For Families

Family Week (as a part of Inpatient Treatment)

The family program is Willingway’s five-day intensive experience at the end of a loved one’s treatment plan that offers your family an opportunity to learn about drug addiction and alcoholism treatment and the family’s role in recovery. This experience also offers all of you an opportunity to share your feelings and experiences. At Willingway, we believe that addiction is disease that can devastate the entire family and that the most effective treatment involves all close family members.

Let us help you find a solution.

Addiction is a family illness. It hurts family relationships. The good news is that through recovery, families are able to heal together from drug and alcohol addiction.

No one knows families like Willingway. Our treatment center was founded by a family and has been continuously striving to love its patients like family for 45 years. The inpatient long-term residential treatment program includes a family program. We can help your loved one begin to heal.

Ask yourself the questions below that may indicate that your loved one has a problem:

  • Does your loved one seem depressed, lonely or withdrawn?
  • Has your loved one had problems or “bad luck” with relationships?
  • Has he/she encountered recent legal problems?
  • Has he/she experienced problems with work or school?
  • Do you have other family members who have a problem with drugs or alcohol?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there may be a problem with alcohol or drugs. Please call us for a consultation on how to help your loved one.

Professional intervention can be a positive motivator for a person to get addiction treatment. Willingway works closely with a number of certified professional interventionists. Visit our Interventions page to find out more.

What are the Family Programs?

The family programs at Willingway offer your family an opportunity to learn about drug addiction and alcoholism treatment and the family’s role in recovery. This experience also offers all of you an opportunity to share your feelings and experiences. At Willingway, we believe that addiction is a devastating family disease, requiring treatment for the whole family.

While you are here, we ask that you participate in all aspects of the program, including eating all meals at Willingway, starting with breakfast at 8:00 a.m., and attend meditation, meetings, and activities throughout the day. You will participate in twelve-step meetings, lectures, recreational therapy, and various types of group meetings. Additionally, your loved one’s treatment counselor will meet with you and your family member in recovery at least once during your visit. If the need arises, you may request a meeting with a counselor while you are here.

It is our goal to provide you and your loved one with the knowledge, skills and contacts to become allies in maintaining long-term sobriety through active recovery once you leave our daily care.

We are glad to welcome family members and loved ones to Willingway. We can promise that if you are honest, open-minded, and willing participants in our addiction treatment program, your family will leave Willingway with the recovery tools to be able to maintain a sober and productive life.

What Family Members Should Expect

When you enter the treatment center at Willingway, you begin a process of healing that can be challenging as well as rewarding. Recovery begins with hard work and an open mind to understand more about alcohol and drug addiction and how it can destroy lives.

You should expect to see some changes in behaviors, attitudes and feelings in your loved one. You will also see close bonds that have developed between patients during rehab and a desire to help each shed light on recovery issues. This is part of what is unique about the caring, family recovery atmosphere Willingway offers through its addiction treatment program.

Directions to Willingway

From Atlanta
Take I-75 South to Macon. In Macon, take I-16 east towards Savannah. You will take the first Statesboro exit (# 116, Hwy 301) off I-16. When coming into Statesboro, you will turn right at the intersection of Hwy 301 and the US Hwy 301 Bypass / Veterans Memorial Parkway. This intersection has a Texaco gas station with a Subway on your left, a church on your right and another gas station on the north right hand corner. Turn RIGHT onto the bypass. You will pass four traffic lights. At the fourth light, you will see an IHOP and Lowe’s Home Improvement on your right. Go STRAIGHT through this light. You will turn LEFT onto Jones Mill Road at the next intersection with no light.

Willingway will be on your right. If you are coming for a family visit, use the first entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the second entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

From Savannah
Take I-16 west, towards Macon, to Exit 127, Hwy 67. When coming into Statesboro, turn RIGHT at the second traffic light onto US Hwy 301 by-pass / Veterans Memorial Parkway. You will travel about 2 miles around a large curve. At the second traffic light, you will see an IHOP and Lowe’s Home Improvement on your right. Go STRAIGHT through this light. You will turn LEFT onto Jones Mill Road at the next intersection with no light.

