Learn How Family Therapy Addiction Recovery ProgramHow Family Therapy Aids in Recovery

Addiction is often seen as an individual struggle, one that mainly affects the person who has a substance use problem. But, when an individual is suffering from alcohol or drug abuse, it impacts those around him or her, too.

It’s true that substance abuse impacts people in different ways, causing varying changes and effects in their lives. Still, it’s clear that, regardless of the type of substance use disorder, the family members of those who have addictions also feel the impact of the problem.

In other words, addiction does not only affect a person who has a substance use problem. It also impacts his or her loved ones. So, when it comes to recovery and treatment for addiction, family involvement is often both important and necessary.

Family support can be vital to the addiction recovery process. However, because addiction has the power to tear families apart, it’s important to re-establish broken relationships. Our family therapy addiction recovery program at Crest View Recovery Center aims to help everyone involved heal.

Healing for the Whole Family During Addiction Treatment

If you have been suffering from an addiction to alcohol or drugs, it’s likely that you have wondered if it was possible for you to ever break free from an addictive lifestyle. Perhaps you’ve experienced fear, hopelessness, and helplessness. Like many others who have fallen prey to the disease of addiction, you might be facing much uncertainty right now.

It’s difficult to end substance abuse. Withdrawing from excessive alcohol use or drug abuse can be more challenging than many people realize. No doubt, you’ve been misunderstood and even struggled to understand your own battle.

Also, perhaps your family has had a difficult time understanding what you’re going through. But, they are also working through the effects of your addiction on their lives. 

Substance abuse has a way of changing people. It leads to behavioral changes and often causes people to become much different than they were before.

Some individuals become withdrawn from loved ones, living lives of secrecy in order to hide their substance use. Alcoholism and drug abuse can also cause people to become irritable, aggressive, or even violent. Many times, addiction causes people to lose interest in things they once enjoyed.

These changes can put a strain on the family and create an emotional and, sometimes, a physical distance between various members of the family and their addicted loved ones. Many times, people experience confusion and emotional pain because of the addiction problems their loved ones have.

This is why the recovery process is not only for those who are suffering from drug use or alcohol abuse; it’s also for their families. Recovery is meant to be a time of healing for all of those who were impacted by the effects of an addiction problem. That includes the close family and friends of those who have a loved one in recovery. 

Family therapy for addiction recovery is one way in which families can receive healing and work through the recovery process together.

How A Family Therapy Addiction Recovery Program Helps Families

Family therapy is one of the most effective ways for families to process the effects of their loved ones’ addiction problems and work through the aftermath of these issues. Therapy offers people a safe place to speak about and work through their emotions and feelings. It also allows people to gain more information about addiction, its effects on their loved ones, and how to ensure a successful recovery.

There are many benefits to this therapeutic approach that you may not recognize. For example, family therapy here at Crest View Recovery Center (CVRC) helps families in four primary ways:

  • Educates family members and affected individuals about addiction
  • Promotes open and honest communication through early intervention
  • Mends damaged relationships
  • Strengthens the family dynamic

Family members may only see one side of the coin. Overall, the family therapy addiction recovery program will help to bring this truth to light. Families may see their loved one’s actions as selfish or careless. Sometimes, people even believe that substance abuse is a choice. This often leads people to misunderstand addiction and just how seriously it affects individuals who suffer from it.

In this case, families may not even recognize addiction as a disease. Instead, their reaction may be, “How can you do this to us?” Although tough love is a normal reaction, it can ultimately drive individuals deeper into their addiction. However, the opposite can be true, as well. In some ways, families can enable their loved one’s addictive behaviors. Consistently helping in a pinch, making excuses for negative behaviors, and providing financial assistance can be all be considered enabling.

Although enabling behavior is usually unintentional, it can be very dangerous. Not only does it give the opportunity for individuals to continue abusing drugs and alcohol, but it can also cause people to become overwhelmed with trying to keep their addicted loved one “happy.”

A family therapy addiction program helps family units to understand that addiction is not a choice; it’s a disease that their loved ones can’t control on their own. Will power alone is not enough. Those who struggle with alcoholism or drug abuse need help in order to overcome these problems. Just as addicted individuals need help in order to break free from the grasp of addiction, their loved ones need help and support to do the same. Group therapy for the family is often a very effective method for this. Family therapy can also help to mend relationships that were broken because of addiction. Members of the family can also learn how to assist their loved ones in remaining free from substance abuse relapse.

How Family Therapy Helps the Addicted Individual

Perhaps substance abuse has caused trouble in your own life as well as in the lives of those you love. Maybe you’ve been trying to understand how you even ended up struggling with addiction in the first place. 

People who use drugs or alcohol rarely do it with the intention of becoming addicted to these substances. Casual, occasional drinks turn into excessive alcohol use. Experimentation with heroin turns into years of destructive, illicit drug addiction. Dependence on pain medication turns into prescription drug abuse. 

Addiction doesn’t develop overnight. But, sometimes the signs are difficult to recognize. Many people become addicted to substances they’re using without even realizing what’s happening in their lives.

Once an addiction develops, people often feel overwhelmed with shame, grief, and fear. It’s possible that you’ve experienced these feelings, too. But, you don’t have to let them stop you from getting the help you need. Therapy and treatment can help you to find the freedom you deserve. And family therapy can help you and your family to work through recovery.

Family therapy isn’t just about helping family members understand addiction. It also helps you understand how your addiction does to your family. You may not have recognized the damage your addiction caused while you were using alcohol or drugs. This type of therapy works to break down communication barriers, and it enables those in recovery to achieve inner peace.

Other Types of Therapy at CVRC

Here at Crest View Recovery Center, we also offer a variety of other therapy approaches. We understand that each individual who has a substance use problem has unique needs and may require other types of therapy in order to successfully end substance use in their lives. 

A family therapy addiction recovery program is just one facet of our addiction therapy services. We also offer individual therapy for substance abuse and group therapy for addiction to providing a solid recovery foundation. As part of our extensive rehab treatment program, we blend these therapies into your daily clinical care. After the initial treatment, family therapy is still available as part of our intensive outpatient program.

Whether you need help overcoming drug use, alcoholism, or you need support throughout a loved one’s recovery, we are here for you!

The Best Place to Start Your Recovery

No doubt, your family has been torn apart by a loved one’s addiction. One of the most important things to remember right now is that blaming yourself for your addiction won’t help to solve the problem. It will only lead to severe feelings of guilt and shame, which can be obstacles in recovery.

Maybe you don’t have a substance use disorder but a loved one is battling alcoholism or drug abuse. Again, placing blame on him or her will not help to solve anything. It may only make matters worse. Instead, it’s best to focus on taking the right step toward healing.  Addiction is the problem here and the best solution is to get help. 

A professional treatment center can help to bring healing to you or an addicted family member. Whether your parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent is facing an addiction problem, rest assured that your family does not have to fight this battle alone. 

Don’t let substance abuse and addiction to continue to divide your family. In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Crest View Recovery Center can help you reestablish family and spousal relationships. Learn more about our family therapy addiction rehab program in North Carolina. Contact Crest View Recovery Center today at (866) 327-2505.

References:

https://www.drugrehab.org/family-counseling-addiction-treatment/ 

https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/role-family-addiction-recovery/ 

Article Reviewed by Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCSPatrice has over 30 years experience working in social work and mental health/substance abuse counseling. She received her Master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and has worked in a variety of settings, including community-based outpatient, hospital and classroom settings. Patrice specializes in substance abuse treatment, trauma and women’s issues.