The entire family suffers when one of its members is struggling with addiction. There can be physical, emotional and financial consequences for the entire household. When seeking treatment, the primary goal is to get help for the addicted individual, but everyone else needs support, too.
Anger, resentment, guilt, sadness, confusion and other difficult feelings are common issues a family may face even after their loved one enters a rehabilitation program. Learning how to cope with these feelings in a healthy manner is an important part of healing the entire family from the scars of addiction.
Another key to recovery for the entire family involved is establishing how to communicate and support the loved one after their treatment. Let’s review how family therapy addresses these challenges and the benefits it offers for families looking to recover from addiction:
Family Therapy Helps to Open Lines of Communication
Addiction and the problems that come with it tend to get swept under the rug. It may have been months or even years since honest, open dialogue has taken place between family members. One of the advantages of family therapy for addiction is that it provides a safe, neutral environment for all parties to address these unspoken issues and work through them. You can show your loved one how you’ve been affected by addiction, and all those difficult emotions can be explored with the help of a professional therapist.
Family Therapy Helps You Learn About Addiction
As you explore the underlying causes of addiction, you discover how this disease works. There are different levels of addiction, and everyone is affected by substance abuse in different ways. You may find a deeper level of empathy for your loved one once you realize that addiction is a disease and gain a better understanding of the situation they’ve been struggling with.
Family Therapy Can Help You Find Peace
We like to talk about the three C’s of addiction with family members. You didn’t cause this to happen. You can’t cure it, and you can’t control it. This shouldn’t make you feel helpless. Certainly, there are ways you can aid your loved one’s recovery, but the idea here is that you don’t need to feel guilty. This realization can help you overcome any guilt or shame you might be feeling and find some peace of mind.
Family Therapy Can Help Stop Behaviors That Enable Addiction
One of the ways you can assist with recovery is by identifying enabling behaviors and correcting them. These are actions and attitudes that make it easier for addiction to remain a problem in your household. Don’t make excuses, keep secrets or pick up personal responsibilities for someone struggling with addiction. They need to be accountable for their own actions and not fall victim to relapse triggers.
Family Therapy Can Help Your Family Cope with Trauma
Unresolved trauma can be a significant factor in addiction. Family therapy can teach you how to help someone cope with trauma, which can make recovery go more smoothly. These techniques may also be beneficial for family members who have also experienced any trauma or anxiety as a result of addiction.
Family Therapy Can Help You Stop Relapse Before It’s Too Late
When most people think about relapse, they think about the physical act of falling back into drug or alcohol abuse. But in reality, that’s just the final phase of a lengthier process. If you learn your loved one’s triggers and figure out how to spot the signs of relapse, you can take action to help get ahead of it before your loved one falls back into addiction.
Get Help for Your Family at Footprints Beachside Recovery
Footprints Beachside Recovery was founded by a family that witnessed the destructive power of addiction firsthand and worked together to heal the damage it caused. We want you and your family to find that same peace and regain control of your lives after addiction and dual diagnosis disorders.
It can be difficult to talk to a loved one about rehab, but it’s the first step towards resolving the issue. If you have questions about what rehab is like at Footprints, talk to one of our addiction specialists today.