Can Family Therapy Benefit Me?


Couples therapy assessment

There are so many aspects of recovery when it comes to substance abuse – the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has noted health, home, purpose, and community as a few key components. The right treatment center will help you overcome your addiction and make informed, healthy choices towards your well-being; they will make sure that you know what a stable home should look like; they will help you identify your meaning in life through activities, volunteering, creative endeavors and other ventures, and they will assist you in developing relationships with peers and family members. Family therapy can be very helpful for you to make amends with loved ones and to reconcile differences.

What is family therapy?

SAMHSA defines family therapy as “a system of different parts”. This belief stems from the idea that when one person in the family undergoes a mental illness or addiction, everyone in the family is affected. Because of addiction, family members may experience lies, secrets, too much responsibility, acting out, and shutting down. These effects can wreak havoc on the family dynamic, and members may feel guilt, shame, anger, sadness, hopelessness, distrust, fear, and more. Family therapy is a way for all voices in the family to be heard and for individuals to work out these conflicts in a safe environment.

Family therapy can be beneficial in many ways:

  • The individual with substance abuse can develop awareness on his or her needs and behaviors.
  • The overall mental and physical state of the family can be improved.
  • Family members may learn strategies to help them better self-care.
  • Everyone can address certain behaviors that are disrupting recovery.
  • Communication styles and relationship quality between everyone in the family may be improved.
  • Everyone can address the systems that are put in place that work towards recovery.
  • Family members can build awareness on addiction and substance abuse patterns in the family so that other members can seek help before it gets passed down.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has noted several diverse types of family therapy that may work best in cases of substance abuse: brief strategic family therapy (BSFT), family behavior therapy (FBT), functional family therapy (FFT), multidimensional family therapy (MDFT), and multi-systemic therapy (MST). Each family is different, but if there are willing family members, family therapy can be an excellent way to reconnect and learn more about substance abuse together. By trying family therapy, your family could discover better ways to interact with one another and to promote your recovery.

If you or a loved one are seeking a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery treatment program, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery believes in providing clients with the resources they need to succeed. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we will work with you to develop the tools needed to restore and rebalance your mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for a consultation.