Attending Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment is an important component of recovery. In fact, research shows that behavioral health treatment that includes family therapy gets better results than treatment that does not. As a result, when combined with individual treatment, family therapy can help reduce rate of relapse, reduce psychiatric symptoms, and relieve stress.1
Family therapy in addiction treatment helps families become aware of their own needs providing genuine, enduring healing to all participants. Florida Center for Recovery’s (FCR) Family Program has one simple aim: to provide every recovering individual and their loved ones a space where they can repair the damage caused by addiction. Our Family Recovery Program has been designed to enhance the quality of our clients’ relationships with their families, friends and significant other. FCR provides family members with a forum to learn positive communication skills to address chronic issues and concerns, under the guidance of a professional mediator.
Objectives of Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), there are two main goals of family therapy for addiction.1
Provide helpful support for the individual in substance abuse treatment. Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment decreases an individual’s chances of relapse, aids in the development and maintenance of positive behavioral and attitude changes, and promotes long-term recovery.
Improve the emotional health of the entire family. Through Family Therapy participants are encouraged to forgive past behaviors and establish trust. In addition, therapy aids in resolving conflict or feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. Also, family therapy extinguishes the sense of ongoing crisis and encourages participants to let go of negative emotions.
What to Do If a Family Member Does Not Want to Participate
It is important to realize that often times a family member may not want to participate in the treatment process. Although this may be a situation that can be resolved, ultimately, the decision to participate must be made willingly. In many instances, family members are fearful of being confronted, skeptical or tired from the ongoing addiction treatment efforts. If that is case, a counselor can contact the parties involved to try to persuade unwilling family members. While it can be very difficult to get reluctant family members involved in treatment, psychoeducational workshops and motivational interviewing are interventions that can soften resistance.
Get Addiction Treatment Help at Florida Center for Recovery
We understand families, often times, struggle to find the right words to say and the right action to take when it comes to dealing with substance addiction. Learning how to cope with, and support a loved one in recovery is what Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment is all about.
Therapeutic Family Education:
Our family therapy focuses on building a solid foundation for both the client and his/her loved ones, so that they can transition from primary treatment with the tools necessary to attain a successful recovery. Our Family Therapeutic Sessions cover topics including, but not limited to:
Addiction is a Disease
The Impact of Addiction on Families (Codependency Overview)
Boundaries – Healthy vs. Unhealthy
Communication – Healthy vs. Unhealthy
Family System (Roles)
Introduction to the 12-Step Programs
Family Self-Care Plan
Transition from Treatment to Early Recovery
Recovery Action Plan
Our Family Therapy Program is conducted on a weekly basis, either at the facility or via telephone. In addition we offer a full day Family Intensive Program on a monthly basis.
We at Florida Center for Recovery believe that for treatment to work the individuals must feel ready to embark on the recovery journey. We also believe in delivering compassionate care with dignity and respect. If you would like to explore addiction treatment options, feel free to give us a call at: 800-851-3291. All calls are confidential.
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Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.