Alcoholism and drug addiction are commonly referred to as “family diseases” because of their profoundly negative effect on the entire family. Family members and loved ones struggle to help and support the addict while witnessing their loved one continue down the path of self-destruction. This is often a devastating process.
At Miramar Recovery we know that the recovery process can be long and difficult. Family involvement plays a complex, but important role in the healing process. At our Addiction Treatment Center in Newport Beach we provide family therapy to help family members of addicted individuals navigate through the recovery process.
Long term recovery for the addict often depends on the support they will receive after they leave treatment. The involvement, understanding, and support of the family and loved ones for the person abusing alcohol or drugs is critical to lasting healing.
Feelings of helplessness, despair, anxiety, and even anger about the damage that addiction has caused are common and justified. Often alcohol and drug abuse severely damages or even completely severs family and other personal relationships.
Sadly, the substance abuser often remains isolated and alone, even after he or she has sought help and treatment. Unresolved familial issues can prolong the cycle of addiction and lead to relapse.
A major component of every quality treatment program is the reparation of damaged or severed relationships. Our clinicians will work with the addict and the family members to restore functional and loving bonds and associations.
Family therapy can help family members and loved ones become educated on substance use disorders (SUD) and their related issues, like:
The purpose of family therapy is to help family members gain awareness and understanding. Our desire is to educate the family so that they can learn how to best support their loved ones. An added benefit is that the family often learns to manage and improve their own lives, as well.
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