Family Therapy And Support Services While In Rehab

Seeking drug rehabilitation is not a simple task. Doing so involves acknowledging a problem that is beyond a level of comfort–one that requires the guidance of a professional. However, experts often specialize in certain treatment types; sometimes inpatient rehab centers offer specialized forms of treatment too. Choosing a specific treatment modality that fits your needs can be overwhelming.

If you have close ties to family, then looking into addiction treatment involving familial support might be important to you. This type of treatment is called family therapy. You might consider: What is family therapy, and how might it be beneficial for me?

Family Therapy Detailed

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes family therapy as including a treatment planned that is focused on the patient but also addresses the needs of the entire family.

This might seem like a lot for one therapist to handle. Despite its potential complexity, this form of treatment places significance on the ways that people close to the patient can influence his or her behavior for the good or bad.

Counselors that facilitate family therapy have a goal to provide a healthy level of intervention so as to bring about productive change for everyone involved, especially the patient in need of drug rehabilitation.

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What If My Friends Are My Family?

Sometimes people seeking family therapy actually have friends who have formed closer relationships with the patient than actual blood relatives. These people are called “adopted family” or “elected family.”

The point of family therapy is not to exclude any person of great significance to the patient. Therefore, elected family members are completely welcome to be a part of this important process.

A good therapist will probably ask questions such as the following:

  • Who do you consider to be your family?
  • Which people in your life are the most important to you?

Support For The Family

Being around a person struggling with addiction can be quite a chore. It takes patience, understanding, love, education, and strong will in order to set clear boundaries, but also allow healthy interaction between two parties.

Whether family therapy is the proper form of rehabilitation for the person in need, it is important for close family and friends to be aware of the ins and outs of addiction, how to respond to a drug abuser’s weaknesses, and how to communicate effectively with everyone involved.

Here are some pointers to keep in mind when interacting with a person facing the ills of substance abuse:

  • Learn as much as possible about addiction and recovery.
  • Find ways to enjoy life. It’s okay to relax or to go out and do things.
  • Do not encourage addictive behaviors (giving cash or lying for someone).
    – Making excuses for a drug abuser may seem innocent, but only causes destructive weeds to consume what could be a flourishing garden. Honesty is essential for overcoming.
    – Instead of giving money that could be spent on alcohol or another drug, buy items that are needed.
  • Do not allow shame and guilt to ruin your relationships or destroy your self-worth.
  • You do not have to go through this process alone. There are professionals available to provide the support and expertise you need.

Support For The Person Struggling With Dependency

Of course, the most important thing is that the person dealing with drug addiction feels cared about, understood, and supported when on the road of rehabilitation and recovery.

At the same time, the individual needs to know how to respond to negative reactions from family or friends, which sometimes occur unexpectedly.

Family therapy helps to ensure that all people involved know proper ways to respond to each other, which promotes stronger relationships and decreases the chance for relapse.

Help Is Near

If addiction is unsettling the family dynamics in your life, then there is no time to waste. Dependency on a drug or alcohol only breeds destruction. Rather than allow the situation to deteriorate further, it is necessary to contact a professional to begin the journey of rehabilitation. You are not alone during this process. Contact us now at to become educated on the options that are right for you and your family.

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