Recovering Together – Sanford Family Programs Go Virtual

Recovering together family group

The Family Programs at Sanford were created to include the loved ones of our clients in the treatment process and beyond. At Sanford, we believe family involvement is a key component to a healthy, long-term recovery. And during this time, we are offering our family programs on virtual platforms. 


Recovering Together

The Family Program is a psycho-educational group to help family members more fully understand the disease of addiction. They also learn effective ways to support their loved ones through treatment and recovery. The Family Program is a repeating cycle of four educational sessions. These sessions are:


1. Addiction as a Family Disease

2. Understanding the Process of the Disease of Addiction

3. Understanding Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) and Early Recovery

4. Communication Skills for Recovering Families


Family members of Sanford clients in any of our programs are welcome. A master’s level clinician facilitates the group, and it’s open to all supporting friends and family. We define “family” as parents, spouses, siblings, adult children (and accompanied adolescents), significant others, and encouraging friends.


recovering together family on beach

For more information and virtual login instructions, please send an email to the above email address.


Friends and Family Support Group

The Friends & Family Support Group provides continuing help and connection. It is guided by the common experience of loving someone with a substance use disorder (SUD). The group provides an opportunity for people to share and discuss their challenges and successes. Topics to be discussed are selected by the group.

Anyone who has been through our The Family Program or a previous Sanford Family Program is welcome to attend. The 1-hour group is a support group, not a therapy group, and is facilitated by Sanford Family Program staff.


recovering together family on beach

For more information and virtual login instructions send an email to the above email address.

In their book, STAYING SOBER, Gorski & Miller, state, ‘Family members can be powerful allies in preventing relapse …’  To that end, Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers offers psycho-education and support groups for family and friends of our clients with SUDs. These groups help loved ones become powerful allies and open the door to family recovery. Carli Noffsinger, LMSW, CAADC, Family Programs Facilitator 





Sanford Behavioral Health is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.