Many substance abuse treatment approaches involve individual and group therapy, but family therapy is also essential. Although the person seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder is the patient, family members feel the impacts of their loved one’s addiction. Involving them in therapy helps them obtain addiction education, learn to avoid enabling the patient and support their loved one.
How Can Family Therapy Help?
In many cases, families need guidance when staging an intervention to encourage a loved one to attend rehab. They may seek out therapy to determine how to approach their family member about their drug use and how to encourage them to get help.
After someone enrolls in treatment, family therapy should continue. Some of the benefits include the following:
- Bringing attention to codependent and enabling behaviors
- Identifying behavior patterns that encourage or break a cycle of drug use
- Learning more about addiction as a disease
- Learning how family members can play a role in their loved one’s treatment
- Providing positive support for the patient and other family members
- Helping family members learn how to continue support after treatment ends
- Providing tools for improving the relationships between patients and family members
Patients often feel judged or scrutinized by their family members. Going through therapy together establishes a framework of non-judgmental support and compassion. Everyone involved in therapy will gain a better understanding of their strengths and their weaknesses so that they can work on what’s needed to create a healthy environment at home.
Who Could Use Family Therapy?
Children are especially susceptible to confusion when it comes to addiction. Involving them in therapy as well as encouraging them to attend individual therapy can be helpful. Therapists who facilitate addiction therapy sessions can also ensure that children are not subject to abuse or neglect.
However, addiction can affect anyone in the family. Parents may need to learn how to establish trust in a situation in which a child has been abusing drugs. They may require communication skills and advice about setting appropriate limits.
Siblings may need to talk about their emotions as they relate to their sister’s or brother’s substance use. They may need to draw attention to their own actions that may or may not support their family member’s sobriety.
Family Therapy In Outpatient Treatment
When you attend a Residential Treatment center, you must leave your family. This may be a welcome situation for people who deal with abuse, negativity or triggers at home. However, the problems at home don’t go away just because you’re not immersed in them on a daily basis.
Residential programs often try to incorporate family therapy. However, it’s especially important in an Outpatient program because the person seeking help may still be living at home.
There are several forms of this type of therapy. Counselors may meet with family members individually, or patients may get together with their loved ones and a facilitator at the same time. Family support groups are available for people who want to continue with this type of therapy even after they’ve left the treatment facility.
At Gateway Foundation Joliet, we use family therapy as part of a comprehensive program for treating addiction. In our Outpatient setting, we also offer the following approaches to care:
- Trauma therapy
- Group therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Recovery Community
If you are struggling with addiction, you may be worried that your family is not on your side. Call Gateway Foundation Joliet at 815.206.8477 to learn more about family therapy. We can help you get on the same page as your family members so that you can work through this challenging time as a team.