Family Therapy Addiction Treatment Program
When individuals develop a substance abuse problem, it’s not uncommon for loved ones to turn to a family rehab center for help. That’s because drug or alcohol addictions have far-reaching consequences for a household: It’s only a matter of time before a loved one’s substance abuse threatens to tear the family apart.
Numerous studies, including one published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), have discovered that those who participated in family therapy were more likely to maintain their sobriety than those who did not.
Addiction’s Impact on the Family
Addiction’s negative impacts on a family are well researched. According to the American Psychological Association, family members struggling with substance abuse have a higher propensity for illness, domestic violence and personal conflicts.
Family members, often ignorant of the addiction their loved one is grappling with, are left to reconcile this new, disturbing behavior without context. Major shifts in behavior are just one of the many ways that family members are directly harmed by a loved one’s battle with addiction.
This tendency for someone’s unhealthy behaviors to negatively impact the rest of the family is described by SAMSHA as the family disease model of substance abuse.
Family Therapy Highlights Harmful Behaviors
One of the ways that family therapy is effective in treating the disease of addiction is by improving communication between loved ones. Clear communication makes it possible for family members to address a loved one’s substance abuse directly. In many cases, the family member with a substance abuse problem is unaware of how his or her behaviors are negatively impacting the rest of the family.
Open communication, facilitated by family therapy, allows for family members to speak openly about these issues without fear of their concerns being rejected. Once these conversations have taken place, family members can establish a higher level of mutual accountability.
Family Therapy For Addiction Exposes Toxic Emotions
The self-destructive behaviors that characterize addiction have lasting consequences for the rest of the family. It’s not surprising when these negative emotions evolve into resentment toward the individual struggling with substance abuse. Unfortunately, these same individuals are more likely to become defensive and subsequently relapse when they believe that they have lost the support of their family.
This resulting tension encourages more substance abuse, creating even greater feelings of mistrust between family members. A family therapy program provides an opportunity for participants to identify and correct these toxic behavioral patterns.
At The Treatment Center, our certified staff of physicians and therapists are dedicated to helping families eliminate addiction from their lives. Get in touch with us today if you suspect that a loved one is struggling with addiction. Our admissions counselors are available to answer your questions 24/7.