The Benefit of Family Involvement in Drug Abuse Treatment

Willow Place on September 22, 2016
The Benefit of Family Involvement in Drug Abuse Treatment

When an addict is dependent on drugs or alcohol, every member of the family is affected. Every relationship in an addict’s life has changed because of the influence of drugs or alcohol. For this reason, it is important that the family of an addict is involved in the drug abuse treatment process. Family involvement during this critical part of an addict’s life only helps, and even give an addict the motivation needed to continue treatment.

What are the Kinds of Therapy Family is Involved In?

There are numerous ways that drug abuse treatment can be approached, and also a number of ways family members can be implemented. Recovery centers are always redesigning their programs for the best results, but most family involvement during treatment includes:

  • Addiction treatment education.
  • Intake and recovery plan program participation.
  • Being involved in lessons and program options.
  • Family group therapy sessions.
  • Support without judgment of the addict throughout the duration of treatment.

The pain that comes along with addiction is not the addict’s alone. Being involved in the treatment process gives a family the option to begin healing the same time as the addict. Many families do not know enough about addiction to know how to deal with an addict, enabling behaviors that actually perpetuate the addiction cycle. A family that correctly deals with an addict’s behavior can be motivation for an addict to realize behaviors and seek help on their own. Additionally, education for a family on relapse prevention can give an addict ongoing support after treatment and keep the whole family prepared for relapse, if necessary.

Other Benefits of Family Involvement during Drug Abuse Treatment:

  • Family involvement during therapy gives counselors a closer look at family involvement in regards to rooted problems that may have been a prerequisite to addiction.
  • An addict is less likely to leave treatment before medically requested if family pressure to stay in recovery is evident.
  • Therapy provides an option for a family to release painful emotions brought on by the addict’s behavior.
  • Gives the addict a chance to recognize the feelings that their addiction has brought to their family members.
  • Family members are given the opportunity to find healing for themselves for their own addictions and taught not to enable the addict in their life.

Seeking Family Drug Abuse Treatment

An addict needs as much support as possible when they decide to go on the journey to recovery. More times than not, every member of an addict’s family needs healing to move on from the destruction of addiction. Addicts say and do things to destroy their closest relationships, especially those of family members. Family members may also say and do things that encourage their addict’s cycle of addiction without even knowing it. Bringing all of these problems to light throughout drug abuse treatment gives every member of the family the tools they need to move forward in life from the burden of addiction. If you are looking for a treatment facility that implements family into all parts of recovery, Willow Place for Women is right for you. Please call us at 1-888-651-4212 so that we may answer any question or concern that you might have.


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If you or someone you love is battling substance use, mental health, or eating disorders, please feel free to contact one of our trained admission specialists today. All calls are free and completely confidential. While we know that suffering from a severe and life-threatening substance use disorder or a mental health issue can, at times, seem insurmountable, we sincerely believe that every woman is capable and deserving of the opportunity to recover. Reaching out is the first step – give us a call today and we will gladly walk you through the process of beginning your beautiful, fulfilling journey of recovery.

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