Family therapy is an opportunity for a person with an addiction to work with their family to improve communication and build support to prevent relapse. Family counseling is typically an essential stepping stone towards creating a safe and positive environment for a person to live in once he or she goes home. More so, it helps to improve relationships that matter. At Amatus Recovery Centers, our comprehensive family therapy program opens the doors for healing.
What Happens in Family Therapy?
The dynamics of a family change over time, especially when challenges like addiction or mental health disorders occur. Relationships become strained due to lies, misunderstandings, and a lack of communication. Most people who have not been through addiction don’t understand it, nor do they know how to manage this disease. In family therapy, that may improve.
During family counseling, family members work with the person with an addiction to better understand what is happening. This may include:
- Education: Learning about addiction, how it happens, and how it improves. Also, learning that addiction is a disease, one that needs to be monitored on an ongoing basis.
- Support: Family members learn their role in the healing process. This may include learning to spot signs of cravings or high stress that could trigger a relapse. It may also mean providing support in a meaningful manner.
- Overcoming challenges: Addiction changes relationships, but that doesn’t mean they cannot improve. During family counseling, people work to resolve conflicts, build stronger bonds, and forgive the past.
- Provide emotional support: Families do more than just watch for relapse. They also often provide emotional support and stability for those who are struggling through addiction recovery and life’s challenges. During a family therapy program, learning to do this is a priority.
Signs Family Counseling May Be Helpful
Each family’s dynamics range but may include fear, anger, frustration, and lack of understanding. Your family isn’t likely to be that different from others. It may be beneficial to enroll in a family therapy program if:
- Conflicts are presently leading to blaming and hateful comments.
- Family members want to help contribute to supporting addiction recovery.
- You want to overcome relationship struggles.
- Support is necessary and possible.
- Past challenges or trauma need to be addressed.
It’s not possible to force someone into this type of family counseling. It is possible to seek out help and ask for a family member to work with you.
The goal of this type of therapy is not to lay blame or point fingers. It also does not mean that a person with an addiction can push responsibility onto someone else. Rather, this is a method of moving beyond the past pain and hurt to find a way forward that is most beneficial to all people involved. Therapists guide this process to ensure that it happens.
What to Expect from Our Family Therapy Program
During drug and alcohol treatment, therapists work closely to determine the best therapy and treatment type for a person. If there are family conflicts or a person’s ability to overcome addiction improves with family support, a family therapy program may be recommended. It’s always an option for all involved and often includes immediate family members or those closest.
Family therapy works alongside other therapies we offer at Amatus Recovery Centers. This includes therapies like:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Trauma therapy programs
- Substance abuse programs
Call Amatus Recovery Centers to Learn More About Your Options
Family therapy can seem daunting. However, family counseling consistently helps people heal the damage of trauma, addiction, and mental health disorders. To learn more about our family therapy program at Amatus Recovery Centers, call 833.631.0525 or connect with us online.