If you’re a family member of a loved one who has decided to partake in a reputable addiction recovery program, you may be feeling a sense of relief. After all, this is everything that you wanted, right? You’ll soon find out that even once your loved one is in recovery, the feelings of guilt, betrayal, anger, sadness, and shame all tend to linger. Numerous studies have shown that it’s not just one person who is affected by addiction – rather, it’s those around them that are impacted as well. For example, a 2016 study published in the Journal of Social Service Research analyzed 12 sessions of family therapy to classify themes that were experienced by children of mothers who sought addiction recovery. Results from the study showed that children have unique needs relating to their emotions, behavioral problems, support, and more.
Family therapy is a great tool for both family members and their loved one to work towards achieving stability and balance after the challenges that addiction can bring. As stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), families are often described as an ecosystem in which interactions and behaviors by each family member contribute. When a family member experiences addiction, that equilibrium set by the family may be off-balance as individuals may shift their roles to accommodate for challenges associated with the addiction. As you can assume, this can cause major rifts in the family’s dynamic, making it more important for families to seek therapy to cope with the major changes that have taken place.
If your family has decided to move forward with therapy, there are several things you can expect:
- Each member of the family feels heard
- New skills are learned to improve family communication, such as reframing, a tool in which members will learn not to identify problems and solutions, but rather look at challenges from a relational standpoint
- Individual behavior change motivation to encourage family members to practice enforcing limits, negotiating rules and boundaries, expressing feelings more effectively, and more
Family therapy may involve as many sessions as your family needs to recover; there is no set limit, as each family is different. Individual therapy may also become important if certain family members feel uncomfortable speaking in front of one another.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.