When it comes to effectively treating addiction, family matters
Addiction is a family disease and our goal at Foundry Steamboat Springs is to assist in the process of healing for the entire family system.
Substance use disorders and mental health conditions are more closely related to family system dynamics than most illnesses. As has been widely repeated, addiction truly is a family disease. The ways that familial relationships, socioeconomic and cultural factors, traumatic events, and inherited genetics can influence the development and perpetuation of behavioral health problems are complex and varied. It is very common for substance use and mental health conditions to run in families, even if these conditions have never been disclosed or officially diagnosed by other family members. It is also common for the deeply held beliefs and behaviors inherent in some families to create the conditions for these disorders to go unreported and untreated. Understanding and addressing family systems improves treatment outcomes for individuals seeking recovery and makes it possible to end addiction and mental illness cycles to dramatically enhance the quality of life for current and future generations.
Making family programming welcoming, effective, and accessible
The Michael Barnes Family Institute is designed to overcome barriers that prevent families from getting the help they need.
While many evidence-based treatment providers offer various forms of family programming, few provide the breadth and depth needed to stimulate lasting changes. Family members are often hesitant to participate in treatment, and there are practical reasons for this. Clinically effective levels of family programming are usually not covered by insurance plans, and many people believe that family therapy will be a negative experience or that they will be blamed for the negative conditions affecting their loved ones. Family members should know that the goal of this treatment program is to help all family members to understand the issues affecting the family system and find ways to effectively make change. Our approach to therapy is not blame-based and understands that many of the problems families face are the result of living with unresolved trauma and resulting patterns of unhealthy or stunted communication.
The Michael Barnes Family Institute offers high-quality and intensive family care via telehealth videoconferencing that is cost-effective and convenient. Through good business practice and flexible payment planning, the program is accessible to most families. It also uses solution-oriented approaches that focus on developing practical ways of overcoming family issues and challenges rather than dwelling on the sources of problems. In addition, the program’s experienced clinicians help family members come together for their common benefit and understand that all members want and need to feel heard, understood, and welcomed into the process of healing.
Programming Overview — Trauma-Integrated Family Care
Michael Barnes Family Institute programming is available to clients and families enrolled in Foundry Steamboat residential and outpatient treatment services. It is also available as a stand-alone service to any family wishing to participate.
Barnes Family Institute provides trauma-integrated programming to help all participating family members address unresolved traumatic experiences and adverse life events. Developmental trauma and PTSD commonly co-occur with substance use and mental health disorders. Trauma is a pervasive problem that can impact more than the person who experiences a traumatic event.
When one family member experiences adverse childhood events, a traumatizing catastrophic event, like an accident or sudden loss, or other negative experiences, they can develop symptoms of trauma that make it hard for them to function normally and relate to others. The presence of unresolved trauma can cause family members to seem distant, angry, emotionally detached, hypervigilant, and depressed. For these reasons, untreated trauma is a leading factor in the development of substance use disorders. Therefore, when treating individuals and family systems for addictive and mental health disorders, it is vital to identify underlying and unresolved trauma and treat the trauma to restore normal functioning and allow the affected individual(s) to engage in other forms of treatment.
Barnes Family Institute emphasizes the importance of diagnosing and treating trauma affecting individuals and family systems to support better treatment outcomes and help families reduce the risks for future traumatic events including relapse.
Family members frequently come to this program with their own trauma history. Some have experienced their own major traumatic experiences. Others grew up in families where loved ones suffered with addiction, trauma, mental health, or chronic disease. Most have experienced what is commonly referred to as “secondary trauma,” which is trauma that is experienced when family members deal with a loved one who is experiencing common trauma symptoms.
Michael Barnes Family Institute 101 Program
The 101 program is a five-week program that creates a strong foundation for family healing and recovery-supportive home life. It is included as part of treatment for the families and loved ones of people enrolled in Foundry Steamboat residential and outpatient programs. It is also available to any family regardless of current or prior treatment experiences as a stand-alone service.
The 101 program uses group sessions, educational videos, and discussions to educate family members about substance use and mental health disorders as chronic diseases, treatment, understanding trauma, and how to support their loved one’s recovery to lead to healing in the family system. Participants are helped to find local support groups and treatment resources.
The program also lays the groundwork for deeper and more difficult conversations that help to address longstanding and underlying problems affecting families. As with all Barnes Family Institute programming, approaches are solution-oriented and not blame-based. All participants are seen as essential and equal participants in a positive process with the goal of creating a healthier family system and improved individual wellness and quality of life.
Michael Barnes Family Institute 102 Program
Families who have completed the 101 program are encouraged to deepen their progress in the 102 program. 102 is a 12 week program designed to productively and safely facilitate more profound and more complex conversations about problems affecting family systems and individual family members. Participants receive weekly family and group telehealth coaching sessions and review themes discussed in educational videos. The loved one who has participated in treatment or who is working towards recovery is included in this phase of the program.
Using a curriculum designed by the Barnes Family Institute Team, participants explore and address deep-seated and sometimes longstanding problems that can undermine perceived safety and security, strain family bonds, and promote unhealthy behaviors. The goal of 102, as with all family programming, is to help family members identify and address unresolved trauma, more openly relate to one another, learn to understand and support recovery-oriented lifestyles, and begin the work of restoring family health and function.
Michael Barnes Family Institute Leadership
Dr. Michael Barnes, Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He is the Chief Clinical officer at the Foundry Treatment Center Steamboat, and he provides administrative and clinical oversight for all residential and outpatient programs. Dr. Barnes comes to the Foundry after serving for five years as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction, and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital and 10 years as a full time clinical professor in Counseling. Most recently he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Barnes has developed trauma integrated clinical models for the treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and trauma-integrated programs for families who are struggling with addiction and trauma issues. He speaks nationally on Trauma-Integrated Addiction Treatment, Families, Trauma, and Addiction, and Compassion Fatigue. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.
Annie Camacho, LAC, LPC, Family Director
Annie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The Colorado College and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from University of Colorado Denver. She is a Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Colorado. Annie grew up in Southern California and began her career in counseling as a high school counselor in Colorado Springs. She believes in the power of the family system and her work is driven by the understanding that the degree of appropriate support our participants receive from family and friends is foundational to their success. Annie has lived in Steamboat since 2014 and she considers herself lucky for having three generations of her own family living in town.
Speak with us about the Michael Barnes Family Institute
Call to speak confidentially with a knowledgable member of the Foundry Steamboat team to learn more about the Michael Barnes Family Institute program and if it may be a good fit for your family's needs. Call us at (844) 955-1066.