An Authentic Alternative to Conventional Treatment, Because it’s Recovery
Who We Are
Family Inspired Recovery is an Alternative Peer Group providing positive peer engagement through prosocial activities, family engagement, and group support. We have found that success in teenage recovery depends upon relatability. As a result, we sought to develop a staff and a community that has experienced sobriety at a young age and can relate to the difficulties that come with it. So often, recovery can feel institutionalized and short term. We developed this with that problem specifically in mind. Creating a long-term solution that feels organic in nature. We will create a safe therapeutic environment and work as a team to develop a plan specific to your family’s needs. Our focus is on the adolescent as an individual, the family as a whole, and how we can best help everyone grow together.
What We Do
Alternative Peer Group
Family Inspired Recovery is focused on the Alternative Peer Group Model (APG)…
The biggest trigger for a teenager to use is boredom. We take that away by providing…
When teenagers are able to get away from their phones and regular routines we find that they are…
Our counseling sessions are provided by licensed professionals. With your teen and family members…
An Authentic Alternative to Conventional Treatment
An Alternative Peer Group (APG) is a community-based, family-centered, professionally staffed, positive peer support program that offers prosocial activities, counseling oversight, and case-management for adolescents who struggle with substance use disorders or self-destructive behaviors. APGs are a much better fit for the adolescent who struggles with substance use and co-occurring disorders because the main focus is to offer and shape a new peer group that utilizes positive peer pressure to stay in recovery. In addition, APGs focus on making sobriety more fun than using by organizing and staffing after-school sober social functions throughout the week, weekends, and summers.
A 2011 study evaluated the perceived attachment to parents of 114 adolescents enrolled in an APG compared with 127 students from a local high school. Results from this study suggest that adolescents enrolled in an APG perceive greater attachment to and experience improved communication and trust with their parents compared with control group participants. Parents of adolescents enrolled in APGs were also surveyed during this study and reported that the program helped improve their relationships with their children and other family members. In addition, these parents reported that the programs taught them how to set effective boundaries and support their adolescents in recovery (Rochat et al., 2011). In this same study Rochat reported strong 2-year sobriety rates of 89-91% for youth who had completed treatment in an APG program, far exceeding the sobriety rates for youth not attending an APG.
Another study found that APG participants described their APG as a place where they found a positive peer group, where they were accepted and learned new ways of coping with problems without using drugs or alcohol (Nelson et al, 2015). Currently, a pilot study is underway to collect data on the efficacy and process of change that adolescents and their families go through while attending an APG that just received funding through the Hogg Foundation.
Our Mission & Approach
At FIR we strive to help families grow together and assist teens in achieving recovery through a safe and healthy peer group. FIR focuses on helping teens develop a healthy lifestyle through identifying recovery capital which are internal and external assets that can be brought to bear to initiate and sustain recovery. Recovery capital is conceptually linked to natural recovery, strengths-based case management, recovery management, resilience and protective factors, and the ideas of a more person-centered, holistic, family-centered, and recovery-focused system of care.
The types of recovery capital that we identify at FIR are personal, family/social, and community capital:
Personal (physical and human capital) – A client’s physical recovery capital includes physical health, how do we take care our financial assets, understand safe and recovery-conducive shelter, understand our basic needs and why each are important. Human recovery capital includes a client’s values, knowledge, educational/vocational skills and credentials, problem solving capacities, self-awareness, self-esteem, self- efficacy (self-confidence in managing high risk situations), hopefulness/optimism, perception of one’s past/present/future, sense of meaning and purpose in life, and interpersonal skills. William White Papers
Family/social recovery capital – Encompasses intimate relationships, family and kinship relationships (defined here non-traditionally, i.e., family of choice), and social relationships that are supportive of recovery efforts. Family/social recovery capital is indicated by the willingness of intimate partners and family members to participate in treatment, the presence of others in recovery within the family and social network, access to sober outlets for sobriety-based fellowship/leisure, and relational connections to conventional institutions (school, workplace, church, and other mainstream community organizations). William White Papers
Community (and cultural) recovery capital – Encompasses community attitudes/policies/resources related to addiction and recovery that promote the resolution of alcohol and other drug problems.
Growing together is our core value with the understanding that change comes from connection, support and compassion.