Addiction is a family disease. When an individual struggles with substance abuse, it affects everyone involved. Unfortunately the feelings of pain and confusion don’t just go away when the addict enters treatment. Many times family members remain stuck in familiar but unhealthy routines. Even after an individual completes treatment, a family can struggle to adjust to the newly sober individual who is behaving differently and requires a lot of support. Family therapy can help family members cope and make positive changes while their loved one is recovering.
Family members play an important role in helping an addict achieve, adjust to, and maintain their sobriety. Family therapy helps to make sure that everyone is able to participate in positively supporting the family member in treatment. It also helps to strengthen the emotional health and well-being of the family as a whole. These factors are an important part of making sure that recovery sticks and relapse is avoided.
Family therapy can help the family recover and heal as a whole. It will strengthen the ties that hold a family together which will allow everyone to heal from the trauma of addiction. This type of therapy is conducted by a therapist who is specifically licensed for helping families through hard times. Additional training is required for a family therapist since this type of therapy differs from individual therapy.