What is Relational Healing?

During the desperate bottom of addiction, there are feelings of isolation, loneliness, and separation. Those who are addicted feel incredibly distant from their peers in life. Addiction has convinced them that they are not relatable, unreachable, and unwelcome in the rest of the world. Few people could possibly understand the experience of being completely and powerlessly controlled by drugs and alcohol. Such a sentiment keeps men and women in their addictions for long periods of time. They feel they wouldn’t be able to relate to the normal world anymore, to normal people anymore. Having become their friends, companions, and confidants, drugs and alcohol are all that someone addicted feels they can relate to. As a result, they lose hope. They lose hope that anyone will ever understand their addiction. More importantly, they lose hope that they will ever understand them.

Recovery is the greatest of surprises for these individuals. In treatment center programs, twelve step meetings, and other forms of support, they come across others who have experienced the same thing. Only another person recovering from drug and alcohol addiction can understand that particular experience. Finding relation is what saves many people’s lives. The relationships they build with recovery, the people in recovery, and their lives of recovery, rewrite the story of isolation.

Relational healing is a model for therapy which helps clients relate to themselves and to others. When the family gets involved in the healing and therapy process, relational healing is especially helpful. Emotional healing through a relational healing model is made easier because family members are able to relate to one another more easily. It is easy for families to assume certain roles in their family structure which often takes the position of family versus addict. Gaining relational understanding breaks the barrier of us versus them creating a relationship of us throughout the family unit. Forgiveness, healing, confrontation, grieving, admission, reconciliation, and other emotional experiences can all take place through relational healing.


When a loved one is consumed by addiction, the whole family is affected. Infinity Malibu offers family therapy and family programs which the family relate to one another again and build new relationships in recovery. Serving the greater Los Angeles area, our luxury private estates offer the privacy and seclusion your loved one needs to change their life. Change your life, change your legacy. Start your legacy of recovery today by calling us today for information on our continuum of treatment programs: (888) 266-9048

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