When someone falls victim to the disease of addiction, there is usually some form of collateral damage. Unfortunately, a lot of that collateral damage falls directly on the addict’s loved ones. Any attempts at recovery will rely on the help of others. These others are usually the same loved ones that were adversely affected by the addiction. Accordingly, it becomes clear that family therapy from a treatment facility bears serious consideration.
About Family Therapy
Setting aside the patient for a moment, loved ones and good friends also have to deal with their loved one’s addiction and recovery. For example, they have to endure the cheating, lying and watching from the sidelines as the addict’s life falls apart. It’s not an easy thing to do. Moreover, some people become enablers who unintentionally help the addict maintain their addiction. In contrast, others choose to turn away out of fear of the inevitable fall they can’t bear to see. In either case, it flies in the face of how families are supposed to support one another.
Clinicians have designed family therapy to pull families back together. Essentially, it is a group approach to treatment. The goal of family therapy is to identify the complex nature of the interacting relationships and use that to develop support mechanisms. Family therapy is integrated with other aspects of treatment. At Ocean Recovery, we use family counseling to enhance our different treatment plans. We feel patients respond better to treatment if they have allies in the fight.
The Benefits of Family Therapy
The way families interact is often complicated. If an addiction counselor is doing their job, they will work to understand these relationships and help them heal. This is incredibly important when these relationships could be playing a role in the individual’s addiction.
Family counseling or therapy helps to reestablish the lines of communication. It provides a format for family members to express concerns in a constructive manner. In addition, it helps family members better understand how they may be enabling their loved one’s behavior. Many times, family members feel they are being supportive of a loved one who is suffering. In fact, enabling only serves to ensure the addict will continue using drugs and/or alcohol.
As the family progresses through family sessions, they get the opportunity to repair the relationship damage. It’s very encouraging for the patient to see strained relationships soften and improve. It gives them some level of confidence that they can count on family support as they move through recovery. Support groups are a big part of the recovery process. It can come in the form of group therapy sessions or even a 12-step program. However, as important as those kinds of aid can be, nothing compares to the support of loved ones.
General Information About Ocean Recovery
Ocean Recovery sits in the beautiful community of Newport Beach, California. We provide gender-specific treatment services for both men and women. Our focus is on individuals age 18-24. However, we keep our doors open for anyone who needs professional help. We have built our “Foundation of Hope” on the concept that each patient is an individual. As such, they need us to tailor a treatment plan that meets their specific needs.
For the most part, we focus on long-treatment (90 days or more). Our counselors will develop treatment plans from one or more of the following options:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)
- Family Systems
- Interpersonal training
- Psychiatry – Dual diagnosis treatment
If you suffer from an addiction, both you and your family could need healing. Together, you can rebuild your lives and relationships for a better, healthier future as a family. Call Ocean Recovery for more information about our available programs. The number is 800-641-2388. In sum, the road to recovery begins with the first step, admitting you need help. With the proper treatment and family support, your odds of a complete recovery are excellent.