Addiction is a very personal experience, but it doesn’t have to be an individual one. Family therapy sessions have been proven to be highly effective in engaging the family as a whole to learn how the addiction of one member has affected both individual members of the family and the family as a unit. Consider this as an option in your recovery journey, or as a step to take together with a family member who may be struggling.
Find Greater Support with Family Therapy Sessions
Family therapy sessions frame the family as an integral part of the recovery process, and it is. This understanding is crucial so that the patient knows that they have a support system even when things may be turbulent. In fact, these sessions can help all involved to feel a little more connected and to foster a better understanding of the addiction process. Family members can then work together throughout recovery and learn to speak their minds in healthy and productive ways, and the person working through treatment learns to acknowledge the ways in which his or her addiction affects other people.
Everyone involved in the process likely needs some level of healing and reconciliation, which is part of what family therapy sessions offer. They help to build up a framework in which the family members can foster new levels of respect and understanding in a difficult time. When the results of rehab don’t just affect one person, he or she may be more motivated toward recovery and positive change. It also helps to prevent other members of the family from developing similar issues of substance abuse, as research has shown that this is not only possible, but likely, particularly in children of addicts.
Family therapy sessions are meant to “intervene” in a complicated system of relationships in which “changes in one part of the system can and do produce changes in other parts of the system, and these changes can contribute to either problems or solutions.” Obviously, you would want these changes to be positive in all cases, with the patient moving toward a solid recovery and the family not only providing support, but maintaining their own health and well-being. It can be difficult for them to manage their relative’s addiction on top of everything in their own lives, particularly considering potential “consequences of the [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][patient’s] addictive behavior.”
It won’t be easy, but not much about addiction treatment is. The good thing about engaging in family therapy sessions is that no one has to go at it alone, as the family unit not only has the support of each other, but has a professional to guide them and make suggestions based on other therapy experiences that he or she has been involved with. Family is a system that requires attention to and care of all its parts. If one person is suffering from substance abuse, then the other members will likely be negatively affected, too. Even if they don’t develop their own levels of addiction as a result, the difficulties of living with and trying to help the struggling relative can be just as anguishing in a different way. Conversely, though, this connection is what can be used effectively to attend to the needs of those involved more thoroughly.
There is not one single method to family therapy sessions, considering how different people and family units are from one to another. This way, the process can be adapted to individual (and group) needs to produce more apt results that improve the lives of all involved. For more information regarding family therapy, get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]