Family and Marital Drug Rehabilitating Therapies
To the individual who is struggling with substance abuse and/or addiction, these challenges can often feel like intensely personal and isolating experiences. In truth, though, the effects of substance abuse and addiction are rarely (if ever) felt only by the person who is actually engaging in the behavior in question.
Unhealthy or otherwise dysfunctional family relationships can contribute to stresses and pressures that lead to substance abuse – and addictive behaviors can clearly have a strong detrimental effect on those who care about or depend upon the addicted individual.
For these reasons, family therapy is often an important component of an effective comprehensive addiction recovery program. By bringing family members together in a supportive environment under the guidance of an experienced family therapist, issues that have contributed to and/or been exacerbated by the substance abuse can be identified and addressed in a productive way.
Marital therapy provides partners with a productive opportunity to begin working together again to address the wide range of issues (including but not limited to communication problems, financial concerns and trust issues) that have been undermining the relationship. In a similar vein, family therapy incorporates parents, children and other close relatives into the process.
Though the goals of specific family therapy or marital therapy sessions depend upon the unique needs of the individual participants, the general goals are fairly consistent: to address issues that are preventing the participants from functioning in a healthy and productive manner, and to empower all family members to pursue healthier futures while supporting the recovering member as he/she works to achieve long-term sobriety.