Family therapy involves the family of an active addict working with a therapist to resolve family dysfunction and conflict and improve relationships. By processing and expressing feelings, family therapy helps to improve communication skills and develop healthier and stronger family dynamics. Family therapy provides family support and is an integral part of recovery for both the addict and the family unit.
Family therapy helps resolve family issues and maladaptive patterns. Addiction brings about resentments, estrangement, and misunderstandings, family therapy helps to restore balance within the family, and the well-being of all family members. Family therapy can help focus on a variety of problems that addiction can cause: marital strain, conflict resolution, substance abuse, relationship dynamics, eldercare, health concerns and mental health, parenting, grief, trauma, domestic violence, infidelity, cheating, addiction stigmas, communication and financial problems, and improved family function.
Family programs allow all family members to be present and active in counseling and intervention. Family programs can include individual and group counseling with a licensed therapist. One-on-one counseling with a therapist can provide individual insights and prepare for the entire family coming together. Group counseling allows for all members to share their emotions and feelings related to the experiences they’ve had. This helps the family learn if they have been helpful as they intended to be or whether they have unknowingly caused harm.
Family programs help family members resolve conflict and develop closer relationships. They help the family heal from the destruction that the addiction has caused. Those that have been enabling the addict can learn to identify and stop the damaging, enabling behaviors. The family gains a better understanding of the disease of addiction so they can better empathize with what the addict is going through. Family programs help to teach healthy coping and problem-solving skills.