Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

Structured Family Recovery™


Structured Family Recovery

Structured Family Recoveryis so simple, yet so powerful. It taps into the best of families to create a cooperative approach to lasting sobriety. The cost of relapse is far too great for everyone involved. Lasting sobriety is the only acceptable goal, and families can make it happen. Togetherness creates transparency and accountability in a manner that prevents addiction from regaining control. Based on the ground-breaking book by Debra Jay, It Takes a Family, this program creates lasting sobriety. It brings families back together, preventing relapse and promoting real recovery. Recovery is practical and it requires action. It is accomplished with a team built around the family, others closest to the addicted person, and the greater community. You begin by reading the first 34 pages of It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety. Then call (214) 369-1155 and talk with Lois Jordan, LCSW, LCDC.

Structured Family Recovery™ starts with a family and ends with a family recovery team. We support sobriety by bringing together the family and addict in a way that creates unity and mutual triumphs. Turning to social science, we learn what really creates change—challenging the things we’ve been taught. We apply discoveries of how the workings of the brain affect how we make real-time choices in life. While most alcoholics and addicts coming out of treatment have a basic aftercare plan, families are often left in the dark. SFR outlines a structured model that shows family members both how to take personal responsibility and to build a circle of support to meet the obstacles common to the first year of recovery.

Success doesn’t come magically or accidentally. It is a result of what we do. Usually it is a small change in one direction or the other that determines if we win or lose. Structured Family Recovery™ helps us make the correct choices and then steadily keeps us on course over time. There is no miracle moment. SFR is a specific process and framework that keeps families on track in their recovery for the long haul, with the power to keep addicts sober in great numbers and make our families not only good, but great.

Structured Family Recovery™ is not a response to crisis but a safeguard against it. It is best to follow the book as it’s written. The information builds on itself to move you forward, not just with head knowledge but in real ways to change the course of what’s to come. Recovery is practical. It requires we take action. This book shows families the way into recovery with a step-by-step presentation of the Structured Family Recovery™ model.

It is in the we that we find an elegance in life that is as sweet as it is powerful. We belong to one another. Family is defined by belonging. When we use the word family, it’s for each of us to know what that word means—who it is we belong to and who belongs to us. We are born into families, marry into them, or choose them from people we love best. But family goes beyond love; it’s primordial. It defines us. We are born with a deep need for knowing there are people who will always show up when we need them, stick with us through thick and thin, and love us at our best and worst.

The ultimate purpose of Structured Family Recovery™ is creating a family and friends team that supports the recovery process. The team will help lower the risk of relapse and rebuild trust. Initially the team meets by conference call with the Structured Family Recovery™ therapist twice a week for the first two weeks and then once a week. Working together the team will accomplish these goals:

  1. Increasing understanding of the disease of addiction and the recovery process
  2. Rebuilding trust and accountability through honest communication and behavior changes that support family recovery and healing
  3. Creating personalized recovery plans for each family member
  4. Identifying early family relapse warning signs and developing mutually agreed upon relapse prevention and early relapse response plans.
  5. Coordinating communication with the treatment team and involving the family in aftercare planning
  6. Learning how to support each other in recovery

For Information about Structured Family Recovery™
Contact Lois Jordan, LCSW, LCDC
(214) 369-1155 or