There’s a good reason addiction is known as a “family disease”–it affects everyone who is close to the person with the substance abuse problem. If you’re beginning therapy for substance abuse, it’s important to get the entire family involved in treatment. Not all drug programs are the same, so be sure you choose a substance abuse treatment center that offers family therapy. Here are just a few of the many reasons to include your family in your treatment for substance addiction.
Addiction is a family disease.
- Your family will understand addiction better
For many people with an addicted loved one, the hardest part is watching their family member struggle without truly understanding the nature of addiction. Family therapy at a rehab center will help your loved ones understand why addiction has had such a grip on your behavior, and it can help them learn to support you more effectively.
- Bringing your family together for therapy will provide you with more support
When you’re in recovery, you need as much support as you can get. Family therapy brings your loved ones together and provides you with a wealth of emotional support.
- Family therapy can help you heal damaged relationships
Addiction is a disease that can cause you to hurt the most important people in your life. You might steal money or valuables from your loved ones, or you might lie to them or lash out in anger. It can be hard to repair these relationships, but family therapy can help. In therapy, you can open the lines of communication with your loved ones and help them restore their trust in you.
- Your loved ones need to recover, too
Family members of an addicted person may experience a variety of emotional consequences, such as codependency, control issues and poor self-esteem. These issues develop when family members try to protect their addicted loved one from the consequences of their actions– trying to hide their loved one’s substance abuse from the world, taking over responsibilities that their family member abandoned or even blaming themselves for their loved one’s addiction. Therapy can help an addicted person’s family members move forward and establish healthy boundaries.
- Family therapy helps your children
If you’re dealing with a substance abuse problem and you have children, your kids may grow up to become caught in the cycle of addiction. They may have experienced emotional trauma from growing up in a home with substance abuse, and they might turn to drugs or alcohol as a way to deal with the pain. Rehabilitation centers offer family therapy programs that cater to the needs of children, teaching them positive coping skills and helping them heal the wounds caused by addiction.
It’s clear that involving your family can be the best therapy for substance abuse. The road to recovery from drugs and alcohol isn’t easy, but the support of your family can help you through the tough times. Addiction can tear families apart, but the right therapy at a drug abuse treatment center can restore your relationships and bring you and your loved ones closer together.
At Adjustments Family Services, we are eager to work alongside you and your family to heal discord and help bring wholeness back to your lives. If you have any questions about our intensive family program or need help, please contact our admissions center. Admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day, toll-free at 805-210 -8448.