Do not let addiction destroy your family. Our family therapy services can help restore the bond that’s been broken.
Types of Family Therapy Available
Family counseling for addiction uses best practices and evidence-based treatment modalities. However, due to the range of sources, family therapies for substance abuse could differ based on the family therapist’s specific model for the particular family system.
Each of our Lighthouse Recovery Institute programs 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 negatively impacted your life or a family member’s life, it may be time to seek out family therapy.
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is a form of talk therapy that addresses all family members’ behaviors and the impact on the entire family unit. Sessions include time spent on individual treatment and couple therapy, family therapy, or both, if necessary.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) emphasizes a person’s current and future conditions and goals rather than past experiences. In this goal-oriented therapy, the symptoms or concerns bringing a person to treatment are typically not targeted.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short-term form of behavioral treatment. It helps patients and their family’s problem-solve. This modality also reveals the relationship between beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Family System Therapy
Family system therapy assists patients in resolving their problems in the context of their family unit. Each family member works together to understand better the group dynamic and how their individual actions impact each other and the family unit. The critical component to grasp is that one family member happens to everyone within the family.
Strategic Family Therapy
Strategic therapy is a theory that has evolved from a collective number of psychotherapy practices. There are five stages to strategic treatment: a brief social stage, the problem stage, the interactional stage, the goal-setting stage, and the task-setting stage.
The practice of educating those with substance use disorder and mental health conditions along with their families to encourage empowerment and support for their condition is known as psychoeducation. This is a reliable tool against stigmatization conditions. The four broad goals are to transfer information, medication and treatment support, training, and guidance in the domains of self-help and a protected place to vent.
Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy
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 supporting 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 Family Role in Treatment and Recovery
Family counseling plays a vital role in the success of the patient’s long-term success from drug or alcohol addiction turmoil. It enables the therapist to assess the family system and the unique issues the family has experienced. The purpose is to assist the family and patient in understanding addiction and how to stop the vicious cycle. In addition, family counseling aims to encourage understanding and collaboration among family members to solve the issues within the system.
Some goals of family therapy include empowering change and allow harmony to return to their lives during inpatient drug rehab or outpatient drug rehab. With our compassionate and experienced team of clinicians and family support staff, we are available around the clock to support the family with their recovery journey.
Impacts on The Family
Based on our individualized addiction treatment philosophy, we support a wide range of treatment options for patients and their families. Each therapist will work with the family unit as a complete system and individually to create a plan based on the family dynamics. The treatment model for each family depends on the patient’s age 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 neglect your own needs in favor of being concerned with a loved one’s problems.
Additionally, family members may experience 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
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 handling their family member’s substance use or mental health.
During family counseling with parents of addicts and alcoholics, they must understand that they did not cause the addiction. However, they cannot control the addiction, and they can not cure the addiction. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we emphasize the family component to empower the parents to take back control in their relationship with the addict and put them on 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
Parents want to see their children live happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. But, unfortunately, 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 and navigate the complex emotions associated with addiction and recovery. To address these concerns and help the whole family develop healthier and closer relationships, we offer family therapy and support from our family liaison.
Our family liaison is available to share experiences working in the healthcare arena and her journey with parenting a recovering child to families interested in a parallel recovery support program.
Family Therapy for Spouses
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 caring for yourself. Developing healthy boundaries and allowing yourself to experience the emotions alongside this experience is an essential part of healing. You may be unsure whether you are ready to repair the relationship or wish to take some space.
Our licensed clinical staff offers support throughout the process of your partner’s recovery from addiction and your recovery from its consequences through our family program.
In addition to weekly calls from your partner’s therapist, we offer family sessions focusing on relationship therapy if you and your partner desire. Repairing distrust, learning to co-parent and co-habitat effectively, rekindling intimacy, setting boundaries, and managing the daily challenges are all possible in recovery. We are excited to invite you on this journey and support you in fulfilling your goals while your partner recovers.
How Families Can Find Support
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 treatment process’s challenges. Find various approaches below to help ease the effects of drug abuse on the family.
Seek Professional Help
Drug 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. In addition, treatment is a safe place to begin healing the wounds drug addiction has placed on the family.
Your therapist will engage you in 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.
Read more: Step-by-Step Guide On How to Help an Addict
Learn More About Addiction
The most significant 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 about the disease.
Like other chronic conditions, addiction is a disease, and the more we learn about it, the less stigma and misconceptions we’ll have. If you need guidance and assistance, our therapists can provide you some insight into the world of addiction.
Set Healthy Boundaries
It 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.
Read more: Drug Addiction Is a Family Disease
Participate in Support Groups
Addiction can be incredibly lonely. Most people feel that those around them don’t understand their struggle, leading to feelings of isolation. Voicing these sorts of troubles can be challenging for many. The same happens to family members of those with addiction. Al-non is a popular support group that offers guidance for family members of addicts.
However, if you’re unable to resolve conflicts, it’s worthwhile to seek couple’s therapy. This is why seeking support from peer groups is so vital for both addicts and their families.
Read more: Where to Find Help for Parents of Drug Addicts.
Focus on Self-Care
Addiction is an all-consuming disease for addicts as well as their families. So 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.
Another major byproduct of drug addiction and the family is the 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. However, 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.
Participate in Your Loved One's Recovery
Participate in Your Loved One’s Recovery
Treatment at Lighthouse Recovery Institute includes family therapy. This is to assess the effects of drug abuse on the family as it begins 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.
About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab
For those ready to enter drug rehab or alcohol rehab, coming to Lighthouse Recovery Institute can turn lives around. Patients from all over the country have found the calm and peaceful setting that Florida offers to help them during recovery will readily attest to the usefulness of taking the trip.
Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling, therapy, and additional resources such as teaching sober life skills.
Don’t let addiction dominate your life for one more day. If you are unsure whether an inpatient or outpatient drug addiction program is best to choose, we encourage you to call now and speak to a staff member. We are a call away to help guide you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for drug rehab.
We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one.