Family, partners and friends

Information for loved ones

The importance of close relatives and friends

The relationship with friends and family members are very important. The challenges that led to an admission in U-center may have impacted relationships, sometimes in a negative way. U-center believes in educating and supporting friends and family members, they are encouraged to participate in the treatment plans.

The relationship with friends and family members are very important. The challenges that led to an admission in U-center may have impacted relationships, sometimes in a negative way. U-center believes in educating and supporting friends and family members, they are encouraged to participate in the treatment plans.

Family and Friends meetings

The Family and Friends (F&F) programme allows loved ones the opportunity to exchange and share experiences with fellow clients’ family members and friends in similar situations. The F&F meetings are an essential part of the treatment programme. Research has shown that the risk for relapse becomes lower when the clients come home to a network of people who understands his/her treatment journey; this facilitates working together for positive change.

What can be expected?
During this special day, a designated professional from U-center coordinates the activities. The clients as well as their visitors participate in sessions to discuss their experiences and challenges with each other and if applicable, other families who may be in similar situations. The goal of these group sessions is to gain insight into your loved ones treatment process at the clinic, and what changes he or she is going through. This in turn enables you to a clearer picture of what you can do to help your friend or family member during their treatment. You may also gain clarity on your own roles and patterns. Private family therapy sessions are also available to explore deeper issues, should this be indicated.
There is also private time allotted for you to spend with your family or friend during the day.

Further information
The Family and Friends programme takes place at U-center in Epen. We ask that all visitors abstain from drinking alcohol or any intoxicating substances. A complimentary lunch is served, since the visitors spend most of the day day at the clinic. Should you wish to stay for dinner, a fee will be charged and our client can request this at the Service desk.

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