Families of individuals experiencing incarceration often have to pay bail and court fees, replace lost income and child support, and more – and the costs only continue to mount after incarceration. Since it can be difficult for individuals to find employment after being released from jail or prison, it often falls on family members to provide housing, as well as pay restitution, supervision fees, and other costs to comply with parole conditions. It’s no surprise that having an incarcerated family member has been shown to increase the risk of depression, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. 
Similarly, substance abuse disorders often take a huge emotional and financial toll not only on the individuals themselves, but on the family members and friends trying to support them. Alcoholism is often referred to as a family disease because, as the “Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous” explains, “it engulfs all whose lives touch the sufferer’s.” At the same time, family support can play a major role in helping a loved one overcome a substance use disorder.
Family members of individuals experiencing incarceration and/or addiction are in a tough position because they desperately want to help their loved one but are often in need of help themselves. That’s where we come in. Our life-skills and employment-readiness programs help family members understand the challenges their loved one faces as they work to rebuild their life and give them actionable steps to take to support their loved one on their journey.
Since our experience has taught us that involving others in our goal setting provides accountability and increases favorable outcomes, we encourage individuals and their families to set joint goals for important milestones such as buying a house or paying off debt.
Whether your loved one has already completed our programming or you wish to take it alongside them now through our website, we recommend that you take our three courses in the sequence presented below. Here’s what to expect:
A program designed for anyone seeking a fresh start, including individuals faced with rebuilding their lives after incarceration or overcoming an addiction, people looking to move on following a divorce or death, and those who are simply struggling to get traction in their lives. The most comprehensive of our three courses, A Path Forward© includes two hours of video instruction, and a 42-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to reinforce the material covered.
Your program presenter will guide you through:
A program designed to teach participants the fundamentals of finance needed to function in today’s world. The course includes 90 minutes of video instruction, a 23-page workbook, and activities and quizzes to ensure participants are absorbing the material.
Basic skills covered include:
A highly participative workshop that helps people move forward following incarceration, substance abuse, or another negative life-changing event by determining their values and setting attainable goals that will set them up for long-term success. Family members will have access to two hours of video instruction, a 35-page workbook, and quizzes, activities and goal-setting worksheets they can complete with their loved one and refer back to as the individual progresses through their career and life goals.
Throughout the course, participants will learn how to:
We know firsthand that resources and support are just as essential for families as they are for the participants, which is why enrollment in our programming also includes:
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