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My PO says I have to go, what next?
You must first enroll in orientation. All participants are required to be on time. If you are late, you will not be allowed in the class.
How long does it last?
Our classes usually rotate on a four-week schedule. If you happen to miss a class, you will have to wait for the next rotation period.
Do I need to make an appointment?
If you have your peer counselor’s information, please call to make an appointment. If you do not have their information, you may call the center that is closest to you.
How much does this cost?
All of our services are no cost to you. We kindly ask for donations in order to maintain our programs.
Even if you are not using drugs, Rise Recovery provides the necessary tools for the entire family to understand the disease.
Do I have to share everything about myself?
No. You may share what you want. If you do not want to share, you can say “pass.” We respect your confidentiality.
What will I gain from this program?
You will gain a new perspective on the disease. You will also get to know others who can relate to what you are facing. You will also learn new ways to deal with the stressors of life. Also, there are plenty of enjoyable activities.
Can I bring my friend?
We ask that you wait a few weeks before bringing friends. We want to ensure that you gain the most from the program, which can be difficult to obtain if a friend is there.
I don’t want to go but my parent is making me, so how do I get out of it?
Our commitment is to you. If you are not comfortable with the program after giving it a try, you do not have to attend.
I don’t want my parents coming. Is it cool if I come without them?
We don’t REQUIRE your parent to be here but certainly do ENCOURAGE it for several reasons:
- There is a higher chance of recovery when the family is involved.
- Your parents will be less afraid if they understand what you are attending and a less afraid parent means a less controlling parent.
- They can’t support you if they don’t understand.
- 90% of the time your meetings are separate from the parents. They aren’t going to hear what you are saying. We will keep and respect your right to confidentiality.
Will people find out I’m attending?
Rise Recovery is 100% confidential. We cannot tell anyone that you are here or have been here. Among the group, we have a policy of respect that says “who you see here and what is said here, let it stay here. This is a safe place.” You can tell others that you attend but please don’t tell others who else attends. And if you are afraid of running into someone you know…everyone attending is here for a similar reason. On a different note, if you are in a public place, a staff member will not acknowledge you unless you acknowledge them first. This is just to protect your privacy and not because they are being rude. Your trust is the most precious gift you honor us with, and we want to make sure you know that we treasure it!
Why do I need to go to Family Group meetings? My child is having drug problems, I’m not.
Any illegal drug use or alcohol abuse by a family member will negatively affect the entire family. The good news is that when the entire family is involved in the recovery process, the chances of recovery are increased tenfold. You are an important part of the recovery process. We also believe that your health and well-being is equally important. We aim to help you we have productive activities and discussions that will help maintain your sanity throughout the recovery process. You will become apart of a “We” group, and the strength and knowledge of the group are beneficial to its members.
I feel like a failure as a parent and I am embarrassed to go to meetings. How can I move past this?
We know you may feel this way; however, your child’s drug use is not your fault! Many of the parents attending these meeting felt the same way when they first came. Please understand we are here to help you and your family not to judge you.
I can’t attend meetings regularly, is this a problem?
We understand you have a busy life and your time has many demands. However, if you can attend meetings as often as possible, you will be helping your loved one. Meetings are available multiple days of the week. Many parents have to arrange childcare for their younger children and may have to alternate meetings with their spouse in order to attend meetings. We understand you can only do the best you can do, but attending these meetings may save you from having to attend more meetings with school counselors, or members of the legal system.
I feel as though my concerns are never addressed in group meetings. How can I be sure my questions will be answered?
It is important for you to be able to participate in the meeting. We have a peer counselor at each meeting and we structure the meetings so everyone who wants to participate has the opportunity to do so. We share our concerns, what is working, what’s not, what problems we are having, how we are feeling, and how we are dealing with the situation.
I think I can handle this problem without help from Rise Recovery. Is it possible?
We do not encourage you to do so. Why make the situation harder than it has to be? You will be surrounded by parents who are facing the same challenges as you. These meetings are to help you avoid common mistakes that might be made during the transition of your loved one’s recovery.
Who are the members of the Family Group?
Members have to be at least 18 years old and are typically family members of a person suffering from drug or alcohol use and are not in need of drug and alcohol recovery themselves. This is not to say family members could never have had a drug or alcohol problem. Members are siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, or other people who love the person needing help with a drug or alcohol problem. Younger children, as young as 9 years of age through age 17, can attend sibling and children support meetings that are specially designed for children in this younger age group.
No. We welcome anyone and everyone who wants recovery in their lives.
Is there a charge?
No. All of our programs are of no cost to our participants.
How do I get involved or start the program?
You can show up at any of our meeting locations and there will be someone there to talk with or call for an appointment at 210-227-2634.
Is it confidential?
Yes, we are bound by law to keep everyone’s information confidential. The only way we are allowed to discuss your attendance or progress is if you have signed a consent form.
What kind of program is this?
It is 12-step peer recovery support.
You used to work with people over 35? Why has this changed?
We are shifting our efforts to be more focused on our mission (youth and young adults age 18-35). If you over 35 you can still come and enjoy our services, it just won’t count towards a court-ordered program. Check out the chart below to see what is still available.