Support For The Family

Family support groups and meetings are held weekly (excluding holidays) in a confidential setting at the location below.  When your teen is using drugs, it becomes a family affair.  Family members suffer as much as the addict from its effects as so much attention stays focused on what the addict will do next – will he come home, get arrested, overdose, etc.  Families start adapting, and enabling, the addict in an attempt to restore peace in the home.  These groups have families of all experience levels as well as CADC counselors to provide support and guidance in turning your teen’s life around, peers share their experiences,  and parents learn how to regain control of their home.

Backs of Family

All of our weekly on-going, independent family support groups are open to the public.  Our  meetings are not an AA or NA 12 step meeting.  The focus of group can be behavioral problems, substance abuse, school performance and attendance, anger management or other issues that prevent your child from achieving his or her potential.  We take the group discussions and helping families very seriously.  At times, the family support group can be very direct with anyone who participates.  Adult situations and language are discussed and small children are not encouraged to attend.  We ask that you please follow all the rules of the group (noted below).  Minors must attend groups with an adult over the age of 18.

The last group of each month, we are privileged to have members from New Life House (a sober living residential home in the Los Angeles area) join us and share their experiences.  They have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of men since opening its first house in 1985.  They offer a strong foundation and community to new house members as their graduates remain highly involved following their graduation.  This instant community proudly has thousands of years of collective sobriety. Since most individuals turn to alcohol or drugs as their solution to fear and discomfort, they teach and foster the life skills necessary for long term sobriety following detox/rehab or outpatient treatment.  You will be amazed at what brought these young men to New Life House and what they have achieved through living a life of sobriety.

Group rules

  • Once group starts, please remain so you do not disturb others (unless it’s an emergency).
  • As the attendance sheet goes around, please sign your name and, if you feel comfortable, your phone number and email address.
  • Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or silenced.
  • Take off all hats and sunglasses so the group can see your face.
  • No cross talk; the group facilitator will call on you so raise your hand if you would like to share on a topic.
  • Confidentiality is required for the topics and people that attend.  This is important to establish a healthy group where everyone feels free to express how they feel without fear of others outside of group finding out.
  • No illegal substances or weapons of any kind.
  • No destruction of property.
  • Respect other group members and their beliefs.
  • We can provide a letter of attendance for legal or academic purposes if you schedule an office session.

Because this group is open to the public, anyone may come and give feedback.  PTS is not responsible for any relationships formed inside or outside of the group.  PTS does in no way screen attendees of group for criminal convictions either current or past.  It is the responsibility of the parent to monitor who their child talks with outside of group.

Group Location and Times

Thursday Evening Family Support Group

Mt. Carmel High School

Mchs-150x1299550 Carmel Mountain Road
San Diego, CA  92129
Thursday nights from 6:30-8:00p
Room B-5 (left-hand side prior to entrance gates)