Families of those admitted to an addiction treatment program should be aware that the process of recovery is seldom simple or easy. Addiction combines the most intractable elements of emotional problems with powerful ongoing biological pressure to remain in addiction. It is often times one of the most challenging problems for families to overcome. Because addiction is a family disease, family therapy is a valuable and often a necessary adjunct to treatment particularly when integrated into a comprehensive recovery program.
The patterns created by addiction can alter the structures of family and friendships, while permanently changing the chemical systems of the addict’s body. The process of recovery from substance abuse can be long and stressful; not only for the addict but also for the addict’s family.
All substance abusers have a family of origin and many have families of their own. The “addiction as a family disease” concept provides an alternative explanation as to why families are often unable to resolve addiction issues from within. This in itself helps the family understand that it is not their fault.
Many drug and alcohol treatment facilities now offer help for families and encourage family therapy. This offers benefits to family members, and it usually improves treatment for the addict.
Often, families can provide support and resources to help the addict live without the substance. Sometimes the family is even motivation for an abuser to succeed in treatment, such as a mother who works extra hard to overcome addiction in order to be with her children again.
Lasting Recovery’s Family Education Program is available to all adult clients and their families while in treatment. Group discussion and education focuses on understanding the impact of chemical use on the individual and their family, learning the effects of healthy communication, and introduction to 12-Step philosophy for the family, and understanding the physical, mental, and spiritual effects of chemical use on the entire family system. Participants learn the benefits of healthy communication and family relapse prevention tools.
If you have additional questions about substance abuse or are feeling isolated and alone, we can help! We offer treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders individually designed for you.