive environment for family members to build a network of shared experiences.