Family Therapy For Substance Abuse Recovery

What Is Family Therapy?

Medical professionals consider addiction a family disease. This is because addiction affects every member of the family. Chemical dependency is accompanied by feelings of shame, embarrassment, or low self-esteem. People who have suffered trauma may turn to drugs or alcohol as a form of self-medication. The resulting family dynamic is not healthy for anyone in the family.

Parents, siblings, and spouses who are affected by an addicted loved one may suffer. When they try to help their loved ones, they become enablers instead. This results in giving the disease longevity and power. Chemical dependency also creates a lot of strong feelings among family members. Anger, accusations, and disappointment are not uncommon. A group therapy program gives every family member a safe place to speak and work through family dynamics and relationships together in a healthy way.

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Why Is Family Therapy Important?

Family therapy will help prevent loving family members from unknowingly enabling the addiction. Helping a loved one find a family therapy program will improve communication with one another. It will also provide the family with clear goals. Other advantages to inviting family to therapy include:

  • Help hold each family member accountable for their actions
  • Identifying and discontinuing behaviors that trigger self-medication
  • Bringing structure to the family unit
  • Changing destructive family patterns
  • Providing a safe, neutral place for communication to happen



How Does Family Therapy Work?

Facilities that include family members as a part of the healing process often provide better, longer-lasting results. Here are examples of what you can expect as part of the process:

  • Evaluate your family’s ability to solve problems and express thoughts and emotions in a healthy, productive manner.
  • Identify key roles and behavior patterns of individual family members.
  • Recognize your family’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Learn skills to cope with challenging situations in a more effective way.


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If you feel your family might benefit from a family therapy program, reach out to Ethan Crossing today. We provide a range of addiction treatment center programs to help your loved one overcome addiction.

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Our Continuum Of Care

First Step
Individual Assessment
It is helpful to know when you or a loved one should seek treatment for addiction at an addiction treatment center. Of course, you cannot know when it’s time to seek treatment unless you know what signs to look for.
First Step
The Road To Recovery
Medical Detox
Medical detox is a supervised detoxification program. A medical team is present 24/7 to help someone manage their withdrawal symptoms and monitor their physical and emotional health. Many substances lead to a dangerous detox so our medical teams are prepared to handle emergencies. Medications are administered to alleviate symptoms and keep someone from having an emergency.
The Road To Recovery
Continue Recovery
Upon successful completion of detox, many people move into residential care. This is when people use therapies to get to the root of their problem and help them heal. This includes private psychotherapy and group therapy. We teach them new coping skills and essentially prepare them for life outside of a rehab setting.
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Flexible Options
Partial Hospitalization (PHP)
For some people, the next step is partial hospitalization. This is where they spend the day at our facility and partake in our therapies and groups. We continue helping them with coping skills and healing from past issues. We also work on aftercare planning for when they no longer need to be in a facility. Each night, the person goes home and each morning they are submitted to a substance screening.
Flexible Options
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Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
Intensive outpatient is for those who have left partial hospitalization and need a strong outpatient program. They come several times a week for group therapies, personal psychotherapy, and other support groups as needed. We also check in with them on how their new life is going and help them overcome issues that sometimes arise.
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Conveniently located
Our treatment team collaborates with additional community providers to ensure ongoing outpatient care once discharged from our programs.
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Post Recovery
Once people have completed our programs, we have alumni care. Support groups continue to ensure that each person has a supportive network in their lives. This may be special events or a 12-step group.
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