Parents of an adult addict often find themselves between a rock and a hard place, to say the least. They want to show love and support, to help their son or daughter through an incredibly difficult and perilous time, but that child may not be interested in receiving aid. For those who aren’t sure where to go next, consider family therapy in order to engage the family as a whole to learn how the addiction of one member has affected everyone.
How Family Therapy Can Help with Parenting an Adult Addict
“As parents, it can be difficult to accept that our kids make mistakes, but that’s a lot easier to accept than admitting that a child has become an addict.” The goal of family therapy, then, is to bring everyone together in order to address the situation in a way that is both productive and safe.
Including families in alcohol and substance abuse treatment is important for several reasons. First, families provide a strong support system for the affected member. Often, however this support system needs to be strengthened, having been damaged by the turmoil that the substance addiction can bring on a family. Therefore, family therapy builds the framework from which family can provide a support system not only for the affected member, but for the many relationships within a family (e.g., parent – child, sibling – sibling), and the family as a whole.
Another goal of family therapy is prevention of the development of substance abuse issues in other members of the family. Studies have shown that if one member of a family is a substance user, that other members of the family have a higher likelihood of becoming substance users as well. In no relationship is this likelihood higher than in the parent – child relationship. The children of parents who are alcohol or substance users are more likely to become alcohol or substance users themselves.
Family therapy is crucial in the effort to prevent children and other family members from developing substance addictions. To learn more about how the parents of an adult addict can take helpful action, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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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]