Drug abuse doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Far too often, a substance abuse problem affects an entire family. This is one of the reasons why more and more rehab programs add a family therapy component to their schedules. What happens in these sessions?
How Drug Abuse Affects Families
The relationships with those closest to you typically suffer in a drug abuse situation. Your spouse or partner may have had to pick up the slack regarding parenting or financial responsibilities. Because of the added stresses, there may have been tension and arguments. You may have had anger management problems that affected those closest to you.
If there are kids in your home, they suffered, too. They may have learned to walk on eggshells around you. Some children pick up traits that you would typically associate with co-dependent relationships. These are unhealthy coping mechanisms that could damage the child as well as the adult he or she becomes.
In some situations, members of the extended family also experience pain because of your drug use. These circumstances can lead to estrangement. Maybe you’re no longer able to go home at this time and are out of communication with them altogether.
Family Therapy Re-Establishes Relationships
When you undergo substance abuse treatments at a facility, family therapy is a crucial modality. It re-opens communication between estranged individuals. It also has the potential to undo some of the unhealthy habits your family developed. Of course, there’s a lot more to these meetings.
You and your closest family member — typically a spouse or partner — undergo behavioral therapy. In the process, you recognize negative patterns that the drug use brought on. In some situations, you may also discover that other unhealthy habits require change. With the therapist providing feedback and guiding discourse, real change is possible.
In addition to helping you communicate with others, the expert also provides you with tools for effecting lasting progress. Skill building takes commitment to the process and regular attendance at the therapy sessions. As you continue and develop your communication skills, you start working on goal setting.
This shifts family therapy to include relapse prevention strategies. Examples include the setup of a support network that includes family members. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to include only these relationships. Others may also include members of your peer group or extended family.
Incorporating Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment
Of course, therapy that includes family members is only one modality among those you undergo at rehab. By itself, it isn’t enough to help you overcome an addiction. When you combine it with others, it allows for a well-rounded approach to healing. Other treatments you might undergo include:
- One-on-one talk therapy that allows for evidence-based therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy
- Group therapy, which builds social skills and creates an active learning environment among program participants
- Relapse prevention counseling and strategy sessions to make it possible to think through plans for avoiding drug use in the future
- Dual diagnosis assessment and care that address the presence of mental health problems alongside addiction
- Personalized life skills training, which positions you for success when you’re ready to end treatment
When you get help with family issues against this backdrop of outpatient drug rehab, you experience multi-faceted healing. The treatments allow for customization, which is a crucial component of successful rehab for your situation. Even family members who may have some reluctance will get on board with therapy when they see that you’re serious.
You don’t have to let drug addiction destroy your life and relationships. At The Hills Outpatient Treatment Center, caring therapists want to help you overcome addiction. Reach out today for help by dialing 866-777-0427.