What to Expect During Family Therapy
When a person struggles with a substance use issue, the entire family is affected. At the same time, a person’s substance abuse may make their family members feel as if they are dealing with an outsider.
If your loved one is struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) and your family is feeling out of control, things may improve after the person enters rehab. Family therapy, in particular, can assist your loved one in reconnecting with and repairing familial relationships that may have been broken during the worst times of their addiction.
The benefits of family therapy can also assist the loved ones of someone in treatment. Group therapy for family members can help them find support and have a better understanding of what their loved one is going through.
How Family Works in Addiction Recovery
A family therapy program for addiction treatment includes group sessions with your loved ones and other family members. You get to meet with a therapist specializing in addiction and family therapy at least once a week for around 50-60 minutes. You also get the opportunity to explore the impact of addiction on your family during the sessions. The therapist will almost certainly begin the group sessions with some open-ended questions, which everyone will have the opportunity to respond to.
When someone is in treatment for SUD, the therapist’s entire focus is on developing recovery objectives. However, when a therapist conducts family therapy, the dynamic changes; the therapist then takes into account the families’ interdependence. As a result, objectives are directed at the complexity of the family unit rather than towards an individual. As a result, this form of therapy is more effective at promoting recovery.
Additionally, some programs offer family-specific group therapy. These group sessions are designed to assist family members of persons who are struggling with addiction in comprehending their loved ones, learning self-care skills, and connecting with others in similar situations. This can foster an atmosphere of mutual support among family members, promoting recovery.
4 Benefits of Family Therapy
#1 Enhanced Communication Between Family Members:
Communication is frequently disrupted in a family when someone is struggling with SUD. The individual who uses the substance may use drugs or alcohol to self-medicate when dealing with a mental health problem or to avoid suffering from prior trauma. As a result, they are unable to express their emotions and anxieties. Substances are utilized to dull the pain of their difficulties. Family therapy helps to mend broken communication channels by educating family members on how to be more open with one another.
#2 Helps Prevent Further Substance Abuse Problems:
If there are any teenagers in the house, this benefit is very important. Family treatment aims to prevent the transmission of SUD from one generation to the next. Substance abuse by parents has an influence on their conduct, which has an impact on their children. A parent’s drug or alcohol use is one of the most important risk factors for young people’s susceptibility to use substances. When therapy incorporates the entire family and is successful, it reduces the likelihood of a teenager using drugs.
#3 Helps in Building Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is necessary for coping with life problems and thriving in a community. People who grow up with poor self-esteem are more susceptible to peer pressure and are more readily persuaded to do things against their choice. They don’t want to be the odd ones out and, therefore, they’ll go to any length to fit in. People who have a strong sense of self-esteem may make decisions without worrying about becoming the odd man out. Low self-esteem can lead to interpersonal issues as well as health issues.
Uninspired parents with poor self-esteem are prone to raise unmotivated children. In addition to helping the children and parents understand each other, a family therapist may help them feel better about themselves and their value in the community. This will improve the family’s outlook and prospects of success.
#4 Discover Patterns of Behavior
Families follow particular routines or behavioral patterns. These patterns might be beneficial or negative depending on the situation. A therapist will assist you in discovering what patterns your family has and how they impact the family dynamic. Understanding the consequences of these patterns of conduct will enable the family unit to work together more successfully.
Through family therapy treatment sessions you could find that specific actions trigger your loved one. Alternatively, you may discover that some periods of the year (such as holidays or vacations) are particularly challenging for everyone. When you recognize these patterns and their consequences, each family member can try to improve the situation.
It’s never too late to start again. Take that step in helping your loved one struggling with addiction by being willing to attend family therapy with them. At Mountain Peak Recovery, we are here to assist the family unit through evidence-based treatment. Before returning to less-structured surroundings, a sober living community allows you to feel confident and comfortable in your recovery. The practical instructions and anticipated self-accountability assist to establish a safe environment in which you may heal and flourish. To learn more about our services and goal-oriented treatments, call us at (801) 824-8829.