Addiction is a condition that has repercussions far beyond individual suffering. Family and friends of the addict or alcoholic are also negatively affected in a variety of ways.
For example, addicts and alcoholics, by nature, can be very selfish. This is because they must put habitual needs above those of others. When addiction takes over the brain, the drive to continue using overtakes every other priority in life.
This may result in emotional pain and suffering on the part of those who love the client. This is a critical problem, because very often the people needed most for support are unable to provide it because of ongoing relationship dysfunction.
However, by including family therapy in addiction treatment, wounds can be healed, and improvements in understanding and communication can help rebuild the foundation for the client’s support system.
Components of Family Therapy
The staff at Just Believe Recovery understand the importance of involving the client’s family and friends in the recovery process. Moreover, the family is a critical component of the client’s ongoing treatment.
In addition to the client, our professionals assess the needs of the family, and provide education about chemical dependence and the facets of addiction. We also provide family support throughout the client’s treatment and recovery.
Within the first week of treatment, a therapist will establish communication with the family. As appropriate, staff will schedule visitations and/or phone conversations between the client and his or her family. As treatment progresses, these sessions will begin to focus on the reintegration of the client and the family.
By addressing addiction using the active involvement of a support system, clients are privy to the love and acceptance they require to regain a foothold in the world outside of addiction. In addition, it also assists loved ones in their own recovery from the damage caused by the user’s addiction.