Family Support and Care

Our goal is to treat an entire individual, but because of the harmful effects addiction can extend to family members, healing must often involve an everyone in the family.

We highly encourage families to stay close to their loved ones while they are in treatment and there are multiple ways to be involved with your loved one.

Letters, Phone Calls, and Visits

At the beginning stages of treatment, residents can receive letters, phone calls, and scheduled visits from parents and other supportive individuals. All communication in the beginning of treatment will be subject to approval by the resident’s therapist and screened for appropriateness.

Communication should not contain drug-related content or information that may cause the resident significant stress that would distract them from treatment and lessen their motivation to change.

Visiting Hours

Adult Program Visit Information
Visits: Sundays 12 PM – 2 PM or 3 PM-5 PM and Friday from 7 PM – 9 PM
Letters mailed to: 68 South 600 East Salt Lake City UT 84102

Parent Program Visit Information
Visits: Sundays 1 PM – 3 PM or 3 PM – 5 PM
Letters mailed to: 42 South 500 East Salt Lake City UT 84102

Adolescent Program Visit Information
Visits: Saturdays 5 PM – 7 PM
Letters mailed to: 607 East 200 South Salt Lake City UT 84102

YSC Program Visit Information
Visits: Saturdays 10 AM – 12 PM
Letters mailed to: 880 East 3375 South Salt Lake City UT 84115

Treatment Planning Support

Prior to admission, information is gathered to assist in ongoing assessment and treatment planning efforts. Therapists encourage involvement from the family and many parents become further involved in their loved one’s treatment by reviewing the treatment plan in family sessions, discussing progress and observed changes and providing positive reinforcement.

Educational Support Group for Families

Odyssey’s family support group is the first step in beginning family therapy. These groups are held without your loved one and are facilitated by a therapist specializing in addiction. Groups are designed to give you a well-rounded understanding of addiction and your role in being a supportive. Topics we cover include:

  • Addiction 101
  • Effective communication
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Codependency
  • Communication styles
  • Enabling and family roles

Individual Family Counseling

Part of the healing process for families begins with regular family group counseling. These sessions give your family the opportunity to work through the pain a loved one’s addiction may have caused. Therapy is provided in a safe and open environment supervised by your loved one’s therapist.

In the beginning, family sessions will bring the family up to speed on what is involved in their loved one’s treatment process. As treatment progresses, additional sessions will discuss and overcome deeper issues experienced by the family, including role clarification, identification of unhealthy family dynamics, training in communication skills, resolving long-standing resentments and addressing changes that may need to be adjusted in the treatment of the client.

These sessions can mean a lot of work for everyone involved, but families who participate in our programs quickly see the positive effects of their work as their family grows stronger, healthier, and more united in their love for one another.

Multi-Family Group Therapy

Our multi-family group therapy is facilitated by a licensed mental health counselor and the setting is similar to our individual family counseling groups, except that two or more families attend with a family member who is in treatment.

Multi-family groups bring additional value to our holistic treatment style. When family members of addicted individuals see that other families have gone through (and continue to go through) experiences similar to their own, it helps them to realize that they are not alone in their pain, trials and successes.

Hearing the stories and feelings of families from different perspectives often provides invaluable insight for everyone involved in the groups, insight that aids the healing process in ways that are difficult to accomplish by other means.

Families Who Live Out of State

If families live outside of the geographical area, a type of family therapy is conducted over the phone or via video conference. This allows for regular therapy sessions, despite the distance. Letters can also be an effective treatment tool allowing greater reflection and time to react. If the family is capable of visiting, a face-to-face family session is arranged to help reinforce progress made over the phone.

As the adult or teen prepares to transition out of treatment, they may spend extended time with their family during visits to their family’s home or during the family’s visits to the program. These visits are encouraged whenever clinically appropriate to provide opportunities to practice new skills in real life situations and attempt healthier family dynamics within longer-term casual settings.

Discharge Planning with Families

Odyssey House shares the perspective outlined in a piece by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Practice Guidelines entitled “The maintenance phase of recovery is a lifelong process”. In this process, the client and clinician outline a plan for maintaining sobriety post-treatment, including a housing plan, an employment plan, a proposed monthly budget based on their projected income and expenses, and a relapse prevention plan.

The client shares this proposal with their current peer group, significant outside supports, and the aftercare support group. This allows the adult or teen to receive feedback from peers and family as well as valuable direction from individuals who have already experienced the transition.

Specific methods are added to counter risk factors. These include:

  • Medical treatment options
  • Access to medication
  • Planning for psychiatric symptoms
  • Education
  • A recovery-supportive social network
  • A relapse prevention plan
  • Employment or other income
  • Community resources
  • Safe housing
  • Independent living skills


Collaborations such as service coordination between Odyssey House, family members, caseworkers, school, treatment providers, and other applicable community resources ensure an aftercare environment that promotes life long client well being.