Family Therapy Program
A family therapy program can help codependent family members heal from the effects of addiction. Sadly, many families develop codependent relationships with the person struggling with addiction. In fact, parents, spouses, and siblings can become dependent on dysfunctional family dynamics. This unhealthy relationship often forms in the same way as the loved one’s dependence on drugs and alcohol.
Unfortunately, codependency traps many families in a cycle of addiction. As a result, well-meaning family members can end up feeding into the unhealthy patterns of substance abuse. To end the cycle of addiction, it is vital to enter a family therapy program.
What Is a Family Therapy Program?
Family therapy is an incredibly beneficial part of a comprehensive addiction treatment program. During therapy with family, trained counselors help guests and their families understand their roles in the addiction and recovery process. As a result, therapy can help families avoid potential triggers that can lead to relapse.
In general, family therapy programs aim to break the cycle of addiction and codependency. These therapeutic interventions also seek to empower all members of the family to make informed decisions about their relationships. By participating in family therapy, your whole family can benefit from the healing process and move forward together.
Family Therapy Program Services
Family therapy is a safe, nurturing environment that encourages compassionate communication while allowing time for healing and personal growth. Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists (LFMT) work closely with each family to understand their unique dynamics. After, they assist in identifying areas of growth and developing strategies for successful family recovery.
Family therapy programs offer a variety of services to help families heal together and develop healthier relationships for the future.
Family therapy offerings include:
- Individualized counseling sessions for guests to discuss their family dynamics
- Group therapy discussions between guests and their family members
- Support group meetings with other families facing similar circumstances
- Therapy activities to help families build healthy relationships
- Educational lectures that help families understand addiction and its effects
These programs provide addiction education so your family understands the process of recovery. As a result, they can better understand what you are going through and how to properly support you through it. As a result, these therapeutic interventions help to create a safe, supportive environment for long-term recovery.
Healing From Addiction In Family Therapy
We know how important it is for family members to regain their connection to each other and their community. That’s why we offer weekly family support groups and regular family program nights. These programs provide education, support, and a safe environment to openly discuss issues related to addiction. These groups also teach families strategies to navigate the challenges that come with recovery.
In addition to individual counseling sessions, specialized programs for families offer additional treatment services to heal the whole family. Typically, family therapy programs consist of group meetings led by licensed therapists. These trained clinicians provide guidance to families dealing with addiction and recovery. Families can also participate in workshops that focus on topics such as communication skills, stress management, and coping with loss.
Additionally, family members can develop valuable skills that are necessary to maintain healthy lifestyles after the treatment ends. With the help of a professional, family members can work together to rebuild relationships, restore trust, and provide support in recovery.
The Benefits of Family Therapy
Family counseling has been proven to be one of the most effective methods of recovery from addiction. It provides a safe place for family members to learn and discuss their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors in an effort for all involved to start on the journey toward healing. Through guidance from a counselor, support from each other, and mutual understanding, families can help build the foundation for a healthier home environment.
Family therapy allows members to identify and express their individual needs, learn the skills to better manage their emotions in relationship-based interactions, and create a healthier family dynamic. Moreover, family therapy can help bring about greater understanding and acceptance of each other within the family system.
Through this process, families can move from an unhealthy co-dependent pattern towards more mature, healthy, and satisfying family relationships. Ultimately, the goal of family therapy is to promote a healthier, happier, and more supportive family system that can better cope with life’s challenges.
Why Does My Whole Family Need
To Recover From Addiction?
When a person struggles with addiction, the whole family needs to recover because they are trapped in the addiction together. In order to heal yourself and your family, you must first recognize your family’s needs for recovery. It is necessary to acknowledge the pain your family experiences. Also, allow them the time and space to work on their own personal recovery.
During recovery, it is necessary to set boundaries with family members. This is especially true if your family is still stuck in a cycle of unhealthy behaviors. Prior to treatment, these unhealthy behaviors often perpetuate addictive behaviors. As a result, it is vital for people in recovery to take steps to protect themselves and their recovery. Whether you distance yourself from codependent loved ones or join family therapy, it is necessary to avoid these behaviors.
This is because it is difficult to maintain a healthy mindset if you are dealing with a codependent family member. To prevent this from happening, you can suggest the idea of joining a family therapy program. In a family therapy program, your family can process the painful emotions associated with addiction in a safe environment.
