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Addiction is a complicated mental health disorder that not only affects the addict, but can also have a profound effect on the people who love him or her. Addiction manipulates the brain into thinking it must consume the substance at all costs, which often includes mistreatment of loved ones. The frustration, hurt, and anger that family and friends feel before substance abuse treatment is sought out, can cause long-lasting damage to these important relationships. They are crucial components of a solid support system that one needs in recovery, which is why family therapy during addiction treatment is such an essential part of a comprehensive recovery.
When an individual becomes addicted to alcohol or drugs, he or she often begins to psychologically pull away from relationships and falls into a life of social isolation. Interaction with friends and family generally becomes strained and sometimes disintegrate altogether. Hygiene and responsibility become less of a priority in day-to-day life while hopes and dreams are all but forgotten.
Children become caretakers of their addicted parents and grandparents become parents to their grandchildren for their addicted sons or daughters as they try to pick up the slack for their loved one. Erratic behavior on the part of the addicted person commonly creates a loss of trust, feelings of resentment, and anger from their spouse, parents or children, which can threaten the infrastructure of the family unit.
Many times, relationships with aggravated loved ones are holding on by only a thread with everyone involved desperate for help. Family therapy and involvement is an integral part of the addiction treatment programs at Recovery in Motions Tucson location. Our substance abuse treatment center in Phoenix also puts a high priority on family participation in recovery. Family therapy sessions are conducted by our compassionate therapists, who are adept at navigating these delicate waters. Family therapy in substance abuse treatment enhances an overall healing of one’s life and recovery from addiction.
Although addiction often feels like an intimate disease, those close to the addicted person may experience it profoundly as well. In an effort to heal relationships that are important to the addicted person, our therapists allow individuals to identify who should participate in family therapy sessions.
During these meetings, the family learns together and is encouraged to apply healthy communication skills while working through sensitive conflicts. Families can also be involved in the development of relapse prevention techniques or behavioral goals to minimize destructive choices. Each meeting includes the review of these skills and goals along with rewards for progress made. Treatment planning also takes place during these meetings.
Family participation in substance abuse treatment improves the addicted person’s support system for his or her quest for long-term recovery. Family therapy allows loved ones to get back on the same page, heal dysfunction, and promote a healthy, social lifestyle for their addicted loved one. Family therapy sessions increase the potential for a long-term recovery and stronger interpersonal connections.
While much of the therapeutic process in substance abuse treatment focuses on the addicted person, family therapy moves the focus to the family as a unit. The nature of addiction disrupts healthy family bonds as one’s personality changes in addiction and family members are forced to make difficult decisions to maintain the family unit.
Goals for loved ones in family therapy sessions are structured around a happy, healthy home environment for all household members. The family learns about the characteristics of addiction and how to avoid their own enabling behaviors, such as lying for their addicted loved one, loaning him or her money, or allowing boundaries to be crossed with no consequences.
The therapeutic work of a family in substance abuse treatment leads loved ones through the development of healthy habits and behaviors to establish a familial system in which each member strengthens each other in the pursuit of a functional entity free of drugs and alcohol.
Many individual family members are affected by one’s addiction on a daily basis. Unsavory traits normally uncharacteristic to their addicted family member often cause emotional pain, worry, anger and exasperation. Family therapy is designed to reconcile damage done to relationships in active addiction as well as recapture and enhance previous family bonds. The whole family is most benefited when they heal as a system, which increases the addicted individual’s potential for success in recovery.
Family therapists help treatment progress for addicted individuals and their loved ones through several approaches. Educating the family together helps to identify unproductive cycles of interaction, such as enabling behaviors. They help the family unit identify, develop, and apply effective interaction skills as well as encourage the family to discover ways to have fun together. Family therapy in addiction recovery often builds the roots for a successful long-term recovery after treatment.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse points out that family therapy produces effective results in the progress and maintenance of addiction recovery. At Recovery in Motion, our commitment to providing evidence-based treatment compels us to consider family therapy for all of our patients. We encourage our patients to invite the most significant family member(s) to participate in the treatment process. We strive to give our patients the best possible chance for a high quality-of-life in long-term recovery. If you’re ready to get control of your life back, call us today. We’re ready to help you now.