Free Nationwide Spanish-language Program for Families Affected by Addiction

CENTER CITY, Minn., Sept. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With addiction and mental health needs growing amid the pandemic and social strife nationwide, the nonprofit Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has launched a Spanish-language version of its educational and support program for families—accessible everywhere at no cost right in the home.

The nation's largest nonprofit treatment organization. (PRNewsFoto/Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation)

The new one-day Spanish Family Program will ensure Spanish-speaking families have access to tools that have helped thousands of families on their journey to recovery. It is open to all; participants do not need to have a family member in treatment.

With language and culture inextricably intertwined, the program will be similar to the English version with modifications in language and in content: such as omitting what can be construed as culturally offensive language, and implementing a heavier emphasis on addiction as a disease.

"Addiction is something that isn't really talked about in our culture," said Cynthia Galaviz-Olivas, PsyD, bilingual co-lead of the new program and also supervisor of the Children's Program at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. "To give them the language they need, to really open up the door to communication—even if their loved one doesn't yet recognize they have a problem—is crucial."

Delivered as part of Hazelden Betty Ford's RecoveryGo behavioral health service, the virtual program is based on the nonprofit addiction treatment leader's world-class on-site family program and recognizes that when one family member has a substance use disorder, everyone is affected. Creating a sense of community within the family program so that participants can trust the process and those involved, will be key.

"We hope to include a lot of interaction and discussion," said Galaviz-Olivas, who added she sometimes recounts her own family's story with addiction to help build that important sense of trust. "It's about encouraging them to find their voice and share with one another, and to let them know that we're all in this together."

"We created our English-language virtual Family Program because we wanted to be able to reach more parents, spouses, siblings and other loved ones who are caught up in the complicated pain and confusion that addiction so often brings to families, and we made it free so we could cultivate a sense of healing and hope for everyone, regardless of socio-economic status," added John Driscoll, Hazelden Betty Ford's senior vice president of recovery services. "By expanding the program more inclusively to those who speak Spanish, we will reach even more people affected by addiction across the nation."

Anyone interested in participating in the virtual family program can register at hazeldenbettyford.org/familia.

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide, with expansive on-site and telehealth solutions and a network of collaborators throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction. Learn more at www.HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter @hazldnbettyford

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