Addiction Treatment Family Counseling
The Benefits of Family Counseling
Family counseling plays a vital role in the success of the patient’s long term success from the turmoil of drug or alcohol addiction. It enables the therapist to assess the family system and all of the unique issues the family has experienced. The purpose is to assist the family as well as the patient to understand the disease of addiction and how to stop the vicious cycle. Family counseling aims to encourage understanding and collaboration among family members in order to solve the issues within the system. Our goal is the empower the family to change and to allow harmony to return to their lives. With our compassionate and experienced team of clinicians and family support staff we are available around the clock to support the family with their own journey of recovery.
Types of Family Therapy Available
Family counseling for addiction is based on best practiced and evidenced based treatment modalities
- Marriage and family therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Solution – focused family therapy
- Strategic Family therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
Based on our philosophy of individualized addiction treatment we support a wide range of treatment options for the patient and their family. Each therapist will work with the family unit as a complete group and on an individual basis to create a plan based on the family dynamics currently present. The treatment model for each family is dependent on the age of the patient and the severity of the problems at hand.
Family Counseling for Parents
The sad fact is about drug or alcohol addiction is that it impacts the lives of everyone who loves them. Often parents of addicts and alcoholics feel isolated and lost in regards to how to handle their family member’s substance use. It is imperative during the course of family counseling with parents of addicts and alcoholics that they understand that they did not cause the addiction, they cannot control the addiction and they also can not cure the addiction. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute we include such an emphasis on the family component in an attempt to empower the parents to take back the control in their relationship with the addict and put them in the path to success. The goal is to help the family find the line between enabling and encouraging their child’s recovery process in addiction treatment.
Family Counseling for Spouses
One of the most challenging experiences a marriage can have may come when one spouse battles with drug or alcohol addiction. When this issue becomes paramount as an issue in a marriage, there are many challenges that are present throughout the process of addiction treatment and recovery. Often spouses have a feeling of powerlessness while their significant other is actively using drugs or alcohol in an addictive manner. The constant fear of false promises and relapse create an emotional roller coaster in the marriage. As part of our treatment program we engage both the patient and the spouse in the recovery process. The best addiction treatment programs involve family members in their loved one’s treatment.
Through the family counseling program, we educate the spouse on the process of recovery and the risk factors associated with relapse. Everyone in the family system needs to have a relapse prevention plan and an aftercare plan when the spouse returns back home after treatment is completed. We work on the underlying issues in the marriage and barriers to a more communicative and intimate domestic partnership such as communication, forgiveness, and preparedness for setbacks.