Addiction and mental illness take a personal toll, but also negatively impact the entire family. Family therapy plays a vital role in the rehabilitation process. During sessions, clients and loved ones work together on issues, develop healthy communication skills and rebuild trust, all of which are key elements to recovery.
Family therapy addresses specific issues affecting the psychological health of the family. It is typically used as a complementary approach. Participants address emotional wounds that prevent them from living full lives, both individually and as families. They engage in traditional and experiential processes to foster understanding, acceptance and forgiveness while exploring deeply held beliefs, feelings and underlying issues. Involving family members can lead to more intense healing for everyone.
Family acceptance and support can help an individual improve their self-esteem and self-image during and after treatment. Active engagement, flexibility and open communication among family members can improve the client’s self-confidence and facilitate adjustment to home life. Positive attitudes and reinforcement from loved ones often help an individual work toward recovery and achieve long-term abstinence. Moreover, as issues and conflicts are uncovered, working collaboratively can lead to solutions benefitting everyone involved.
Family members benefit from therapy when they experience stress related to destructive, often hurtful behaviors of a loved one. This can help members focus on moving forward in a positive manner, rather the reflecting on the past strain this put on the family relationship. Benefits include: