Behavioral health and addiction specialists agree that family therapy programs are critical to treating mental health disorders – including addiction – as they have been demonstrated to reduce relapse rates, particularly when combined with other strategies. If you or someone close to you is struggling with a substance use disorder, an addiction treatment program that has a strong family therapy component may be right for you. To learn about the programs at TruHealing Centers, reach out to our team at 833.631.0525 today.
Addiction and the Family
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), addiction can be a family disease. The disorder can result in a family going through a range of problems, from disrupting routines to exposure to dangerous events. In such an environment, family members may not develop the right skills to cope and maintain equilibrium in their surroundings. Members of such a family can develop destructive behaviors due to this dysfunctional and fragile system.
Children are the members of the family who experience some of the most devastatingly adverse impacts of addiction. They are particularly at risk of developing abnormal emotional, mental, and physical health concerns. Kids growing up in a family where the parents are addicted may face school challenges, including learning issues or skipping school. They’re also at a higher risk of becoming addicts later in life when compared to their peers.
A family therapy program comes with many benefits to the individual battling addiction, especially when they are living in a sober living environment. The primary goal of such a program is to unite family members and heal the rifts that have resulted from the addictive behaviors while also teaching strategies that will help the whole family move forward.
All in all, the goal of family therapy is to give the client the tools they need to achieve genuine, long-term sobriety and help the family both understand the struggles of their loved one and create an environment in which they can help them avoid relapse.
Objectives of Family Therapy for Addicts
Family therapy sessions may involve the individual in recovery and only one family member, or they may take place in a group setting depending upon the goals of the particular session. The family member or members involved might be a sibling, significant other, parent, spouse, or any other person close to the individual undergoing treatment. Whichever family members are involved, however, there are two main objectives of family therapy for individuals in recovery. They are:
1. To provide support for those undergoing treatment
Family therapy is critical for recovery as the support it fosters reduces the chances of a relapse and lays a foundation for long-term sobriety.
2. To improve the individual’s emotional health
This type of therapy is essential because it allows family members to trust the individual in recovery and forgive past behaviors caused by the illness. Families can resolve disputes and begin to heal from the sadness, frustration, and anger accompanying addiction.
The Benefits of a Family Therapy Program
It is widely accepted in the medical community that family support aided by therapy improves an individual’s chances of successfully recovering from addiction.
Among the many benefits of family therapy is that it allows family members to:
- Motivate, and support their loved one during the recovery period
- Strengthen family bonds through guided communication
- Learn about addiction, how it can affect one’s family, and the outcomes to expect
- Improve communication and engage with their loved one
- Manage and resolve the negative emotions that accompany addiction, such as stress, anger, confusion, and fear
- Develop strategies for handling future crises as their loved one moves forward on their recovery journey
Contact TruHealing Centers to Learn More About Our Family Therapy Programs
At TruHealing Centers, we pride ourselves on offering individualized treatment plans to each of our clients battling addiction. We do this by offering a broad range of programs that include but are not limited to:
- Evidence-based therapies
- Holistic, client-centered approaches to treatment
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Individual therapy programs, including cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Aftercare programs