Family Education 

Chemical and Mental Health Disorders are “family diseases” meaning that one person's struggle with these can be affecting to everyone in the family.  The good news is that family members can cope with, and recover from the effects of these issues, just as those who struggle with mental and chemical health diagnoses can recover.

Our Family Education programming takes place one weekend a month and consists of a 1-day (Friday) format.  During the morning course of this program, parents receive psycho-education on substance abuse and mental health, family impacts of addictions, and parenting/family support  and education on MICD issues.

During the afternoons, clients and their families process letters and have group family therapy to address issues specific to the client and their family situation.  Families also have the ability to have additional individual family therapy with our clinicians to address issues more in-depth.


Family Education Agenda:

Our Family Education and Therapy Program is offered the last Friday of each month and runs from 8 am until approximately 2:30pm.  There is an outline listed below of topics covered.  Family involvement is vital to the success of treatment as parents need to understand what is happening for their child and may need to alter their parenting styles to best suit the needs of the client. Without awareness, there can be no change. Without support, change is difficult to maintain.

Family Education:

In the morning portion of our family day (8 am-11:30 am), the parents meet alone to learn about the following topics:

-          The 3 C’s of Al-Anon

-          Why this isn't just a phase: parenting a child with MICD needs

-          The disease of addiction: why this is not a set of 'bad' choices

-          Support vs. Enabling

-          Communication and parenting tools

-          Finding support for you as you support your child

**lunch break (on your own)**

In the afternoon, we gather again, this time uniting families with their children, and we process letters to one another that are prepared in advance. A letter guide is also provided should you want to utilize this tool.  This is done in large group where we process together. As the issues that occur within families where addiction is present tend to take on general themes, it is often helpful to hear others and how they are progressing past their struggles.  This helps us to overcome common themes of guilt and shame and to connect with others to see that we are not alone.

Individual Family Sessions:

WINGS is proud to offer individual family counseling that can be scheduled Monday-Friday. Sessions generally are 1 to 1.5 hours in length.  For those who live far from the facility, we can also do some family work via phone.

  • Collateral Information 

WINGS will need to obtain collateral information on each potential client.  This information is usually a Chemical Dependency Assessment, Mental Health Assessment (commonly called a Diagnostic Assessment) or a Rule 25 Assessment.  These are completed by licensed professional.

  • What is a Assessment/Rule 25?

An Assessment/Rule 25 is an interview with a Licensed Professional that is designed to assess an individual substance use history to determine what level of care would best meet the individual's needs.  Rule 25 assessments are only valid for 45 days, after which time an update is required.  

If you have not had any type of assessment completed, Wings will also do a Rule 25 assessment, however we do charge to have this done. It will be your responsibility to submit those charges to your insurance company. 

  • What do I do after the assessment is completed?

Once the assessment has been completed, have your Rule 25 assessor fax (320-593-0442) or email the assessment to info@wingsats.comOnce your assessment has been received by WINGS it typically takes 2-3 business day for our clinical staff to review the information. 

  • Is there any other information I should send to WINGS?

Please send Referral Application Form (click on the link to open the form and print a copy) along with a copy of the most recent CD assessment and a copy of a Diagnostic assessment if one has been done.

Please fax this information to WINGS at 320-593-0442 or E-mail to 


After reviewing your assessment and the clinical staff has made a determination if you are appropriate for the WINGS program, our staff will contact you to schedule a phone interview.  The interview is an additional screening tool that we use to determine if our services can meet your needs.  It is VERY important that your contact number is on the referral information and current.