Beaches Recovery provides a comprehensive approach to overcoming chemical dependency, alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Many clients come to Beaches Recovery with damaged relationships and family discord. To that end, Beaches Recovery has therapists specially trained in family therapy to restore relationships and improve family functioning.

Treating addiction can be challenging, and individuals receiving treatment should take advantage of all resources available to them. Family members can be an incredible support system, but they can also enable addictive patterns or have a hard time understanding the roots and impact of addiction.

Addiction is a family disease; we know our clients past behaviors have truly affected their families. To help in treating addiction and rebuilding damaged relationships, family therapy can be an integral element to any recovery program. It’s time to dig deeper into the many benefits of family therapy during substance abuse treatment:

Family Therapy Helps Those Involved Understand the Nature of Addiction

Unfortunately, one of the major problems that patients in substance abuse programs deal with is family members who don’t really understand addiction. Many individuals still mistakenly believe that addiction to drugs or alcohol is a willpower issue or a moral weakness, despite overwhelming evidence proving otherwise.

One of the reasons that family therapy can be such a big help during treatment is that it informs and educates family members. Participants will have a better understanding of what their loved ones are going through, what factors led them to addiction and the challenges that are ahead in the battle for lasting sobriety.

Teaches Family Members to Love and Help Without Enabling Addiction

Many family members want to love and support those who struggle with addiction, but those good intentions can sometimes manifest themselves as enabling behavior. One of the key focuses of family therapy is how individuals can express their love and support without enabling their loved ones. This might include learning how to set emotional or financial boundaries, which may feel unloving but can actually result in stronger individuals who work harder to stay sober.

Creates a Support System to Hold Clients Accountable After Treatment Ends

Whether clients choose inpatient therapy, outpatient therapy or sober living programs, there will eventually come a time when they need to stand on their own. This is an integral and defining moment in recovery, and often a strong support system is what can be the difference between relapse and long-term sobriety.

Through family therapy, family members can learn how best to support their loved ones struggling with addiction. In addition, those in treatment can learn how best to ask for help and how to specifically request the kind of accountability or help they need to stay on track.

Improves Communication Between Family Members

Addiction leaves many problems in its wake, and just one of those can be broken or damaged relationships. Substance abuse can cause family members to fight, fear for their safety or the safety of others and generally wreak havoc. To restore relationships and open the lines of communication, family therapy can help.

By attending therapy, family members will have the opportunity to share their emotions and frustrations with their loved ones that can help family members let go of anger and resentments which can solidify relationships and ensure that family connections are solid enough to last through the ups and downs of recovery.

At Beaches Recovery, family therapy is considered essential to the success of our clients and is strongly encouraged for all clients. To begin on the path toward lasting recovery and rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida, contact Beaches Recovery immediately at 866-274-9281.