Lakeplace Family Retreat

As a family member of a Lakeplace client, you are invited to participate in the Lakeplace “Weekend Retreat for Families”. Here you will see the beautiful Lakeplace campus, the many facilities and all accommodations for your significant family member.  You and other family members can stay in one of three Lakeplace cabins during spring, summer and fall months or at a local motel in the winter. On Saturday, you are invited to the buffet lunch with all family members and Lakeplace clients.

Education sessions may provide you insight about the disease of chemical dependency, its effects on the user and on family members.  In addition, you will have the opportunity to share your own thoughts and feelings regarding your family member’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs and its effect on you.

This special weekend for families requires that all family members present must attend all scheduled activities.  Your participation may help you understand how you have been affected by this disease.  You will also learn about many resources available to you in your own recovery.  Finally, the family weekend is an important way to show support for your loved one receiving chemical dependency care at Lakeplace.

Family Weekend Features

  • On-site visiting with your family member
  • Saturday lunch
  • Lakeplace Professional Associate Presentations
  • Families with clients open discussion
  • Family member/client meeting with a counselor
  • Interaction with other family members
  • Recreational opportunities & activities (sober fun)
  • Includes lodging
  • Personal time for reflection
  • All family retreat services are provided at no cost


10:00 – 11:45 am Family/Concerned Person Group
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Buffet
1:00 – 2:00 pm Presentation
2:00 – 3:00 pm Clients/Family
3:30 – 4:30 pm Co-Dependency Group

9:00 – 12:00 Open for visiting or church
Afternoon visiting

For families visiting from a distance, you may request Friday night lodging.   Call 218-245-1395

Winter restrictions:

Lakeplace cabins are closed for the winter; therefore, on-site lodging is limited to the Lakeplace Guest House on a first-come-first-served basis.  Lakeplace will make arrangements for your Saturday evening lodging nearby by at no cost to you.  Call 218-245-1395

Limit of two family members for each Family Weekend Retreat (age 12 and above)

Sorry, no pets allowed.

How Are You Affected?

While participating in The Lakeplace Weekend Family Retreat, you may choose to ask yourself if you have been affected by your family members’ use of alcohol and other drugs and how you may have been impacted.  In other words, have any of your “Significant Living Areas” been influenced?

The Lakeplace Family Weekend Retreat is intended for you to receive education about chemical dependency, share you own though and/or feelings and show support for your family member.  These sessions are not intended as family therapy.

What Is Your Part in Recovering?

Your part in recovering can potentially be related to your own growing awareness as primary to your recovering as a family.   We will encourage you to participate in Alanon and obtain an Alanon sponsor.

You will also be introduced to new ideas such as “codependency” and “triggers of relapse.”

Your individual ability to accept events and especially your lack of control over others could be another step for you to increase your ability to “accept life on life’s terms.”  We hope you will find the enjoyment of a sober life for you and for persons who love you, including those also affected by this primary, progressive, chronic, and terminal disease.