There are many stigmas associated with addiction, and clients often feel embarrassed or ashamed by their disease. The largest benefit that family therapy provides is proof to the client that they have the support of the people they love the most. Clients may not realize that their family members are understanding and willing to work with them throughout the recovery process. Family therapy helps patients by showing them they have a support system already in place to assist them during this challenging time.
Alcoholism and drug addiction impact everyone close to the person struggling with addiction. It takes a toll on the family’s relationships, sense of unity, physical and mental health, and the emotional and financial stability of the home. DreamLife Recovery not only encourages familial involvement in a client’s recovery but also offers an extended intensive family recovery program.
Effective family therapy program sessions can help by reforming previously fragile relationships, opening communication, and building a path toward healthy stability. For those struggling with addiction, this can mean understanding how their substance abuse issues can harm their relationships, while their friends and family can understand how to help them avoid enabling and re-triggering their addictive habits.
The benefits of family therapy are not solely linked to substance abuse addiction. It can offer family and loved one’s an opportunity to foster a positive relationship environment, built to handle some of life’s other distressing challenges, such as financial issues, separation, and more.