Importance of Family Involvement in the Recovery Process
Because addiction is a family disease, it’s crucial that the family is involved in the treatment and healing process. Usually, there are feelings of guilt, shame, jealousy and anger that must be addressed. Family therapy provides a safe, non-judgemental space that allows family members to share their feelings in a productive manner.
Also, as the addict works on their recovery, it creates new dynamics in the family structure. It’s important for family members to recognize their new roles and healthy ways to support their loved one. For example, enabling and codependency are common in families with addiction. In order for a healthy recovery to occur, family members must recognize these unhealthy patterns and how to stop them from sabotaging their loved one’s recovery.
Southeast Addiction offers a Family Program that works closely with families to provide them with the support and guidance they need. With this program, our families can work through their struggles, identify negative behaviors and learn how to create a supportive environment that promotes sobriety. A full recovery is within reach when you have the right tools available!
Topics Covered in Our Family Therapy Program
At Southeast Addiction, we strongly encourage family members to be involved in the recovery process. Not all addiction treatment centers offer a family component. Some assume that the client doesn’t have family or that involving the family would be more of a distraction than a benefit.
However, we believe that involving the family in the recovery process is essential. A Family Program like ours gives families the opportunity to work through their own struggles so they can heal and grow stronger as a unit. After all, their loved one will be returning home from treatment soon and it’s important that the home is a safe space.