Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease”. Whether they know it or not, family members all play a role that can contribute to their loved one continuing with their addictive behaviors. They are also frequently experience feelings of shame, resentment, anger, guilt, and responsibility for the negative actions and consequences caused their loved one.
For these reasons, it is extremely important for family members to be involved in the treatment of their loved one.
What is family therapy?
Family therapy is intended to provide a safe and supportive environment where clients and their family members feel comfortable enough to share honestly about their relational experiences and challenges. They also learn how to communicate with one another more effectively. Family therapy also gives them an opportunity to work through their negative feelings, and to better understand what their loved one needs from them in order to have the best chance at staying sober. Family members and loved ones are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in our weekly family group, which is offered at all our program locations (residential and outpatient).
What Happens in Family Therapy?
During family therapy groups, our marriage and family therapists discuss important topics such as enabling, codependency, and the “family disease” model of addiction. The goal is to educate families about how they can better support their loved one who is struggling with addiction, while also teaching them how to set boundaries and not feel guilty or responsible for the behaviors of the addict. In addition to weekly family groups and family visitation, clients can also set up weekly couples and/or family therapy sessions with their therapist.
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