In family therapy, family members will participate in treatment along with their loved one suffering from addiction. A family therapy treatment program will be designed based on the individual needs of the individual and each family. For example, the requirements of a married couple in family therapy may differ from that of a single parent and their children or that of a blended family. This flexibility in family therapy programs is intended to accommodate many different individuals, group dynamics and circumstances.

The goal of all family therapy programs, however, is the same — to educate the family about addiction and the process of recovery and enable the family to support the recovering individual as best as possible after rehab. This understanding can improve family members’ accountability for their behavior, and sessions designed for the family members only (without the recovering individual) can give them the specific support they need to help their loved one after treatment.

How Therapy Can Help Your Family Members Cope and Recover

Family members of an individual struggling with addiction may still not fully understand their loved one’s problem or the process of recovery. This is natural since there is much to know about addiction, but without thorough knowledge, family members will be unable to support their loved ones fully after treatment. One of the most critical concepts that family members will come away with after family therapy is that drug addiction is an illness and disease and not a choice made by their loved one. This critical takeaway alone can help transform the attitude of family members and their relationship with the individual in recovery.

How a Healthy Family Life Can Support Your Recovery

Many family members of those in recovery struggle with the gray area between helping their loved ones and enabling them. They probably have a long history of behaviors which helped sustain the addiction of their loved ones without even knowing it. It can be incredibly risky, then, for an individual to leave rehab and return to home and family life where past family dynamics remain unchanged. Triggers coupled with the family’s enabling behaviors can quickly lead to relapse and more severe health issues.

Family therapy helps to educate families so that they can minimize the risks their loved one faces when they return home and help them sustain their recovery. For example, offering the individual too much help can inhibit their ability to handle issues independently, but offering too support help can leave them vulnerable. The better family members understand the whole process of recovery, the better they can manage their own behaviors and allow their loved ones to grow in strength and independence and heal.

Patients Can Draw Critical Support From Their Families

Proper support, especially at home, can help recovering individuals maintain their sobriety after treatment. People in recovery often feel alone, as if no one truly understands their problems or pain. When family members enter therapy with their loved ones, they can help bridge this gap, offering their loved ones greater understanding and the kind of support they need, and this can lower their risks of relapse. Also, when family members understand their loved one’s triggers, they can work together to help avoid problems and handle them better when they arise.

How Family Therapy Can Help Stop the Spread of Addiction

Genetics and hereditary play a role in determining who will succumb to addiction. This means that family members of recovering individuals statistically have a much higher likelihood of also having addiction or substance abuse problems. Healing from a drug or alcohol problem, then, will also substantially lower the risks other family members have of developing their own drug and alcohol problems. Your own course of treatment along with comprehensive family treatment can significantly reduce the spread of this disease to your loved ones. While adult family members can derive a significant benefit, if you have children, you can help lower or eliminate their risk of lifelong problems before they start as well.

Family Therapy at Bayview Recovery

A comprehensive rehab program will include a broad spectrum of treatment modalities so that you have many choices and options and that an individualized rehab program can be created explicitly for your needs. Bayview Recovery offers its clients a robust family therapy model in addition to many other leading-edge modalities to give our clients the best chance of recovery. Our treatment modalities include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Meditation, mindfulness and yoga therapy
  • Somatic and trauma therapy
  • Art therapy

Our programs are led by qualified and trained counselors who have a wealth of experience treating addiction in people from wide-ranging backgrounds and circumstances. Further, you can have rehab in an exceptionally comfortable environment designed to feel like home so you can focus on only what matters — healing and rebuilding your life.

Call Bayview Recovery today at 888.570.7154 now to begin your journey towards health and wellbeing.