Convincing an addict to seek treatment is a huge win—but the work doesn’t stop there. Many families and loved ones taking a stand and giving the addict in their lives an ultimatum, using an intervention and in some cases, the help from an intervention specialist to facilitate the process. If addict agrees to seek treatment, they will soon begin their own road to recovery. But what about the family? How do they heal from the addiction’s effects that have changed their lives? Family therapy can help everyone deal with the aftermath and help promote a healthy recovery environment for the family.
Family Therapy for Drug Addiction
Addiction rehab typically includes intensive therapy sessions and counseling, which helps the addict to understand why they have an addiction, and prepare them to live a sober lifestyle. But, if they return home to family members and loved ones who have not healed from the addiction, it could be a stressful environment. Many addicts will lie, cheat, and steal when they suffer from the disease. This causes rifts between the addict and their family, especially when it comes to trust—which is why it’s so important for the family to understand the disease.
In a group therapy setting, it’s easy for family members and loved ones to address boundary and denial issues, as well as underlying family structure of relationships and possibly dysfunction. Another great thing about family therapy is that for perhaps the first time, rather than focusing on the individual addict, they are focusing on the family as a system.
The first step in family therapy is to make sure everyone is comfortable sharing their feelings. Encouraging everyone to share their true feelings rather than hiding them. The next step is to create a plan moving forward. Talking about feelings is great—but there has to be more to it. The family will set goals together and individually to help deal with any issues.
The work doesn’t stop when therapy is complete—in fact, the family will have to work very hard. The final step is to maintain the personal and group goals set during therapy. This way, when they come back to therapy sessions they can work on updating plans and goals as necessary. If this doesn’t happen, it will be far too easy for people to fall back into old habits, including trying to control the addict or enabling them.
For help with planning an intervention, addiction therapy, family therapy or any general addiction related questions, contact Treatment Now. Call today at 844-438-8689.