Family Therapy For Addiction Rehabilitation

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Understanding Addiction

Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family system including parents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends. For these close family members, the impact of substance abuse is tremendous and frequently results in severed relationships. This is why family therapy and family-centric drug and alcohol rehab programs are vital to all communities.

If your family member is struggling with alcohol or drugs, it is important to realize that the Lighthouse Recovery Institute is here to offer support and guidance every step of the way. Having a multi-faceted approach to treat substance use disorder including focusing on the family system, is one of the many reasons our facility is helping families heal. Regardless of the level of care or program your loved one is in; medical detox, inpatient drug rehab or intensive outpatient treatment, providing extensive services to the family of the patient is a top priority.

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Our Family Therapy Program

Offering family education during addiction treatment for family members is one of our top priorities. Understanding the fundamentals of addiction and what the underlying problems are, is in our opinion, the only way to get to a solution.

Many families lack the support and guidance they need to foster long-term recovery. We understand that providing an opportunity through the therapeutic process for families to process their loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction that there then becomes a higher likelihood of connection, communication, and repairing of relationships.

The family program at Lighthouse Recovery Institute is tailored to each family’s specific needs, to ensure that everyone in the individual’s life has a chance to receive services they feel they deserve.

Substance abuse has a ripple effect in the lives of those who love the alcoholic or addict. By the time a patient makes it to an addiction treatment center, their family members and loved ones have often suffered immensely.

We emphasize recovery for the whole family, which is why we offer family programming at no additional cost.

Types of Family Therapy Available

Family counseling for addiction uses best practices and evidence-based treatment modalities. Due to the range of sources, family therapies for substance abuse could differ based on the specific model the therapist is utilizing for the particular family system. Each of our programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute will integrate family therapy and incorporate the family at different levels to best fit the individual’s needs and the family’s goals. If substance abuse has been negatively impacting your life or a family member’s life, it may be time to seek out family therapy. Call today for more information and appropriate treatment options.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Family System Therapy

Strategic Family Therapy

Psychoeducation

Understanding the Family’s Role in Addiction & Drug and Alcohol Rehab

Active participation in family therapy during addiction treatment reduces the recidivism rate of substance use post-treatment. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, family members and loved ones are offered therapy sessions with patients, as well as access to our family liaison, who assists with managing the full range of emotions that come alongside loving someone in active addiction and early recovery. In addition to support and communication from clinical staff, family members gain insight into developing healthy boundaries, developing practical solutions, and support for a solid aftercare plan.

Through this program, as the patient rebuilds, the family starts to mend alongside them. For more information regarding our admissions progress for inpatient drug rehab or alcohol detoxification, contact us today.

The Benefits of Family Therapy

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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 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 to solve the issues within the system.

Our goal during inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab is to 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.

Impacts On the Family

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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 system and on an individual basis to create a plan based on the family dynamics. The treatment model for each family depends on the age of the patient and the gravity of the problems at hand.

Family members can often cope with drug addiction and alcoholism in unhealthy ways, usually starting by living in denial about the addiction or the severity of the problem. Codependency can result when someone must adapt to dysfunction in the family system. Codependency can often be confused with helping. Codependent behaviors are learned thoughts and actions that can lead to neglecting your own needs in favor of being concerned with a loved one’s problems.

Additionally, members of the family may experience feelings of abandonment, anxiety, anger, frustration, concern, or guilt with the individual abusing substances or alcohol. People who abuse substances are likely to find themselves increasingly isolated from their families and peers. Often, they prefer associating with others who abuse substances or participate in some other form of antisocial activity.

Family Therapy for Parents

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The unfortunate fact about drug or alcohol addiction is that it impacts the lives of everyone who loves the addict. Oftentimes parents of addicts and alcoholics feel isolated and alone in terms of how to handle their family member’s substance use or mental health.

It is imperative during 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 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.

What Parents Can Expect

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Parents want to see their children live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Addiction robs families of peace of mind and replaces hope with fear. During your child’s active addiction, parents may experience strong emotions such as anger, sadness, and even feelings of defeat.

When your loved one enters our addiction treatment center, it can feel like a weight lifted from your shoulders. However, this time can also bring many concerns to the surface.

During treatment, the primary therapist will contact family members weekly, to allow for a collaborative approach and to provide reassurance that your child is receiving the care they deserve. It can be challenging to draw the line between support and enabling, as well as to navigate the complex emotions associated with addiction and recovery. To address these concerns, as well as to help the whole family develop healthier and closer relationships, we offer family therapy as well as support from our family liaison.

Our family liaison is available to share both experience working in the healthcare arena, as well as her journey with parenting a recovering child to families interested in a parallel recovery support program.

Family Therapy for Spouses

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The unfortunate fact about drug or alcohol addiction is that it impacts the lives of everyone who loves the addict. Often parents of addicts and alcoholics feel isolated and alone in terms of how to handle their family member’s substance use or mental health.

