Family Services

Strong family relationships are the cornerstone of successful treatment and are always a collaborative effort. Parents can benefit from education and individual therapy sessions even if a child is not willing to join treatment. By strengthening the family system, a child’s chances for success in treatment are greatly improved. All parents at NYCFL are encouraged to form peer support networks from the following services:


Led by NYCFL’s resident family therapist and master clinician, clients and parents are invited to discuss familial challenges faced in early recovery. Group members learn and develop from each other’s experiences while gaining insight from the fellowship of shared struggles.


Led by our expert clinical team, this rigorous monthly educational series covers the fundamental issues affecting families with substance use problems.


Family-specific issues related to substance abuse are addressed in this intensive and individualized forum. Families receive guidance identifying and defining current struggles, as well as support skills, to repair from past hurt and hardship. In addition to immediate family members, we may also work with extended family members when indicated.


Led by one of New York Center for Living’s master clinicians, this ongoing educational support series focuses on substance abuse, communication and the family system. Topics include an overview of addiction and co-occurring disorders, the effects of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders on children and adult family members, techniques for improving communication, relapse prevention development and self-care. The series run in ten-week cycles and are open to friends and family members.


For those affected by an individual’s substance use, Al-Anon meetings encourage family members to share personal experiences and stories without judgment. NYCFL hosts a weekly Al-Anon meeting on site, geared towards parents of children with substance abuse.

Aftercare Services

Individualized case management, drug testing and psychiatric services are available to support our clients’ maintenance of sobriety. These services are indicated for those who have successfully graduated from our outpatient programs.

Integrative Services


The mind-body connection is essential to helping adolescents and young adults achieve and maintain overall health and sobriety. We acknowledge substance abuse’s negative impact on metabolism, food cravings and weight management; disrupting the body’s regulation of blood sugar and often leading to binges of caffeine, sugar and carbohydrates.

Our registered dietitian offers food education and individual nutritional consultations, as well as guided group lessons on preparing therapeutic meals in a supportive, sober environment. The nutritional program’s goal is to educate clients on proper nutrition, demonstrate the preparation of balanced meals and encourage clients to restore the vitamins, minerals and vigor to thrive in sobriety.


While abusing substances may provide the illusion of escaping conflict and unpleasant emotions, mindfulness practice asks us to develop an awareness of personal triggers and habitual reactions. By learning this therapeutic technique from one of our master clinicians, clients will better be able to focus total awareness on the present moment and acknowledging feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations.

Clients will learn how to create space in a seemingly automatic process, thereby changing their relationship to discomfort. The goal of mindfulness training is to learn to recognize challenging emotional and physical experiences, while fostering a nonjudgmental, compassionate approach toward our experiences and ourselves, therby building a lifestyle that supports recovery. Our integrative services offer multiple opportunities for mindfulness practice, including mindful meal preparation, yoga, guided meditation and exercise.


Purposeful yoga practice can be an enjoyable, beneficial supplement to recovery treatment. We offer restorative yoga classes, led by a certified instructor to help our clients alleviate anxiety, enhance physical and emotional awareness, broaden physical limits and channel transitional feelings of discomfort from substance abuse and its cravings.


Our creative services provide clients with the opportunity to access their own intuitive creative talent, which may have become masked by the negative and obsessive thoughts associated with untreated addiction, compulsive behavior and co-occurring disorders. This group explores various mediums including poetry, songwriting, short film making and painting; allowing our clients to repurpose the memory of substance use into artistic forms and build awareness.


NYCFL is proud to host monthly Open Mic Nights, open to all members of the sober community. Based on the clinical evidence-based use of music intervention, this group encourages clients to explore creative musical expression in a collaborative environment with sober peers in monthly jam sessions.


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