Family Program for Addiction
For anyone who has a loved one with a substance abuse problem, you understand that addiction affects more than just the person abusing drugs. It is a disease that can take over a person’s life and their loved ones may become collateral damage as a result. From strained relationships to toxic family dynamics, one family member’s drug or alcohol habits can wreak havoc on the family unit as a whole. Thankfully, there is help for families of addicts as well.
Help for Family Members of Drug Addicts
As a drug rehab in Pennsylvania, we know that because addiction affects more than just the person using, the entire family needs to heal. A family program for addiction focuses on help for the family of a drug addict or alcoholic. It not only enhances the recovery of the addict but also focuses on the people who were also affected by the substance abuse problems of the addict.
Family members may harbor feelings of guilt, shame, mistrust, anger, self-blame, or hopelessness from their loved one’s addiction. Not only can this lead to poor mental health for the individual family members, but if these feelings are not properly addressed, they can become toxic and make matters worse for the family as a whole. The result may be broken or unhealthy relationships that could even be making the addiction worse. In order for each family member to come to terms with their emotions and for the family to move forward as a unit, formal help for family members of drug addicts or alcoholics becomes imperative.
Our Pennsylvania Family Program for Addiction
At Clearbrook Treatment Centers, our Family Education Program for Addiction provides help for both family members and the recovering addict. Addiction can affect everyone differently, so it is important that the entire family unit has the opportunity to come together and heal from the substance abuse.
Just like patients in our drug and alcohol treatment programs, families participate in group therapy and individual counseling sessions. Family members need to feel like they are being heard and their concerns are being addressed in order to move past the substance abuse disorder. Through our family therapy for addiction, family members have a secure and nonjudgmental environment to voice their opinion and confront the recovering addict.
Along with having a safe place to speak their minds, education is an important part of helping family members of addicts. Loved ones will learn about addiction as a whole including enabling behavioral that may be contributing to the addiction and how to better handle addictive behaviors in the future. Through various exercises and role-playing, our program will help family members better understand what their loved one is going through. At the end of this program, families have a better understanding of the addiction as well as how to help their loved one through the recovery journey.
The individual suffering from substance abuse will also greatly benefit from the love and support of their family members that our family program can help create. Many recovering addicts are vulnerable to relapse but having a good support system can help. These programs will also help the person in recovery understand where their loved ones are coming from and how they hurt them.
Get Started Today
Families are encouraged to take advantage of the Clearbrook Family Program during their loved one’s residential addiction treatment. The addiction family program is provided to family members of recovering addicts three weekends a month. It begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and ends at noon on Sunday. Because we understand that family is not always blood, our family programs are also open to those people who are not related to the addict but may benefit from the program.
If you would like to learn more about the Clearbrook Family Educational Program for Addiction, contact us today. We have been bringing families closer through the recovery process for so many years and your family could be next. Help is just one phone call away!