Our dedicated team at The Family Place firmly believes that everyone should have access to family support, which is why we offer an intimate, family-like community. We encourage family involvement in rehabilitation and aftercare.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Involving family members in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment can positively affect client engagement, retention, and outcomes.” You can gain strength and motivation from including family in the recovery process. In addition, positive family involvement can decrease the risk of relapse and assist with healing, building self-accountability, and self-confidence.
Interventions and Supporting Family Members in Crisis
If you have a loved one struggling with addictive behaviors, you are not alone, and there are ways you can encourage them to get help. At The Family Place, we provide many services and resources, including interventions. Not everyone knows how to reach out for help, or perhaps they cannot recognize the depth of their addiction. We can help highlight the damaging effects of substance misuse and present available treatment options. Your loved one does not have to live in pain any longer.
Part of our intervention services include:
- Providing education to individuals in crisis and their family
- Assisting families and individuals in navigating admissions and the rehabilitation process
- Educating pregnant women in crisis about the effects of substance misuse on their health and the health of their baby
- One-on-one intervention discussion with individuals in crisis
- Guiding families through the intervention process
The Journal of Food and Drug Analysis reported that “Family interventions can help the family influence or pressure the member with the SUD to enter treatment and get help, address the impact of the SUD on the family system and members, help the family support the member with the SUD, and help the family address their own reactions and problems associated with their loved one’s SUD.” Individuals struggling with substance misuse often need to overcome ambivalence over the idea of treatment and rehabilitation. Family support can make all the difference.
Multigenerational Substance Misuse
Recovery is a lifelong journey with many unexpected setbacks. Individuals who live with family members who engage in active addictive behaviors face more challenges. Multigenerational substance misuse and mental health disorders can complicate treatment in multiple ways.
According to Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors, “Substance abuse also appears to be highly transmissible from one generation to the next. Additionally, there appear to be genetic influences on substance use in general.” In most cases, family members do not get treatment simultaneously, which means the person actively engaged in addictive behaviors can trigger close family members who endeavor to gain and maintain sobriety.
A few ways multigenerational substance misuse can affect individuals in treatment include:
- Lack of support during treatment and continuing care
- Stigmas and self-stigmatization
- Financial strain
- Increased risk of relapse
- Increased stress and anxiety
Addiction and Family Dysfunction
Science has proven genetic links exist that may contribute to addictive behaviors, making them more likely to manifest in multiple close family members over several generations. Other risk factors include:
- Toxic home environment
- Family history of mental health issues
- Family abuse, including childhood abuse and domestic abuse
- Sexual assault or abuse
Sometimes, only one family member struggles with addiction, causing dynamics to shift. Treatment programs offered at The Family Place encourage family engagement when it benefits the client to ensure healthy family dynamics during early recovery. Family therapy is an excellent tool to help overcome relationship issues related to substance misuse and promote healthier relationships.
Family Support During Treatment
Family support during treatment significantly impacts the effectiveness of all treatment programs and decreases the risk of relapse or backsliding into maladaptive routines. Individuals with co-occurring mental health and SUDs often experience more severe symptoms and benefit from having family members assist in the following ways:
- Maintaining accountability
- Transportation to appointments and providing appointment reminders
- Medication management
- More extensive support system and crisis intervention
- Temporary financial or housing assistance
- Motivating healthy behaviors and goals
Watching someone you love go through the early stages of treatment and recovery can be difficult. You want to help and show your support for their choice to achieve sobriety. As a family member of someone undergoing rehabilitation at The Family Place, you will have access to various support services and other resources. Find out more by checking out our Family Program page.
How Family Affects Aftercare and Recovery
Individuals who receive support from family and close friends during treatment and recovery are more likely to maintain sobriety long-term and make healthier lifestyle changes to help them heal. According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), “Research demonstrates that treatment, recovery, and family well-being outcomes improve when the complex needs of each family member are met through supportive services such as parenting programs, children’s developmental and therapeutic services, and attachment-based family therapeutic services.”
The Family Place offers the following:
- Comprehensive parenting programs and skill development
- Family therapy and alternative therapy options
- Aftercare services for families in crisis
Many individuals find that the most challenging part of treatment comes during the transition from a treatment program to continuing care under the guidance of private or community-based support groups, therapists, and medical centers. We offer aftercare and alumni services that include the following tailored resources:
- Parenting classes
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Help for pregnant or new mothers
- Items for newborns
- Financial, housing, and job placement services
- Referrals to therapists and doctors
- 12-Step facilitation
The Family Place also provides a safe and comfortable sober living community where you can build up confidence and coping skills before returning to independent living. We offer a full continuum of care. Learn more by visiting our Treatment and Services pages.
Get help overcoming the effects of SUD. The Family Place heavily emphasizes the importance of family support during treatment and recovery. Contact us to learn more about our family programs and services. Call 1-800-501-7796 today to speak with a dedicated intake specialist.