Family Education Program

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Every Thursday at 6:30 PM VCU faculty researchers and members of the recovery community come together for the Family Education program, a collaborative effort dedicated to providing quality education and support to families of people struggling with substances in our community.

You are not alone.

There is hope. The waves of pain that hit the families of substance users can be crushing and all encompassing.  Arm yourself with the education, support and resources to cope with a loved one’s substance use disorder and start to move towards solutions.

Why should you join the program?

We are a group of family members and loved ones of people with substance use disorders. We meet each week to learn about addiction and find resources. With our group you can receive help, guidance and support. We host events with local and national professionals in the field.

Joining the group is free and open to anyone impacted by addiction.

Topics include:
What is addiction?
How do genes, environment, and addiction interact?
Is addiction a brain disease?
What are treatment options?
What research says about addiction
What does family recovery look like?
What resources are available for families?

The Family Education Program is hosted at 563 Southlake Blvd. from 6:30 to 8:00 every Thursday evening. The FEP is made possible partly through funding provided by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. For more information contact Tom Bannard at (804) 366-8027, and here at