Addiction is a disorder that brings about many unhealthy habits and behaviors that often affect the individual and their family members. To treat alcohol and drug addiction from all angles, Wish Recovery offers Multi-Family Therapy as part of our integrated treatment program. We’ll work closely with you and your family to provide psychoeducation about dual diagnosis, addiction, and the consequences that stem from it. We also offer advice on communication and other necessary interpersonal skills so that your entire family can rebuild and achieve better wellness together.
Family therapy's purpose is to clarify all of the family's connections. Therapists specializing in family therapy believe that issues arise when individuals are at odds with one another rather than inside themselves. A family therapist will work with the family to discover how drug abuse is woven into everyday family life. Family psychologists specializing in treating families work with individuals and their families to find and practice new skills. All relationships are to be clarified and repaired, if desired by the family members, during family therapy.
Every family member has a voice and a vote in how the family is run, even the young ones. Family therapists often seek to improve communication within families by helping members understand how they might communicate toxic messages through their language and behavior. Family therapists also work with families to discover how they may unintentionally enable a loved one's drug abuse.
In multi-family therapy (MFT) groups, role-playing and other psychoeducational and experiential exercises are common. Theoretically, observing the dynamics of another family's interaction in a group would help a family better understand and accept its dynamics. Families can reduce feelings of shame and improve their coping skills by using well-facilitated groups. Even if the patient relapses after leaving rehab, the group process helps the patient's family realize that they, too, may benefit from therapy.
MFT is beneficial for incorporating the family early in treatment, encouraging patients to remain in therapy, and preventing relapse. Families may learn to accept and cope with the effects of alcohol and other drugs through MFT. Suppose your family participates in a group MFT session. In that case, you may be asked to stand in a circle with six other families from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, each with its dynamics and substance use disorder experiences. When a group counselor asks those who feel out of place to take a single step inside the circle, almost everyone who stands will comply.
When dealing with a loved one's drug abuse, it is essential to remember that you are not the only one experiencing these thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Families in need of assistance may benefit from MFT as a starting point.
It's impossible to compare the two families since they are all unique. Wish Recovery recognizes the diversity of family structures and their commonalities to give the best possible family-based treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders.
These are core tenants of family therapy:
Make use of the power of the family to bring about change. Families are encouraged to undertake significant lifestyle adjustments from the start of family-focused programs. In addition to helping families cope and communicate better, family therapy for addiction teaches them new ways to manage and share. All family members are encouraged to participate by the strength of their connection, which is based on mutual respect and trust.
Family therapy seeks to prevent SUDs from spreading from one generation to the next. An elevated risk of SUDs and mental illnesses occurs when a parent abuses alcohol or drugs. It is less likely that siblings may use drugs or conduct associated crimes if the therapy is successful.
Evaluate and restructure the family's behavioral, cognitive, and emotional reactions that may unwittingly encourage the prolonged use of alcohol and other substances. Addiction in the family often causes stress, loss, and trauma for the whole family, and family therapy aims to alleviate these effects. Additionally, it identifies and addresses the specific family requirements and possible obstacles to receiving and utilizing family services.
Involve family members in therapy by using a strengths-based approach. Treatment participation may benefit from family involvement, while treatment for drug and alcohol use disorders might be derailed if there is no family involvement. Certain features of family connections, including alcohol and drug abuse and the danger of relapse, may exacerbate stress and behavioral difficulties.
Families in recovery can help each other heal from addiction.
Entering a family therapy program can allow you to repair the harm that addiction has caused. Though it can be painful, facing these issues head-on is essential. Through family therapy, we help you make amends with your family. In turn, you can develop the skills necessary to maintain long-lasting recovery. We're here to make sure you and your family have access to experienced counselors and feel supported when included in the process.
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