Addiction is a family disease. When one person in a family has an addiction to substances, the whole family feels its effects. This ripple effect can cause miscommunication, trauma, and strained relationships. In order to avoid these effects, it’s important to find a family therapy program.
Understanding the Family System
Generally speaking, the family is a system. Every member of the family, regardless of age, plays a role. Parents, children, siblings, aunts, uncles, et cetera can all contribute to this system. Thus, as a system, the family experiences highs and lows together. When one person in the family succeeds, the whole family benefits. Likewise, when one person in the family suffers, the entire system suffers.
Communication is the cornerstone of a family system. Without proper communication, there will be a lack of understanding and a strain on trust. Several factors can affect a family’s ability to communicate. For instance, families may have a hard time understanding addiction and how it affects an individual. Family therapy can facilitate conversations and education about addiction to promote healthier relationships between family members.
Addiction’s Effect On the Family
It’s a common misconception that addiction only affects the person using addictive substances. In reality, addiction affects everyone close to that individual. These effects can also change depending on who in the family has the addiction.
For example, if a father struggles with addiction, he may no longer be able to provide for his family and may neglect his children. This can cause financial strain for the family and lead to poor familial relationships down the road. If a child struggles with addiction, the parents may not understand how to handle it. The adolescent may begin failing in school, which can anger the parents and lead to fighting.
Without family therapy, loved ones may fail to understand and support each other. When it comes to addiction, support is essential for lasting recovery. A family therapist will help moderate productive conversations about addiction and the family’s feelings.
Benefits of Family Therapy
In addiction treatment programs, family therapy is one of the cornerstones of lasting recovery. After leaving a treatment facility, an individual’s loved ones are all they have to keep them accountable. Without this support system, a person is much more susceptible to relapse.
Family therapy opens the lines of communications that may have closed due to addiction. The family therapist mediates conversations, ensuring they stay productive. It can be difficult for families to discuss things objectively without firing up emotions. Family therapy ensures that everyone feels safe when sharing their thoughts and feelings. Therefore, loved ones can work through problems and communication barriers together without worrying about hurting each other’s feelings.
Additionally, a therapist can identify unhealthy relationships within a family. This includes codependent relationships. In family therapy, individuals will learn to recognize these unhealthy behaviors and develop methods for combating them. As a whole, family therapy helps loved ones stay connected and secure during recovery.
Begin Recovery with LA Detox
LA Detox supports families in their journeys toward lasting recovery. Along with family therapy, we also offer addiction therapy services that include:
To begin down the road to recovery with your family, call us today at (866) 932-8563.