It is imperative during family counseling with parents of addicts and alcoholics that they understand that they did not cause the addiction, or cannot control it, and they also can not cure the addiction. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we include such an emphasis on the family component 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.

As part of our inpatient drug 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 home after the treatment episode is completed, which our clinicians assist with before discharge. We work on the underlying issues in the marriage and barriers cultivating a more communicative and intimate domestic partnership such as communication, forgiveness, and preparedness for setbacks.

What Spouses Can Expect

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Addiction invades relationships and replaces intimacy with distrust and anxiety. When your partner develops a dependence on drugs and alcohol, you may shift between feeling supportive and feeling angry- all these responses are natural. It can be challenging to identify the best way to support your partner while still taking care of yourself. Developing healthy boundaries and allowing yourself to experience the emotions that come alongside this experience is an essential part of healing. You may be unsure of whether you are ready to repair the relationship or if you wish to take some space.

Through our family program, our licensed clinical staff offers to support throughout the process of your partner’s recovery from addiction, and your recovery from its consequences.

In addition to weekly calls from your partner’s therapist, if you and your partner desire, we offer family sessions with a focus on relationship therapy. Repairing distrust, learning to co-parent and co-habitat effectively, rekindling intimacy, setting boundaries, and managing the daily challenges of a partnership are all possible in recovery. We are excited to invite you on this journey and to support you in fulfilling your goals while your partner recovers.

Strategies For Families of Addiction

While some of the effects of drug abuse on the family are obvious, others are subtle and hard to pinpoint. Fortunately, some strategies allow you to help yourself and your family endure the challenges of the treatment process. Find various strategies below to help ease the effects of drug abuse on the family.

professional-addiction-help-for-parentsDrug addiction and the family don’t usually go together. The most obvious way this manifests is in a parent feeling shame or guilt over a child’s addiction. Often, this can turn to anger and frustration.

Many parents beat themselves up with statements like, “I should have done this…” or “I was a bad parent.” Therapy is a safe place to express these overwhelming emotions. Treatment is a safe place to begin healing the wounds drug addiction has placed on the family.

Your therapist will engage you about how you’re feeling. They’ll help you find healthy ways to cope with negative and conflicted emotions. When you’re emotionally healthy, you’ll better be able to support your child, as well as the rest of your family, through the recovery process.

the-balance-of-lifeAddiction is an all-consuming disease for addicts as well as their families. While it’s natural to feel stress when your child is in treatment, it’s not healthy to ignore your needs. Schedule time to indulge in activities that nurture your spirit. For example, take a hike, take a vacation, or spend time working on a project. These simple steps help more than you may think.

marriage-and-addictionAnother major byproduct of drug addiction and the family is a tense relationship between you and your partner. Perhaps you’re focusing so much on your loved one’s addiction that you neglect your romantic relationship. Reconnecting with your significant other can be as simple as setting a date night.

However, if you’re unable to resolve conflicts, it’s worthwhile to seek couple’s therapy. A skilled therapist will help identify the effects of drug abuse on your family, as well as problems in your relationship. They’ll then be able to help you both find effective, healthy ways to work through them.

isolation-and-addictionAddiction can be extremely lonely. Most people feel that those around them don’t understand their struggle, which can lead to feelings of isolation. Voicing these sorts of troubles can be challenging to many.

However, if you’re unable to resolve conflicts, it’s worthwhile to seek couple’s therapy. A skilled therapist will help identify the effects of drug abuse on your family, as well as problems in your relationship. They’ll then be able to help you both find effective, healthy ways to work through them.

learn-about-addictionThe biggest hurdle families phase is not understanding the depths of addiction. It is paramount that families and those around the addict do their best to learn as much as possible about the disease. 
Similar to other chronic conditions, addiction is a disease and the more we learn about it, the less stigma and misconceptions we’ll have. If you evneed guidance and assistance, our therapists can provide you some insight into the world of addiction. 

boundaries-family-therapyIt can be overwhelming and scary to have a child in rehab. Don’t let this anxiety prevent you from being the best possible advocate for your child. Never hesitate to ask questions about the treatment process. If you’re concerned about a particular course of treatment, get a second opinion.

Don’t allow your child to be in charge. Addicts can be incredibly manipulative. Your loved one may insist that they’ve learned their lesson. If you don’t do what they want, they may vow to never speak to you again. Expect all sorts of tactics, including crying, threats, silence, and begging. Listen to your child, but then set a firm boundary.

Family Participation in Addiction TreatmentTreatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute includes family therapy. This is as much to assess the effects of drug abuse on the family, as it is to begin to heal the family from active addiction.

Make it a top priority to participate in your loved one’s recovery by attending all phone sessions, even if you need to set aside other commitments to do so. During therapy, you’ll learn how to work with, rather than against, your loved one. Family therapy is an invaluable resource for a successful recovery.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.

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