Family addiction therapy has been proven to offer positive results in drug addiction treatment for many people. Family addiction therapy treatment involves the patient along with at least one family member with the goal of teaching the non-addict positive ways to support a loved one through recovery.
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Here are some things about family addiction therapy to consider.
A family member with an addiction can have a far greater effect on those around them than they often realize. Family addiction therapy can help the addict to understand how their actions are perceived by loved ones, but it’s also beneficial for teaching family members positive things they can do to assist with recovery.
Family behavior therapy also addresses other co-occurring problems as well, such as co-dependence, enablement, depression, conflict and other forms of mistreatment. When a family member attends treatment along with the addict, family roles become clearer but both parties learn more about positive family addiction support throughout the recovery process.
Many non-addicted family members blame themselves as somehow being at fault for a spouse or loved one developing a drug addiction. Some people may also not understand the nature of the addiction and seek to judge or belittle the person with the substance abuse problem, which results in making recovery more difficult.
Involving family members in treatment allows them to learn more about the real nature of drug or alcohol addiction. Effective therapy also addresses any unhealthy imbalances in communication that can be crucial during addiction recovery.
Depending on the substance of abuse, some addicts may have experienced violent or psychotic episodes. Family members who have been victims to those episodes may require counseling to help them understand how drugs have changed brain chemistry to cause those events and how they can play a part in assisting with recovery.
Inpatient addiction therapy focuses on medical detox and removing the drug from the addict’s body. The intention is to break the physical addiction to the drug. However, ongoing treatment and family support is required to help the addict recover from the psychological aspect of the addiction.
Some family members may require their own family addiction counseling to address codependency issues. Codependency begins when one member of the family goes against their own beliefs or opinions in order to please another party. Some cases of codependency within families can deteriorate into domestic violence, especially when a drug or alcohol abusing spouse doesn’t know any other way to convey anger and frustration.
Seeking family therapy can be an ideal way to identify and strengthen interdependent family roles. Communication techniques are improved, which can be beneficial for assisting the addict through recovery treatment, but also improve self-confidence and self-worth at the same time.
Many family members of a drug or alcohol addict may live with a level of self-blame or shame that their loved one has developed an addiction. In an effort to help the addict recover, many spouses will try to adopt the role of a caretaker and shield the addict from the true extent of the consequences of their addiction.
Addiction can tear families apart, especially when communication breaks down. Anger and frustration can lead to resentment in some people. In others, it can turn to domestic violence or other forms of physical or emotional abuse.
When family situations become stressful, an addict will often turn to using more drugs or alcohol in an effort to cope with the stress. Some addicts may even pick fights to give them an excuse to turn to substance use to make them feel better.
Helping an addict seek assistance on their own for their problem is a good start to therapy, as it can help them to address that the addiction exists. The key to effective treatment is building stronger family bonds through the therapy process. Ongoing therapy is ideal for supporting both the non-addicted family member and the recovering addict during rehabilitation.
One of the primary benefits of family therapy is helping non-addicts understand more about addiction. As awareness increases, family members are then able to offer more assistance and support for a loved one going through recovery. Therapy can also help non-addicts learn to identify early warning signs of relapse, which can significantly reduce the risk of the addict returning to drug or alcohol use.
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