Family Therapy

You are not alone, and you do not have to continue living with the pain and struggle of addiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that “One in 14 Americans reports experiencing a substance use disorder [SUD].” Millions of families around the country are affected by the disorder every year. At The Family Place, we believe everyone should have access to intimate support and a family-focused environment where they can heal and recover from the devastating effects of addiction. Family therapy is one of the tools we use to accomplish this goal.

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What Is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that combines talk therapy and other methodologies to facilitate healthier relationships between loved ones by doing the following:

  • Improving communication
  • Analyzing family dynamics
  • Developing healthy personal boundaries
  • Decreasing conflicts through problem-solving and active listening
  • Increasing self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Creating a judgment-free space
  • Encouraging empathy and compassion

The benefits of family therapy can enhance other treatments, including individual therapy. We can introduce family therapy at any stage of treatment. You will collaborate with our clinicians to determine if family therapy is right for you and your loved ones and the best way to introduce it into your treatment plan. All of our programs offer access to this form of therapy and other family support services. For most clients who choose to participate in family therapy, the results are better if they start after reaching a certain level of emotional and physical stability.

Who Can Attend Family Therapy?

Anyone you have a close relationship with can attend family therapy. Many people assume it is limited to blood relatives or significant others. However, family therapy is a very adaptive form of treatment and can be used to strengthen or repair many types of relationships. The following are a few of the individuals often involved in family therapy:

  • Close friends, including roommates
  • Siblings, parents, children, and extended family
  • Adoptive families
  • “Chosen” family members that are not legally related to you
  • Peers and members of the recovery community
  • Mentors and individuals you look up to or rely on

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “‘Family‘ means a group of two or more people with close and enduring emotional ties.” Anyone who has a significant impact on your life can participate in family therapy. However, not everyone should attend this type of therapy. For example, family therapy may be counterproductive if your loved one has personal, cultural, or religious beliefs that do not allow them to embrace therapeutic practices.

We may use alternative methods to accommodate individual beliefs to make the treatment more accessible. The Family Place incorporates family resources and services into every program to ensure each client has an opportunity to overcome family challenges related to substance misuse.

What to Expect From Family Therapy

We tailor every treatment to meet the needs of our clients. You will work with a therapist experienced with teaching interpersonal skills that you can use to rebuild relationships and strengthen bonds with close friends and family members. A typical session will involve discussing issues and problem-solving to find healthy solutions. The format and neutral location make it easier to feel safe expressing fears, doubts, regrets, and worries.

The therapist will guide you and your loved ones through the process of understanding things from alternative perspectives and provide insight into specific behaviors and thought patterns that might contribute to family discord or maladaptive routines.

You may do the following during daily or weekly therapy sessions:

  • Discuss your thoughts and feelings
  • Actively listen to other points of view
  • Use therapeutic exercises like role-playing
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Identify conflicts
  • Create and maintain boundaries
  • Set short-term and long-term goals

Motivation for change can play a significant role in the treatment and recovery process. Family therapy often reveals new motivations and personal goals that will keep you working hard each day to heal and keep moving forward.

Overcoming Multigenerational Substance Misuse

Some families suffer from multigenerational substance misuse and related disorders. Common issues faced by individuals who have close relatives with SUD include:

  • Increased risk of relapse
  • Increased risk of developing a mental health disorder
  • More severe symptoms related to anxiety and depression
  • Less emotional support

Recovery becomes more difficult when you need to regularly interact with a family member who actively misuses substances. You may encounter stigmatizing behaviors surrounding treatment and recovery. Learn more by visiting our Family Dynamics page.

Family Members in Your Support System 

Stigmas surrounding substance misuse and treatment can sometimes strain close relationships. Family therapy provides a neutral space where individuals can get educated about the realities of addiction and how it can impact daily life and family dynamics. You will benefit from having family members become part of your support system during treatment and early recovery. Few people will understand you and the struggles you have to overcome better than close friends and family. In addition, they often know how best to provide support in a way that resonates with you. 

Family therapy allows you to maintain close relationships without falling into codependent behavioral patterns. Your family members can help you by doing the following:

  • Offering emotional support 
  • Encouraging accountability
  • Providing a healthy environment for healing

Aftercare and Family Therapy 

Family therapy often takes place over a relatively short period of time, making it ideal for rehabilitation programs. However, family issues like multigenerational mental health and substance use disorders may require follow-up therapy sessions. Your case manager will provide you with any necessary referrals and resources to ensure you continue receiving the support you need to keep healing from the effects of SUD.

Get support today with overcoming family-related issues. The Family Place offers a wide range of treatments and services, including family therapy and family support resources. To speak with one of our dedicated intake specialists, call us at 1-800-501-7796.

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