Addiction can weaken a family’s bonds thanks to the corrosive actions taken by members caught up in its grip. Trying to provide care and unconditional support can quickly devolve into codependency. Family therapy can be the start of rebuilding trust between everyone while providing everyone with emotional support. Before that starts, anyone in the family struggling with addiction must make decisions about getting treatment. Compass Detox provides individuals with access to different detox programs and addiction therapy.
The family therapy program offered at Compass Detox allows a client’s family members to spend together and work through their issues. The program educates families about the realities of the disease of addiction. Compass Detox clarifies that substance abuse causes chemical changes in the brain and body that affect a person’s behavior.
Taking part in family therapy can help your family understand why their loved one ended up abusing substances. Many people have a hard time grasping where things went wrong. They may be dealing with feelings of guilt and responsibility that may have contributed to another family member’s addiction.
The client may also have feelings and emotions they have difficulty expressing outside of a counseling session. Family therapy can provide a safe place for everyone to communicate effectively and determine if they can salvage what may seem irreparable.
Who Can Be Helped By Family Therapy?
Family therapy doesn’t necessarily mean people who share a blood bond. It can involve anyone who has a close emotional tie to a client. You may live with your family members or only see them a few times per year. Family therapy is about reconnecting with the people you are closest with, including:
- Foster Parents
- Extended Family Members
You may be ready for family therapy once you have gone through the detox process and started making progress in your recovery. Being in a more stable emotional state can leave you better prepared to deal with any conflicts that might arise in family therapy.
What Kind of Goals Should Be Set For Family Therapy?
Most family therapy sessions’ main goals are to provide support to all family members and strengthen their emotional health. That allows everyone to thrive and start to move forward.
Goals you might want to set for your family unit in family therapy can include:
- Learning to move past mistrust and find a place where you can reconcile differences
- Being able to provide forgiveness for past mistakes
- Dealing with the stress that comes with having a family member with an addiction
- Moving past any anger at actions taken in the past and finding inner peace
- Finding ways to not escalate disagreements to a crisis point
What Can I Gain From Family Therapy?
Family therapy does more than educate families about addiction. They show them how to apply lessons from each session into daily interactions between family members. Each member gets the chance to express themselves and give voice to any concerns or frustrations without judgment.
The therapist can show each member how they can make changes that build stronger bridges of communication. Everyone learns how to support each other without enabling unhealthy behavior. That leaves space for trust to develop and grow over time.
Family members often get more out of therapy sessions when they approach them with an open mind. Everyone should be willing to examine how they conduct themselves and choose to eliminate behaviors that may be harmful or destructive. Family therapy can be a place where difficult topics can be brought to the surface instead of ignored.
Compass Detox programs allow clients to get started down the path of healing. Some of what we offer includes:
- Alcohol Detox Program
- Heroin Detox Program
- Prescription Drug Detox Program
- Meth Detox Program
- Opiate Detox Program