The family tends to play a central role whenever an individual develops a mental health concern of any kind. The way we are brought up and our home environment have plenty to do with the way we interact with the world around us and the way that we process our feelings and emotions. Our families teach us how to communicate and how to treat other people. All in all, the impact Our lives significantly and in many different ways. It makes sense that once an individual develops a substance abuse disorder, every member of the family is impacted in one way or another. Some family members will dive into the issue head first, some even taking it on as if it were their own. Some family members might accidentally enable the person, feeding into their addiction so that they do not lash out and so that they stay in a somewhat stable mood.
How Family Helps Recovering Addicts
Some family members might abuse substances themselves; and because of that they might look at the situation as a benefit to them – some of the negative attention will be taken off of their actions and behaviors, after all. Some family members might try to control the actions of their loved ones, intervening, and unintentionally doing more harm than good. Others might ignore the problem entirely, pretending like it doesn’t exist, and still, others might completely avoid their loved one at all costs. All of these reactions are a result of a lack of education – because addiction is such a complicated and insidious disease, it is often misunderstood, and believed to be a matter of weak moral standing or a simple lack of willpower. This is just one of the many reasons why family education is such an important part of the drug rehab experience.
Drug Treatment and Family Education
How exactly does family education work in a drug rehab setting? Most inpatient treatment centers, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient programs offer a family-oriented program track, which typically includes family therapy sessions and family education. Family therapy sessions typically meet once every week or once every two weeks, depending on the size of the treatment program and the availability of licensed family therapists. The family members of clients will have access to addiction education groups, which they will attend without their loved ones. These groups will focus on the disease model of addiction, the impact of Addiction on the family, and how the family can help facilitate the recovery process. It is important to note that family participation is fundamental to the maintenance of long-term sobriety. If your loved one has been suffering at the hands of a substance abuse disorder, one of the best things that you can do to help immediately is to educate yourself on addiction and speak to a licensed therapist and addiction specialist who can offer you some valuable insight. Evoke Wellness treatment facilities focus on a wholesome approach and family integration during the recovery process.
Family Education at Evoke Wellness
at Evoke Wellness, family education is an important part of our overall recovery program. We believe that addiction is a family disease, and for one individual to thoroughly heal long-term, all remaining members of the family must heal simultaneously. In addition to offering family therapy sessions and in-depth family education, we provide the family members of our clients with a wide range of pertinent, recovery-related resources. This includes a list of 12-step meetings in the immediate area that are specifically geared towards the family members of men and women who suffer at the hands of alcoholism or addiction.
Our Family-Oriented Program of Addiction Recovery
We understand just how difficult it can be to watch someone you love struggle with a substance abuse disorder many of our licensed clinicians and therapists and support staff members have either experienced addiction firsthand or have helped a loved one go through the early recovery process themselves. This offers us a unique perspective, and we always treat you and your entire family with their respect and compassion that you deserve. At Evoke Wellness, our entire program is family-oriented from start to finish. For more information on our recovery program please feel free to reach out to us at any point in time. We are available around the clock to assist men, women, and families affected by substance use disorders.