Learning How To Stop Perpetuating
Codependent Behaviors in Family Therapy
Family members can accidentally perpetuate their loved one’s dependency – either intentionally or unintentionally. As a result, they often enable addictive behaviors with words or actions. It is important to understand that family members can unknowingly sabotage the recovery process. More often than not, this occurs when they fail to recognize the specific needs of their recovering loved one. That is why recovery typically requires the willingness to recover and grow from each member of the family unit.
Although some families initially find the idea of therapy offensive, it is often the best thing they do. This is because family therapy helps not only the person in addiction recovery but their family too. Typically, defensiveness occurs when family members feel as though their actions were only done to help a loved one recover.
While this may be true, it is not uncommon for family members to unknowingly develop codependent behaviors. That being said, the reason behind a family’s codependent behaviors is not the reason why a family should recover. Instead, a family should recover together in a family therapy program because it will not heal on its own.
Luckily, there are several family therapy programs available to offer you and your family help.
Coming to Terms with Addiction in a
Family Therapy Program
Many codependent family members enter a family therapy program thinking that the purpose is to get their addicted family member clean. Often, they struggle to admit they may also have a problem. This is because codependency is an invisible disease, meaning it’s hard to see its symptoms unless one takes an honest look at themselves.
While support in recovery is incredibly helpful, it is vital for family members to accept that they can’t force their loved ones to stay sober. Similarly, families can’t control their loved one’s recovery process. In the same right, family members must accept that their recovery can’t depend on the recovery of their loved one. If the chemically dependent person isn’t trying to recover, other family members can join a family therapy program to start their healing process alone.
Regardless of whether or not a person struggling with addiction is in treatment or trying to recover, their family members will benefit most from seeking out help for their own recovery journey from the emotional impacts of addiction.
The ideal, of course, is for everyone in the family to work on recovery in a family therapy program at the same time. Through family counseling, codependent family members can identify their feelings and behaviors associated with their addiction and understand how they contribute to the problem.
Family Therapy at Royal Life Centers
At Royal Life Centers, we believe in the power of family support when it comes to addiction recovery. Similarly, we understand that your family’s recovery is just as important as yours. That’s why our family therapy counselors work to provide the support and resources needed for your whole family. During family therapy, we will help you create a better understanding of addiction, learn communication tools, and explore ways to strengthen relationships while still enabling personal growth.
To provide the help you need, Royal’s family program educates and equips both our guests and their families with the tools they need to create lasting, positive change. Our experienced, compassionate counselors will work with both clients and their families to build a strong support system as well as foster healthy relationships that will last long after treatment.
Our Family Therapy Options
At Royal Life Centers, we understand that substance abuse affects everyone differently. That’s why we create personalized treatment plans tailored to the individual’s unique needs and goals. Our approach is evidence-based, integrating medication management, therapy, and holistic wellness practices for a comprehensive treatment program that meets each person where they are on their journey to recovery.
Many rehabilitation centers, such as Royal Life Centers, offer family resources available to the families of our guests. Family therapy programs at Royal Life Centers act as an extra layer of support while the dependent is in rehabilitation. These sessions can continue for a minimum of three months afterward through virtual meetings during inpatient treatment.
Can Family Therapy Help Your Recovery?
At Royal Life Centers, we understand that your family’s recovery is just as important as yours. That’s why our family services team works to provide the support and resources needed for your whole family. Our counselors will help you create a better understanding of addiction, learn communication tools, and explore ways to strengthen relationships while still enabling personal growth.
We also know how important it is for family members to feel connected. That’s why we offer weekly family support groups and regular family program nights. These programs provide education, support, and a safe environment to openly discuss issues related to addiction. Family therapy also helps families develop strategies for navigating challenges that come with recovery.
No matter your family’s situation, Royal Life Centers is here to provide the help you need. Our experienced, compassionate counselors will work with both clients and their families. In doing so, we help you build strong support systems and foster healthy relationships that will last long after treatment.
We know that seeking treatment for substance abuse can be a difficult and challenging process. Royal Life Centers is to help you or your loved one every step of the way. Our admissions staff is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our program.
If you or your family member is struggling with an addiction, please reach out for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of care to help you maintain long-term sobriety.
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