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 from the spouses to parents to siblings and children.
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.
Topics covered in family addiction counseling include:
Having a person’s family involved in addiction treatment only increases the chances it will be successful in the long-term. Family members who continue any unhealthy or enabling behaviors actually slow the process of recovery. Family addiction counseling seeks to assist family members communicate better and solve problems without resorting to criticizing and blaming.
At Miramar Recovery, our experienced therapists can help families with the following:
Family addiction counseling is about relationships in the end. It concerns helping each member of the family understand the role they play and how their needs can be met in a healthy way.
Our skilled therapists do more than just point out issues or listen. They help those with substance abuse disorders and their families identify their strengths and weaknesses to form stronger bonds with one another.
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.
In the context of addiction, a family therapist or counselor will seek to explore how substance use has become a part of a cycle of interaction within the family. As an example, one phenomenon that can develop within families where substance use is involved is what is known as the fugitive/detective dynamic. As a young adults acts like a fugitive in terms of lying and being secretive, the more the parent will act like a detective to uncover the truth, and vice versa.
Family addiction counselors can also offer added education regarding substance use for the entire family and provide support for family members who try to reduce their own unhelpful behaviors.
Give Miramar Recovery a call to learn more about family addiction counseling at our Orange County addiction rehab centers: (949) 334-5961.
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