Family Therapy at Add-Life Recovery Center
The effects of opioid addiction aren’t limited to the addicted person, and the underlying causes of abuse can be multifaceted and difficult to understand – family issues can contribute to the illness of addiction. For this reason, addiction is often referred to as a “family disease.” Therefore, successful treatment and recovery from opioid abuse often includes the family of the person struggling with addiction.
Since there is no set definition for “family,” family therapy may be appropriate even if you are not related. Significant others, friends, and coworkers may choose to attend this form of treatment to help in your recovery.
Unfortunately, many family members of those struggling with an addiction to opiates believe they do not need to be involved with the patient’s therapy because the addict is the one with the problem. It is common for family members to take the initial steps in getting help for their loved one by addressing the problem, holding an intervention and encouraging treatment — but the family’s role does not end there. While an addict must make the choice to seek treatment in order to recover from opioid addiction, family therapy and involvement plays a vital role in helping in their loved one’s recovery.
The main purpose of family therapy at Add - Life Recovery Center is to discover and use the family’s strengths and resources to help find or develop ways to live without an addiction to opioids.
Another reason that family therapy is effective in opioid abuse treatment is that it creates a neutral setting in which members of the family meet to solve problems. Such a forum for expression and negotiation is frequently absent from the family of people with a substance problem. Without family counseling intervention, if the subject of opioid abuse is discussed at home, the tone of the conversation is likely to be accusatory and negative.
In the supportive environment of family therapy sessions at Add-Life Recovery Center, negativity and hostility can be redirected in ways that feel emotionally safe. Our highly trained therapists are able to address, mediate, and restructure conflicts among family members. Our therapists help ensure that every family member’s voice is heard within a safe environment. Feelings such as fear, anger, and concern can be expressed and validated. Frequently, family members are surprised to learn that their loved ones share similar feelings, and new lines of communication are created.
Additionally, family therapy helps the family members garner a new perspective on addiction, as well as understand how their own behavior unintentionally assists in the patient’s addiction. All too often, family members shield the addict from the consequences of his or her negative behavior. This enabling behavior actually promotes the addiction. An important part of family therapy is to help family members become aware of their own behaviors or the roles they have assumed in order to cope with their loved one’s addiction. This awareness will help in ending the cycles of enabling or codependency. Without addressing these behaviors through family therapy, the addict’s probability of long-term recovery is greatly reduced because only one facet of the addiction is treated, instead of the whole.
You can expect many positives to result from family therapy sessions at Add-Life Recovery Center.
- Assisting the opiate user to gain awareness of their needs and behaviors.
- Improving the mental and physical state of the entire family.
- Improving communication styles and relationship quality.
- Helping families understand and avoid enabling and codependent behaviors..
- Learning and understanding the resources in place that support and deter opiate use.
- Preventing substance abuse from spreading throughout the family or down through future generations.
At Add-Life Recovery Center we understand that each of these improvements in family life and coping skills is extremely beneficial to the recovery process. It is clearly a step forward for the family of a person addicted to opioids to become a stable, supportive environment within which recovery can be sustained.