When there is an addict in the family, the entire family suffers. Addiction is referred to as a “family disease.” Family members of an addict adopt roles and behaviors which either help or hurt the addict. Understanding these roles and how they are affecting the addict is imperative to recovery.
Addiction extends beyond just the addict. Family, friends and extended family also deal with grief, anxiety and other stressful emotions when a loved one struggles with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Addiction destroys and damages relationships. Lying, stealing and acting in harmful ways are not uncommon. Seastone believes recovery is a family affair. Family members should be involved in the addict’s treatment and we will make recommendations for family therapy sessions.
Family members will receive regular updates from our clinical staff and are encouraged to provide continuous support through controlled contact with their loved one while they are in treatment.
Clients with family that are out of state may opt to participate in family therapy sessions over the phone. Family communication, even when by telephone, starts to repair relationships.
Seastone also offers onsite family therapy sessions. These sessions are arranged by our clinical staff for any family that is willing to participate. The focus is to repair relationships that are damaged because of addiction.
We are also willing to provide group family sessions to educate families about the disease concept of addiction, the importance of drug and alcohol treatment, enabling versus loving and the importance of aftercare planning. Family group sessions give families a chance to connect to other families in the same situation and allow them to recognize that they are not alone and should not be ashamed.
The benefits of family therapy far outweigh any risks. Clients may be concerned that their family will not want to participate in treatment – angry parents or scorned spouses. Seastone’s clinicians are trained to deal with this.