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Drug Rehab Family Programs

Why Drug Rehabs Offer Family Programs During Drug and Alcohol Treatment

You may have heard someone say, “addiction is a family disease. If you have lived under the same roof as a loved one who is struggling with substances, this statement probably hits home. When one individual in the family struggles from addiction, the whole family tends to suffer. It is never easy to watch someone you love harm themselves with drugs and alcohol. For this reason, and many others, drug rehab family programs are an essential part of recovery.


According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), addiction affects the entire family unit and social circle. Staging an intervention could be the first step for families who want to help their loved ones. According to SAMHSA, this gathering is all about “getting a loved one to agree to accept help.”

However, support services for all family members are necessary to be effective. According to SAMHSA, this gathering is all about “getting a loved one to agree to accept help.” However, support services for all family members are necessary to be effective. Effective interventions not only help support the family during this process but also increase the likelihood of an addict agreeing to treatment.

Why Drug Rehab Family Programs Are Necessary

Eventually, the family begins to revolve around the emotional instability and behavioral patterns of the addict. The family usually, in some sense, can even enable their loved one’s addiction. The relatives of addicts typically only have the very best of intentions when suggesting something like outpatient rehab. However, it is all too common that poor boundaries, enabling, and enmeshment prevent the addict from acknowledging their problems. Thus, drug rehab family programs provide education to parents and spouses regarding these specific interpersonal issues. As a result, effective therapy can enhance communication and define healthy boundaries between an addict and their loved ones. 

Does the Family Play a Role?

The family members of addicts must understand how to support their loved one appropriately. Human nature is to want to protect the people we love. As a result, this can sometimes develop and cross the line into “enabling.” Even with the best of intentions, it’s hard for a family member to draw this line.

For example, deciding to kick an addict out of the family home, or cut them off financially, can seem heartless and cruel. In actuality, setting clear boundaries like these may be life-saving. Coddling addicts, as they use, tell them that no matter how much damage they do to their own lives, they will always have a place to stay, food to eat, and family support. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we support family members in setting and maintaining healthy boundaries. We also work to connect family members with programs geared towards helping with codependency, enmeshment, and addicted loved ones.

Healing for the Whole Family

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we firmly believe that for an addict to recover, his or her family must also heal. We offer a therapeutic recovery program to the family members of our patients. Additionally, our licensed therapists work with addicts and their families to foster healthier communication. Furthermore, we focus on the art of setting boundaries and provide education in coping with addiction.

We also offer individual family support outside of our clinical location. For more information on our addiction treatment programs that involve the patient’s family, please contact us today. We will provide you with any resources you may need to make the process as easy as possible.

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