If you are seeking support for your addiction recovery, your family can be one of the first lines of defense in keeping your sobriety on track. However, this means that your family will be experiencing your journey with you. This can be taxing on the family unit, as well as on your individual family members. No matter who you define as family, they may need support to better understand your experience so they can continue to help you. With Clearhaven Recovery’s family therapy for addiction, you can connect with your family members to help them better understand where you are coming from so you can continue a reciprocal cycle of support that keeps you healthy for years to come.
Family Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Family therapy for addiction is a type of group therapy that encourages a cooperative effort between care professionals and family participants. It can be a tool that helps smooth the treatment process from the point of intervention through supporting an individual with their addiction processing, and aftercare. Much like regular group therapy sessions, safety within the space is paramount, and guided sessions will include a mediator to help sessions benefit all involved. During family therapy for addiction, all group members and a facilitator will work together to define goals for the sessions in order to keep interactions productive. As a newly sober individual, you may find it difficult to integrate your newly sober persona into the family dynamic, and these therapy sessions will give you the space to make this shift. Some of the benefits of family group therapy include the following:
- Encouragement to prioritize recovery is reinforced by repairing and growing relationships within the family.
- Meeting as a family with a therapist helps to provide resources to family members that may help in supporting your recovery.
- A facilitating therapist will model successful strategies for communication that can help replace unhealthy modes. Developing your “sober you” in a place of healthful, supportive redirection helps in identifying what behaviors are appropriate.
Family addiction therapy can help you make changes in your communication styles so that you can better support your family, and they can better support you. This reciprocal relationship will only strengthen your recovery process.
Treating Hereditary Addiction
One of the facets of addiction that is not often discussed is the fact that it can be a hereditary issue. You will work with the coping mechanisms you are given unless you take active steps to change. This may mean that you have learned that coping with anxiety or depression symptoms, or emotional pain or trauma means drinking or getting high. If you are taking active steps to break this kind of cycle, kudos to you for this change! But you may wonder how to bring your loved ones along in this process while addressing your own substance abuse issues. This is where family group therapy is effective.
How Can Family Therapy Help with Addiction?
Family group therapy is a necessary component of a healthful recovery process. It offers you the chance to understand how addiction has hurt your loved ones, and inversely, can help your family to realize they may also need help with new and positive coping mechanisms in their lives. Family therapy also helps your family to gain perspective on addiction as an illness. Even if your addiction recovery did not start with an intervention process, your family is likely well aware that the road to recovery is a long one. If trust has been undermined by the secrecy of addictive behavior, family therapy can offer you the space you need to reconnect and rebuild damaged relationships. With the right professional facilitator, your therapy can be a deeply productive tool to support empathetic reciprocal relationships.
Contact Clearhaven Recovery to Learn More About Family Therapy
Facing addiction recovery can be a daunting process, but Clearhaven Recovery’s family group therapy programs can offer you the support you need to thrive. Addiction recovery requires a personalized experience mixed with a community effort. It very much improves your ability to return to an authentic life if your recovery includes an interconnected treatment process. You can contact us today via our secure online form or give us a call 833.970.2054 to discuss individualized treatment options. Clearhaven Recovery is the clear choice for your path to a true and lasting recovery.