We Welcome Families

At New Choices Treatment Centers we make it a priority to support our clients and their families throughout our program. Whenever appropriate, family members of clients will be encouraged to participate in our family programming and individual family counseling. The purpose of the program is to create a safe and supportive environment for family to gain a new understanding of themselves, how addiction affects them and their role with their loved ones.

Our family program is held once a week in a group session and touches on subjects such as:

  • Family Dynamics
  • Communication
  • Behavioral Changes
  • Family Recovery
  • Special Community Guest Speakers

Weekly individual family sessions are encouraged when clinically appropriate and will touch on these subjects in a more personalized setting.

New Choices Family Support Group

Facilitated by Joan Ellis, M.A., LPC, LCDC

Tuesday’s 6:00pm to 7:30pm

St. George Episcopal Church and School

6904 West Avenue San Antonio, Texas 78213

Joan Ellis Thompson, M.A., LPC, LCDC


In over 40 years of direct treatment of alcoholic, addicts and their families, Joan has seen that engaging the family in the alcoholic/addict’s treatment is the highest priority if there is to be successful recovery. She has designed a Family Support Group to help families, not only cope with the tragedies of addiction, but to think, feel and behave in healthier ways. When families change, addicts change. Joan has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor. She began her work in the addiction profession in 1973. The group is offered every Tuesday, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at St. George Episcopal Church, 6904 West Ave. We meet on the 2nd floor of the Administration building in the St. Matthew Room. This group is offered free to anyone in a relationship with an alcoholic or addict, regardless of the stage of the addiction. No registration is necessary. Joan may be contacted at 210-325-0119.

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