Willingway will be on your right. If you are coming for a family visit, use the first entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the second entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

From Augusta
Take Hwy 25 South. It will merge with Hwy 80. In Statesboro, follow Hwy 80 (Northside Dr.) through town. At the intersection of Hwy 80 and Lester Road, you will turn LEFT. This intersection has a traffic light, Wachovia Bank, Walgreens,Rite-Aid and an Enmark gas station. Just past the high school, at Mill Run apartments, turn RIGHT. Willingway Hospital will be on the left, just after the nursing home.

If you are coming for a family visit, use the second entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the first entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

From Hwy 301 South
When coming into Statesboro you will turn right at the intersection of Hwy 301 and the US Hwy 301 Bypass / Veterans Memorial Parkway. This intersection has a Texaco gas station with a Subway on your left; a church on your right and another gas station on the north right hand corner. Turn RIGHT onto the bypass. You will pass four traffic lights. At the fourth light, you will see an IHOP and Lowe’s Home Improvement on your right. Go STRAIGHT through this light. You will turn LEFT onto Jones Mill Road at the next intersection with no light.

Willingway will be on your right. If you are coming for a family visit, use the first entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the second entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

From Hwy 67 South (I-16, exit 127)
When coming into Statesboro, turn RIGHT at the second traffic light onto US Hwy 301 by-pass / Veterans Memorial Parkway. You will travel about 2 miles around a large curve. At the second traffic light, you will see an IHOP and Lowe’s Home Improvement on your right. Go STRAIGHT through this light. You will turn LEFT onto Jones Mill Road at the next intersection with no light.

Willingway will be on your right. If you are coming for a family visit, use the first entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the second entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

From Hwy 301 North
Look for the National Guard Armory on your left. Go approximately 1.5 miles to the caution light at the intersection of Hwy 301 North and the Hwy 301 Bypass / Veterans Memorial Parkway. (There is a gas station on the left corner). Turn LEFT onto the bypass. You will go straight through the traffic light. At the next intersection (no light) you will turn RIGHT onto Jones Mill Road.

Willingway will be on your right. If you are coming for a family visit, use the first entrance and the family entrance is the small parking lot to the left of the live oak tree with bench below. If you are coming for an admission or an assessment, use the second entrance and ring the doorbell under the covered walkway.

Accomodations

Hotels in Statesboro, GA

Best Western: 912-681-7900
Comfort Inn: 912-681-2400
Georgia’s B&B: 912-489-6330
Hampton Inn: 912-489-8989
Holiday Inn: 912-489-4545 (corporate rate of $89 per night)
Springhill Suites: 912-489-0000 (corporate rate of $89 per night – suite)
Statesboro Inn: 912-489-8628

Hotels near Savannah Airport
Please consider your flight times – Savannah/Hilton Head Island International Airport is about a 45-minute drive from Willingway.

Cambria Suites: 877-424-6423
Comfort Inn & Suites: 912-629-1500
Hilton Garden Inn: 912-964-5550
Spring Hill Suites: 888-287-9400

Florists

Colonial House of Flowers: 912-764-6097
Frazier’s Flowers & Gifts: 800-205-0612
Southern Creations: 888-739-5901

  • “When I got to Willingway I had been living on the streets of LA for almost a year, I had nothing. I have a life today that far exceeds any dream that broken junkie could ever imagine. My daughter has her mother back, my mother has her daughter. None of this would be if it were not for Willingway and its unique way of helping people heal. There is a part of me that will always be in Statesboro GA, my heart.”

    Rachel
    California
  • “All I can say is that family week a decade ago healed rifts that were old and deep and seemed insurmountable without outside interference and involvement.”

  • Thanks to Connie’s insistence on a few things that seemed silly, unmanly, and extremely embarrassing at the time my father and I buried the hatchet on a few things. He and my mother passed away 9 months later unexpectedly in an accident. Unlike other members of my family, I was content with where our relationship was, and while I missed saying goodbye and all that good stuff I was able to mourn and move on – no drugs or alcohol required.”

    Joel
    North Carolina

Get Involved!

Because addiction is a family disease, we strongly encourage family members get involved with their own recovery by attending Al-Anon, which is a 12-step group that provides support for family members, and Willingway's Continuing Care meetings, which are held in numerous cities and states:

Al-Anon
(Support for Family Members)
(888) 4ALANON
(888) 425-2666
www.al-anon.org

Continuing Care Meetings
Willingway-hosted meetings you can attend while in your hometown.
Click here for a full list of meeting cities and times.

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