At The Recovery Team, we understand that addiction to drugs or alcohol can affect more than just the individual who is addicted.
In most cases, family members and close loved ones have a hard time processing what is going on which is why at The Recovery Team, we offer The Family Program.
In this article you will read all about the Family Program at The Recovery Team, and learn how critical family involvement truly can be.
Family involvement can be a fundamental part of your long-term recovery process. Addiction is not only an individual disease, but a disease that affects the whole family. During the family program at The Recovery Team, you will learn how to provide healthy support to your loved one struggling with addiction. However, you will also receive the help and guidance you may need from experiencing a loved one struggle with addiction.
Who Can Participate in Our Family Program?
Our family program is designed to assist family members throughout their loved ones journey to recovery. Those eligible to participate in our family program are:
- Family members who have signed a consent form allowing them to participate in such activities
- Family members whose loved ones are currently enrolled in our drug and alcohol treatment programs
- Family members who want to further understand their loved ones struggles. Those who want to participate in the therapeutic process and learn how to be a helpful and sober support for their loved ones.
- Family members who want to help their loved ones live a healthier, happier and all around better life.
Support for Families Affected by Addiction
Substance abuse addiction affects millions of individuals around the world today. However, the addicts themselves are not the only ones being affected by this harmful disease.
So are the family members and close loved ones of these individuals. Oftentimes the needs of family members are not even thought about and overlooked by the addicts needs.
Of course, the addicts’ needs are the most important to deal with because of the major health and mental concerns associated with addiction. However, the needs of family members are also imperative to focus on as well. These family members often experience increased levels of stress and anxiety while their loved one deals with addiction and treatment. That is why it’s important to also focus on their needs.
If someone you love is affected by addiction, The Recovery Team wants to help. We understand how difficult it is for you at this time, and want you to know that recovery is possible for the whole entire family.
What to Expect to Learn in our Family Program
Family members of enrolled patients at The Recovery Team who live in driving distance, are able to participate in weekly family therapy sessions. These sessions are designed to positively impact the families long-term recovery goals.
Through proven treatment modalities and therapies, families will learn the following:
- The different family roles and responsibilities
- Coping skills
- Why enabling is harmful in addiction
- Practice forms of loving detachment
- How to support your loved one while in rehab
- How to support your loved one in recovery from drugs or alcohol
- How to set healthy boundaries while avoiding codependent behaviors
- Importance of healthy communication and interpersonal relationships
- How to cope with co-occuring mental health disorders
- How to allow loved ones to experience their own consequences caused by addiction, without having to save the day
- What to expect for your loved ones first year in recovery: how to help plan for aftercare, how to notice relapse trigger signs and more
Interpersonal Skills for Long-term Recovery
Having healthy interpersonal relationships with family members is important. It is also important that healthy communication is also happening. Unfortunately, addiction lives at the root of lies, manipulation and dishonesty. Addiction can easily hurt interpersonal family relationships and the need for honest communication.
At The Recovery Team, we believe that a successful recovery begins with healthy interpersonal relationships. The ability to be able to express your true feelings, thoughts and emotions to your family will encourage a stronger and healthier bond.