When there is an addict in the family, the whole family suffers. Addiction is a “family disease” and the family will benefit from family therapy. The family members of an addict adopt roles and behaviors which either help or hurt the addict. Understanding these roles and how they affect the addict is crucial for recovery.
Addiction extends beyond the addict. Family, friends and the extended family suffer from grief, anxiety and other stressful emotions when their loved one struggles with addiction. Addiction destroys and damages relationships. Lying, stealing and acting in harmful ways are common for addicts. Seastone believes recovery is a family affair. Family members should be involved in the addict’s treatment. We recommend 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 telephone family therapy sessions. Family communication, even when by telephone, helps repair relationships damaged by addiction.
Seastone also offers onsite family therapy sessions. These sessions are arranged by our clinical staff for any family that is willing to participate.
We are also willing to provide group family sessions to educate families about the disease concept of addiction. We will explain the importance of drug and alcohol treatment. We will discuss enabling vs. loving and the importance of aftercare planning. Family group sessions give families a chance to connect to other families who are in the same situation. Group sessions allow families to recognize that they are not alone and should not be ashamed.
The benefits of family therapy far outweigh the 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.