At Driftwood Recovery, our Loved Ones Courageous Recovery Family Program will help families and friends reclaim their lives and serenity while learning new ways of being over the course of two and a half days.

Loved Ones Courageous Recovery Family Program Dates

  • Jan 19, 20, 21
  • Feb. 23,24,25
  • March 16, 17, 18
  • April 27, 28, 29
  • May 25, 26, 27
  • June 15, 16, 17
  • July 20,21, 22
  • August 24, 25, 26
  • Sept. 21, 22, 23
  • Oct .26, 27, 28
  • Nov 16, 17, 18
  • Dec 14,15,16


Imagine sleeping through the night, not worrying about what a loved one is doing. Taking care of yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and in a manner consistent with your values. Our Loved Ones Courageous Recovery Family Program is especially designed with you in mind.

We realize you all lead busy lives and want to set aside time to learn and support your loved one in treatment. As our guest for two and a half days, we’ll teach you about substance abuse and mental health disorders, as well as how chronic pain affects everyone involved. We will examine the complexities of process disorders (shopping, disordered eating, gambling, digital addiction, and sexual addiction) as they may manifest themselves, along with how Power, Privilege and Prestige play a role in those disorders.

Our caring, professional staff pays particular attention to how a loved one’s disease affects the entire family emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We work to return health, wellness, hope and joy back to all of your lives. Our compassionate staff leads in-class education lectures and activities, mindfulness exercises, experiential activities (including low and high ropes courses) to promote recovery. We allow ample time for you to meet with your loved one and our professional staff, as well to enjoy a fine repast from our organic gardens.

Clinical Approach

During Driftwood Recovery’s Loved Ones Courageous Recovery Family Program, we take a strength-based, solution-focused approach to true family recovery.

We live in a complex world that demands our thoughtful attention and care. Inspired by my own qualitative, strength-based work as a social work professor, lecturer, clinician and author, (Falling UP, Learn To Thrive) as well as the work of social work researcher and best-selling author, Brene Brown (Rising Strong, Daring Greatly), we believe that all individuals have the possibility of becoming the men or women that they are meant to be, with the capacity to rewrite their biography and Rise Strong.

To help individuals and their families embrace recovery, we employ a variety of therapeutic strategies including:

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Family Mapping
  • 12 step Facilitation
  • Life Skill Coaching

We also demonstrate how Interventions (Invitations to Change) facilitate lasting change. We also explain what is meant by Trauma Informed Approaches and maintain a trauma-informed approach inherent in all of our treatments.

At Driftwood Recovery, our goal is to provide clients with new coping skills and tools which will unravel the reactive and sometimes controlling, shame-based behaviors that unwittingly help maintain the disease. We seek to create an opening for recovery by breaking the unspoken rules of “Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel.”

Our Loved Ones Courageous Recovery Family Program at Driftwood addresses the needs of Family, Friends, and Business associates so that everyone can recover.

To Inspiring Change,

Dr. Louise A Stanger Ed.D, LCSW, CDWF, CIP


Dr. Louise Stanger Ed.D, LCSW. CDWF, CIP

Speaker, educator, clinician, interventionist, and family specialist Dr. Louise uses an invitational strength-based approach with complicated mental health, substance abuse, chronic pain and process addiction clients. Her strength-based approaches assist people in working through limitations, activating defining moments, and embracing life’s uncertainties.

Dr. Louise publishes in the Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, The Sober World, Recovery Campus, Counselor Magazine, DB Resources, Addiction Blog and other media.

The San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the “Top 10 Women Who Mean Business” and she is considered by Quit Alcohol to be one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country.

Dr. Louise speaks all over the country, trains staff, and is passionate about helping families grow, change and evolve.

Dr. Louise is the past recipient of over 4 million dollars in US Government grants designed to reduce high risk problematic behaviors and to test the efficacy of parent based interventions. She is the recipient of the 2014 Foundations Fan Favorite Speaker Award and the 2016 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award.  Dr. Louise’s book Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Handbook is available on her website at

Courageous Loved Ones and Family and Friends Program

What to Expect

Expect to learn, be cared for and walk away with tools and strategies you can use in relation to your loved one and yourself.

What to Bring

Bring yourselves, your feelings, thoughts and questions. We know it took great courage to get your loved one here, and this is a time for you to begin to heal as well.

What to Wear

Dress comfortably. No need for suits and ties. Bring your tennis shoes and your cowboy boots for some outdoor activities. Tennis shoes in particular are great for our low ropes course.


While working together with our compassionate staff, we ask that you shut your phones off. There will be ample time for you to check in if you are awaiting that important call. Just let us know and we will accommodate you. Driftwood Recovery will provide old-fashioned notebooks and pens. All materials and slide shows will be available for you also.


We are bound by HIPPA laws and value every one’s confidentiality. No photos are allowed to be taken on property unless by signed release.


While we discourage smoking, there are two designated smoking areas on our property. No smoking is allowed at ropes course or in course areas.

Any Special Accommodations

Please let us know if you have any specific needs, as we will do our best to accommodate them. Regarding food, let us know about any special diets- diabetic, gluten free, vegan, heart healthy, koshers, etc.

If you should have any questions or concerns, you may call Dr. Louise Stanger at (619) 508-1699.

For additional information about the Family Program, participant resources, and guidance for planning your visit; please visit our Family Program Resources page.