Recovering from addiction is a long process. Support from friends and family can be incredibly helpful along the way. There are many different addiction treatment methods to choose from, but none connects clients with the outside world quite like family therapy. At Santé Center for Healing, family involvement is one of the keys to lasting success.
Utilizing an Existing Support System
Clients can’t overcome addiction on their own. Help is necessary at every step of the recovery process, and it can make the difference between sobriety and relapse. While a support system can come in many shapes and sizes, recruiting family members is often the easiest and most effective option.
It’s normal for family members to want to support their loved ones. Getting help for a loved one is the first step, but family members can do more to support clients in recovery. Since family members are already in the lives of clients, they’ll often find it easier to stay involved.
So, how can helpful, well-meaning family members make a difference? They can learn how to help through family therapy. One of the topics we cover in family therapy is helping vs enabling. This is a critical lesson that shows family members how to help clients without enabling their addictions further.
Rebuilding Important Relationships
Addiction can wreak havoc on all kinds of relationships. Unfortunately, it can hurt close friends and family members the most. Therapy is a fantastic way to begin rebuilding broken or damaged relationships.
People struggling with addiction tend to lie or hide their true feelings. The illness makes them act differently, and those actions can hurt their loved ones. Family members might feel pushed away or neglected. It’s important to understand that it was the disease that pushed them away, not the client.
Therapy can open up a new and safe method of communication between family members. Having a way to express feelings, discuss past hurts and apologize can speed up the recovery of family relationships.
Educating a Future Generation
Therapy sessions can include clients and their parents, siblings, spouses and children. Sometimes, clients are excluded, and sessions are specifically for loved ones who want to learn more about addiction. In other sessions, therapists gear the conversation towards preventing addiction in the future.
There’s a very significant genetic component to addiction. That’s why addiction can often run in families. Therefore, future generations should be well aware of the risks.
Through therapy, younger participants can see the damage of addiction first hand. Parents can also learn ways to discuss substance abuse with their children.
Easing the Transition to an Independent Lifestyle
Transitioning from a 24/7 rehab environment to an independent life can be hard. Many clients rely heavily on family support during this period of change. Therapy can help clients and their loved ones learn how to handle this big step.
Additionally, participants can learn where their loved one needs their support. Accountability is the biggest way to support clients. Accountability might mean enforcing regular drug tests, asking about sobriety or driving clients to group meetings.
How Family Therapy Fits Into a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Therapy for family members is one important part of a treatment plan. Clients can also benefit from a wide range of additional therapies. A comprehensive approach targets mental health, physical health, relapse risk, relationships, and stability. Popular therapies at Santé Center for Healing include:
- Trauma therapy
- Dual diagnosis therapy
- Individual talk therapy
- Group counseling
- Relapse prevention education
Family therapy is one way to build a strong and effective support network. At Santé Center for Healing in Argyle, Texas, you can access resources that will help you achieve recovery. Call 866-238-3154 to begin forging your path to health, purpose, and sobriety.