Why is Family Therapy Recommended?
Alcoholism and drug addiction impacts 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.
Family therapy is beneficial for the client and the family of the client. The client is able to see the support system they have around them. The family is able to openly resolve any problems they may be struggling with due to the clients addiction. Another resource for families is Mary Fran Bontemo, the mother of a former heroin addict and author. Mary Fran posts a weekly blog on our website to try to use her experience to help other family members that are dealing with a loved one with an addiction.
What Are The Benefits of Family Therapy for Addiction?
The largest benefit that family therapy provides is the proof to the client that they have the support of the people they love the most. There are many stigmas associated with addiction, and clients often feel embarrassed or ashamed by their disease.
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.
Addiction Education For The Family
Family therapy provides family members with expert knowledge and information about drug addiction and recovery treatment options.
Addiction is one of the most misunderstood diseases. Some family members may inaccurately believe their relative is choosing to become addicted, or has become addicted solely as a result of poor life choices.
Family therapy programs work with everyone in the family to help them understand the causes of addiction and the various treatment programs available. By learning about the addiction treatment process and developing a better understanding of the disease of addiction, family members will be able to provide their loved one with a better, more knowledgeable and understanding support system.
The DreamLife Recovery team will help family members understand what they can do to help the person they love.
Overcome Conflicts With Family Treatment
At DreamLife Recovery, families enjoy the guidance of a qualified counseling professional to learn how to best support their loved one in recovery. In many families, conflicts and issues go unresolved because they are misunderstood. At times, these unresolved issues contribute to the client’s addiction. Participation in counseling can help families work through larger, detrimental family issues.
A professional counselor will work with all members of the family as a group, as well as individuals. Our goal is to help the family overcome issues and conflicts, so they work together to provide the client with the best support system possible.
Creating A Long Term Recovery Plan
Family therapy programs also help family members create a long-term plan for themselves, and for their loved one who is receiving treatment at our facility.
The detox process and treatment program is only the first step in receiving treatment for addiction to drugs and alcohol. Once the client has graduated from the program, they have the opportunity to start a fresh, sober life. This can often be the biggest challenge, not only for the client, but also for their support network.
Family therapy workshops help patients work together with their family members to create a plan for the future. This includes offering tips and advice for future support, as well as setting professional and personal goals.
It’s important that everyone creates a realistic plan they can commit to.
Family Therapy Is Important
Families and loved ones are crucial to the recovery process. As a loved one enters the recovery process, family members often need to process their own complex emotions related to the loved one struggling with addiction. With the correct support, families have the opportunity to better understand the disease of addiction.
Research has shown that friends and family members, who take part in collaborative counseling, aide in the creation of a reliable foundation for their loved one. This foundation allows for greater success in recovery once the client returns home.
Through improved communication patterns, healthier family dynamics, and a safe place to explore and express emotions, DreamLife Recovery is ready to assist you and your loved ones in achieving a higher level of lasting recovery.