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Addiction is a family disease. When one person in the family develops a substance abuse issue, it doesn’t solely affect them. No matter what their substance of choice happens to be, their addiction becomes a family disease, because it causes stress to the people living in the family home and to those people closest to the user. One of the casualties of a battle with addiction is the trail of damaged relationships it leaves in its wake. With the right kind of help, repairing relationships after addiction is possible.
Family counseling for alcohol and drug addiction can be very positive and influential. It can help address the steps needed in improving communication and ultimately help begin movement towards a healthy life away from drug and alcohol abuse. Positive family involvement can also help lead the rest of your family toward a journey of recovery and self-discovery. Each family is different, so the approach of family involvement with will differ with every person and family.
We involve engagement of the family as we’re treating their loved one or in some cases without their loved one. We work on helping everyone understand the ways they are affected by living with someone who has a treatable addiction.
Some of our goals with Family Therapy are...
Family members will also learn critical skills:
Good communication can foster a harmonious and loving family relationship. Improving family communication cultivates love, trust, respect, and more importantly, it helps the family learn to cope with life's ups and downs.
"Our goal in Family Counseling is to increase awareness and to help develop the above focus points, so they become consistent behaviors in everyday life. This can help strengthen the whole family unit and hopefully decrease the influence of substance use for all family members".
Fear can make families doubt their basic instincts when it comes to dealing with an alcohol or drug addiction. Even though it is difficult to watch a loved one self-destruct, people are even more afraid of letting the secret out — admitting there is a problem and seeking help. Other families are afraid to approach their loved one; suffering addicts can be manipulative and self-centered, and the family is usually tired or scared of what the person will do or say. Still others do not understand the process of recovery and are willing to allow the addiction to carry on rather than speak up.
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are organizations that are self-supported through member donations. Meetings are available to help family members and friends of Substance Abusers recover from the effects of living with the Substance problem, even if their loved ones haven’t recovered. The key focus of the two groups is to support members by letting them know they aren’t alone in their struggle. ATA also provides individual counseling and help for these family members.