Addiction doesn’t just affect one individual, but their loved ones as well. If you’ve been considering entering treatment for your addiction, it’s natural for you to want your family to become involved too – after all, everyone needs time to heal and move forward as a family in the best way possible. Researchers have used the term homeostasis to refer to a family’s tendency to maintain stability; when changes occur, homeostasis can become more challenging and the stress of the change may cause family members to develop unhealthy coping mechanisms. One of the best ways to improve your family’s homeostasis is for everyone to partake in family therapy.
With family therapy, the approach is towards perceiving families as a system with individual parts that connect as a whole. When addiction or another change is involved – whether good or bad – some families struggle to adapt, causing lies and secrets to take over. Some family members may take too much responsibility, others act out in harmful ways, yet other family members may shut down completely. Family therapy seeks to rejuvenate the family’s system of communication and revitalize it through giving each member a voice and giving the entire family ways of coping and moving forward.
The following are some key points often discussed in family therapy:
- Family roles
- Ways to improve communication and build trust
- Learning what is helpful and what is harmful
- Identifying ways to interact that respect everyone involved
As emphasized in a book published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), family therapy often includes discussion of how individual members of the family are feeling, a particular problem in the family that needs solving, healthier ways to cope, how to communicate in a way that is respectful while uplifting one’s needs, and more. At times, homework may be involved to get family members thinking outside of the session. If a family member isn’t ready to work as a team, they may attend individual counseling as well.
Family support is a crucial component to success in recovery, and if your family is willing to attend therapy, you have a great chance a getting back stability. If your family isn’t ready to work together in therapy yet, give them some time – perhaps even consider having a person from a reputable treatment center provide them with more information on how they can get involved.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery center. We offer dual diagnosis treatment, so if you are experiencing both substance abuse and symptoms of a mental disorder, call us today at 888-743-0490 so that we can work with you to restore your happiness, health, and well-being. You do not have to continue living this way; there are many people here ready to help you.