The effects of addiction aren’t limited to the addicted person, and the causes of substance abuse can be varied and complex – family issues can contribute to and perpetuate the illness of addiction. In fact, addiction is sometimes referred to as a “family disease.” Successful treatment, therefore, often incorporates the family of the person struggling with addiction.
We include a family care component focused on the individual struggling with addiction. We believe the disease of addiction affects each family member at the same level as it does the individual “just differently” therefore, we treat the whole family system.
In addition to offering family therapy sessions and on-site intensive workshops, our family program is also offered online and via telephone conference.
This program is educational and therapeutic with respect to helping families understand how addiction has affected them and how to develop and implement healthy coping strategies, especially when feelings of anxiety and fear arise.
This program is designed to provide multiple families the opportunity to interact with one another as well as the clinicians. Families often find support and comfort in knowing other families are experiencing similar issues.
Individual family therapy sessions are offered under the discretion of the client and primary therapist and may include participation with anyone significant in the client’s life such as a spouse, significant other, parent, or sibling. Individual family work identifies the values and norms in which families operate as well as areas that may need work. It also addresses aspects of the family affected by addiction such as communication and trauma.
Throughout treatment, and in addition to curriculum-based groups clients participate in educational groups focused on the family system.