Family Programs

Addiction is a chronic brain disease that shatters lives. Across the country, parents and family members of loved ones with substance use disorder are isolated and afraid. It’s time to change that.

When a loved one is dealing with a substance use disorder, it can make family members feel lost, full of blame, and alone.

But knowledge is power: The education provided in the Shatterproof Family Program gives families understanding and hope. Delivered in a community setting, it offers comfort to families who are suffering and shows them that even though they may feel alone in their struggle, there are many others who face the same challenges.

The Shatterproof Family Program

  • Provides education on substance use disorder informed by the latest evidence-based research to help families overcome the myths, chaos, and confusion that surround the disease of addiction.
  • Offers a safe and caring setting where families can share experiences, build new relationships, and strengthen their support network while reducing isolation.
  • Is comprised of 12 topic areas reviewed by our nationally-recognized scientific advisory board.
  • Promotes and teaches how to create recovery environments within homes and communities nationwide.
  • Helps families understand the many types of treatment resources to find ones suited to meet their needs.
  • Is co-led by:
    > Clinicians who have worked in the field of treatment or recovery for substance use disorder
    > Parents or family members who have lived experience with substance use disorder

You do not need to apply together, Shatterproof will match interested persons from each category.

The program is built on live group sessions that follow a 12-session curriculum. Families will be introduced to such topics as:

  • Understanding Addiction as a Disease
  • How to Find Quality Treatment
  • Dealing with the Stigma and Shame Surrounding Addiction
  • What Recovery Looks Like for your Loved One and Yourself

Trained facilitators will deliver the curriculum at a frequency that works for both them and the families. We encourage you to explore this program further if you are interested in either being trained as a facilitator or joining a local program.

Find a Program

Are you a family member looking to find a program in your area? See currently available locations or complete an interest form to be notified when one opens in your area.

Become an Instructor

Are you looking to be trained as an Instructor? Learn more about the roles and responsibilities and how to apply.

Host an Instructor Training

Host organizations provide training space and support to market the program in their community.

Grant Support

UnitedHealth Group Foundation has generously provided a grant to Shatterproof for the development of the Family Program, where much-needed guidance from trained facilitators can be obtained in a stigma-free environment.