Family Programming

Family Programs and Counselling

Friends and families of those with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders are affected by the disease themselves. Aurora’s own experience and recent studies, affirm the benefit to the member’s recovery, and that of the family member when they are engaged in their own recovery. Family Group sessions are held weekly for family and friends of the member to introduce them to the disease and their own challenges dealing with it. An intensive Family Program workshop is also provided which covers a wide array of topics that provide tools for the family to change how they can more effectively support the member’s recovery, and find peace and contentment in their own lives, whether the addict is in recovery or not.

The Family Program workshop helps family members learn about addiction and mental health recovery concepts such as:

  • The addictive illness
  • Enabling
  • Self-care
  • 12-step philosophies
  • Family and relational dynamics
  • Co-dependency
  • Coping Strategies
  • Boundaries


Dear Michael, thank you for leading our Family Workshop this past weekend so capably and with such compassion. Because our daughter Natasha is not addicted, we wondered at first if the sessions would apply for someone with bi-polar disorder, and whether it would help us help her in recovery. It became clear early that the weekend would not only be useful but would be essential to our success in helping Natasha regain fullness of life. The group was filled with optimism and positive energy, we thought, and honest, caring people. But it was your depth of skill as a Therapist, combined with your gentle, supportive manner – and your ability to laugh with us – that guided our courage and renewed our faith in Aurora’s program. Thank you for the work you do, Michael. May you and your own loved ones be richly blessed with gratitude!


Lucille & Patrick L.

Additional counselling and/or therapy sessions for an individual, couple and/or family, are available at an additional cost through Aurora’s outpatient ARC Counselling Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Video conference sessions are available for those unable to attend the Winnipeg location. In addition, Aurora can refer you to counsellors and/or therapists in most major cities in Canada who are appropriately credentialled and follow a philosophy of treatment similar to Aurora’s.

For more information or to schedule a workshop or private session, call 204.813.9281 or email

Outpatient Address:

ARC Counselling Centre

39 Scurfield Blvd.

Winnipeg, MB

R2Y 1G4

Family Day and Family Group

Family Group Introduction occurs every Sunday at 10:30 AM CST.

Addiction is a family disease—loved ones require healing too, not just the person with the addiction. This introductory meeting will help inform and support the loved ones of the member. You will learn about healthy ways to support your loved one’s recovery, and be provided with the necessary resources for healing as a family.

Family Day visitation occurs on Sundays from 1 to 4 PM CST. For everyone’s health and safety, the member must have submitted the request for your visit to their primary counsellor for approval in advance. Generally, the first visitation is available in the week following transition from detox to regular programming. If you have questions, please contact your member’s primary counsellor.

Safety of our members and staff is of utmost importance and as a result, there are limitations and guidelines on items that you may bring for your loved one. Details of what you can and cannot bring will be provided prior to the visitation but generally, outside electronic devices, scented hygiene products, food or drink products, are not allowed into the facility. You will be asked to check in any items prior to visitation.

RSVP to reception at 204.642.8058.

Aurora Recovery Centre’s philosophies are consistently reflected in the way we value our members and staff. Everything we do is in the interest of our members’ recovery for life.

Aurora’s treatment process is built upon a member-first culture and stands on three pillars that reflect our philosophy toward our members’ recovery: Heal, Connect and Recover.

From initial contact with Aurora, you begin to experience our Member-First Culture. Our highly experienced Addiction Specialists help you navigate the complex, emotional decision to admit to treatment.

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