Family Programming

Programs for Minnesota Families of Residents in our long term drug treatment and recovery program

MnTC offers free Family Programming throughout the client's recovery program. Family Programs are designed to impart knowledge and skills commonly needed in families of a person in recovery.  Family participation increases the likelihood that their loved one will remain sober after they graduate.  

Not long ago, MnTC commissioned a survey of recent graduates. Our grads indicated that “family problems” were the #1 factor that led to relapse!  Those who had remained sober said “family” was second only to “staying connected to God” as the most helpful factor in maintaining their sobriety. 

These findings impress upon us the tremendous power of family relationships in a person’s pursuit of sobriety. In light of this reality, we’ve begun devoting more attention to our clients’ families. Our family programming currently consists of four primary opportunities on the Minneapolis campus:

Family Ministry Night
(All clients attend. Family members optional and invited by client.)

A monthly evening of worship, preaching, and (optional) prayer for clients and their families, giving them the opportunity to experience God and one another in spiritually enriching or transformative ways.

All clients and eligible family members.
Second Sunday of each month (unless noted otherwise).
Stevens Chapel (6:30 to 9:00pm).

Family Transformation 
(Clients optional. Family members optional and signed up by client.)

Designed to help families acquire insight and engage in constructive conversations that can help them better understand and improve their relationships, increasing the likelihood of successful recovery. Each month is devoted to a particular topic. Example topics include: writing the next chapter of your family’s story together; harnessing your family’s strengths and weaknesses; understanding and appreciating your differences; communication; conflict management; forgiveness; trust; and boundaries. (Note: Family Transformation is about family relationships, is not centered on the addiction or the “addict,” and is not counseling/therapy.)  

All clients and eligible family members. (Clients may come whether family does or not, and vice-versa.)
First Saturday of each month (unless noted otherwise).
Stevens Chapel (9:00 to 10:45am). Free coffee and bagels provided!  

Family Conferences 
(Optional. Clients request sign-up through their Chaplain.)

Select opportunities for clients and their family members to sit down together with a trained facilitator for one or more family conferences having any one or more of the following specific purposes: (1) post-admission preparation for a successful program, (2) pre-graduation preparation for reintegration with family, or (3) strengthening recovery support and relapse prevention. (Note: Conferences stick to the specific focus indicated and do not venture into sustained marital or family counseling/therapy as such.)

All clients and eligible family members (on approved correspondence list).
Appointment days and times depend upon facilitator availability.
Client and Chaplain complete request formChaplain submits formFacilitator contacts client directly

Always check our Events Calendar to ensure programming is scheduled before coming.