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Strengthening Families

Mariners Inn's Strengthening Families Program is dedicated to educating and counseling the families of clients in substance abuse treatment. To strengthen family support for the client and prevent relapse, the Strengthening Families Program holds orientation workshops for family and friends to help them understand addiction and the treatment process, as well as weekly counseling sessions in which family members examine their own roles and discuss the changes they need to make in support of the addict's recovery.

Monthly family dinners at Mariners Inn, where clients can gather with spouses, children, parents and siblings for food, fellowship and fun, are an excellent way to begin rebuilding family relationships. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based program designed to reunite clients with their families, educate their children on the disease of addiction, and teach parenting skills.


The Mariners Inn Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is grounded in the nationally renowned program model and is evidence based with proven results. The goal of the program is to teach children about the disease of addiction and to assist them in prevention methods so the cycle of addiction in the family can be broken.

SFP serves the families of Mariners Inn men and the community, with a special focus on school-aged children. Children age six and under are also welcome to attend, as free babysitting accommodations are available on site.

SFP meets once per week on Thursdays, from 5pm to 8pm. The program covers 14 sessions of behavior skills training.

The training uses family systems and cognitive behavioral approaches to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic and social problems faced by youth who live with a family member suffering from the disease of addiction.

Parents, teens, and children enjoy a family dinner and then break into groups to focus on issues that are most important to them. Parents learn skills including communication, effective discipline, and setting boundaries. Teens and children learn problem solving, social skills, peer pressure resistance, effective communication, consequences of substance abuse, and more. At the end of each session, families engage in family focused activities and practice their new skills.

Our Strengthening Families Program strives to educate our clients and their families about the disease of addiction and its effect on their family. The objective of SFP is to reunify families by improving family relations, increasing parenting skills, and enhancing children's coping skills.

This program will help families understand their own difficulties and reactions to the disease of addiction. As a result, the intention is to help fathers successfully complete the Residential Treatment Program and stay on the path to sober living.


To Register: Contact Stefanie Alston, SFP Director (313) 962-9446 ext. 249 or



  • Improving Family Relationships

  • Improving Parenting Skills

  • Strengthening Communication within the Family

  • Increasing Youths' Social and Life Skills

  • Providing Knowledge to Break the Cycle of Substance Abuse


  • Transportation

  • Dinner and Snacks each Week

  • Weekly Prize Incentives and Raffle Drawings for Children and Parents

  • Educational and Social Activities

  • Field Trips


  • Graduation Ceremony

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Gifts for each Family Completing all 14 Sessions

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