Family Programming

Family Programs and Counselling

Addicts and people who have co-occuring mental health disorders aren’t the only ones that suffer. Their families and friends also are affected by the addiction or disorder. At Aurora Recovery Centre’s, we assist the families and loved ones of our members with their own recovery. We have a variety of different Family Group sessions, programming, and workshops that happen weekly. We also have an intensive Family Program workshop that covers a variety of topics and includes tools for the family to change how they can more effectively support the member’s recovery. Our family programming allows people to 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


The Family Program takes place while your loved on is in treatment. We also have a program upon their release at Arc Counselling in Winnipeg, along with therapy and counselling.

Dear Michael, thank you for leading our Family Workshop 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 if it would help us assist her in recovery. It became clear early that the weekend would not only be useful, but would be essential to our success in helping our daughter regain fullness of life. The group was filled with optimism and positive energy 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 therapy sessions are available for loved ones, friends, alumni, couples, and families through Aurora Recovery Centre’s (ARC) outpatient services ARC Counselling Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We also have video conference sessions for those unable to attend our offices in Winnipeg. We can also refer you to counsellors and therapists in most major cities in Canada who follow a philosophy of treatment similar to ours.

For more information or to schedule a workshop or private session, call 204-813-9281 or email

Outpatient Services 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.

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.