Should Family Be Included In Addiction Recovery?

Treatment is a time for everyone who is affected by addiction to learn, change, and heal. Family programming is one of the ways where recovery transcends treatment walls and helps influence everyone’s lives.

Why Family Is Important

Isolation is a damaging part of addiction, in addition to toxic shame and guilt. Addiction can drive people to great lengths and do things to their families they never imagined they would. Contrastly, parents and family systems can be dysfunctional in ways that the parents would never have wanted to affect their children. Addiction is often called a family disease. Once a loved one is afflicted with an addiction, the entire family dynamic changes. Recovery isn’t just for a loved one to heal, but for all of their loved ones to heal as well.

When Family Isn’t Available

Some people find it necessary to travel for treatment. Needing to get out of their home environment and away from what they’re used to, they fly far away to go to treatment. Family isn’t always available to make that trip. Additionally, family isn’t always supportive of their loved one’s treatment. Relapse can be chronic. Relationships are strained. Families can become completely disconnected. Friends, partners, or closer relatives can help the family therapy process.

Most therapists are willing to work through family therapy via skype. Though family members won’t be able to participate in group processing or education, they can engage in the intimate therapeutic process. Through individual sessions, a therapist or counselor can educate family members, counsel them individually, and guide the family healing process.

What’s Included In Family Programming

Activities and topics for a successful and impactful family program should include:

  • Psychoeducational activities
  • Topics of: attachment, detaching with love, and enabling
  • Self-Care for the whole family
  • 12 step philosophy
  • Family dynamics
  • Codependency
  • Coping strategies
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • One on one counseling for family members
  • Group counseling for families
  • Family therapy sessions
  • Understanding and defining addiction
  • Understanding and defining recovery
  • Understanding and defining relapse
  • Relapse prevention
  • Spirituality and spiritual health
  • Communication strategies and healthy communication tools
  • Grief and loss
  • Toxic Shame
  • Toxic Guilt

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