Addiction, substance abuse, and mental health disorders are family diseases that affect not only the person afflicted, but also their family and loved ones. Mental health and substance abuse disorders can increase conflict in relationships and strain family bonds. When you begin the recovery process, it is important that all family members receive support and treatment. The Ranch family program focuses on helping all members of your family participate in the recovery process. Clients’ family members are encouraged to attend our monthly Family Day. We provide a warm and welcoming experience where loved ones receive answers for their questions. Additionally, the family program provides an opportunity to learn about addiction and mental health, and discover how they can help their family member who may be struggling with addiction issues or other behavioral health problems.
The Ranch Family Program and Mental Health And Addiction Education
During The Ranch family program, family members learn about both the apparent and subtle ways they’re affected by their loved one’s addiction and mental health issues. Addiction and substance abuse problems routinely cause serious trust issues among families. Addiction can also impact families by:
- Increasing conflict
- Causing financial problems, such as debt
- Creating instability
- Hurting relationships between parents and children
Family addiction counseling and marital therapy are commonly utilized during addiction treatment to ensure all members have the option to receive help. The Ranch family program is dedicated to giving all family members a safe, accepting environment to express thoughts and feelings. Thus, every member of the family can work on establishing healthy boundaries.
Role Playing as Family Therapy
Staff members act out some common scenarios that families with loved ones struggling with mental health or addiction may have experienced. The staff members also act out the stages of recovery clients go through while in treatment. This creative expression can provide a greater understanding of addiction and make it easier to learn about how complex addiction is. Role playing provides an alternate approach to talking based therapy and is engaging, fun, and informative.
Other Treatment Approaches
Besides role playing, treatment at The Ranch also includes evidence-based, experiential and holistic therapies. Evidence-based treatments can include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Individual counseling
- Relapse prevention planning and education
- Teaching healthy coping mechanisms and strategies
Experiential therapy uses activities and expressive tools. Role playing is one type of experiential therapy. Some other examples of experiential therapy include dance movement and music therapy. Experiential therapy can also include art therapy and journaling. Holistic treatments focus on healing and treating your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Treatments can include:
- Meditation and mindfulness exercises
- Yoga and Pilates
- Dietary changes
- Medicine wheel and low ropes course
Some treatments also serve to provide you with new, healthy, and effective coping mechanisms. Physical exercises, such as ropes courses, horse riding, or Yoga can reduce cravings and improve health and cognition.
When you choose to reach out for help, you can pick between inpatient or outpatient programs. Our residential inpatient addiction treatment programs offer the highest level of care and are best for serious addiction or substance abuse issues or if you have had multiple attempts at treatment. Outpatient programs are excellent step-down options following inpatient treatment.
Family members learn about resources they can tap into that can help them recover, including Al-Anon and CODA. Family members will learn that they are all affected when there are mental health and substance use issues within the family system. Lunch is provided, and loved ones have visitation time with their family member at the end of the day’s programming. The Ranch family program helps ensure that all members of your family have the ability to engage in treatment and receive the support needed for recovery. If you or a loved one would like to find out more about our programs and your treatment options, call us today at 1.844.876.7680.