Recovery for the Whole Family
Addiction is a family disease. It doesn’t just affect the person using drugs or alcohol. It impacts everyone who loves them. Family therapy often unites broken families and facilitates the healing process. For many of our clients, it is the most important part of treatment.
Having an addict in the family affects the family on a group level as well as on an individual level. Addiction can cause an enormous amount of stress and disruption within the household, and can often extend to family members who live outside the home. This can result in family members developing their own unhealthy coping strategies.
Family therapy can also help identify codependency and enabling behaviors. When a loved one is in the grips of addiction, loved ones may struggle to know how to react. For many, this means facilitating a family member’s substance abuse by shielding them from the consequences of their actions.
Enabling may include actions like…
- Taking responsibility for what the addicted loved one has done
- Covering up or lying for the other person
- Neglecting their own needs to care for their loved one
- Allowing them to steal from them or lie to them
- Trying to solve their problems for them (financial, legal, or personal)
The Benefits of Family Therapy
Often, families dealing with addiction adopt an attitude of secrecy. Discussing what is going on and how each person feels about it is taboo. Family therapy provides a way to express and address negative emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness and guilt in a safe and positive environment. With the support of a trained therapist, it is possible to restore the family unit and find lasting recovery.
Family Therapy in Miami, Florida
At South Miami Recovery, we offer a comprehensive family program. If you or a loved one need help, please contact us today. Our staff is fully bilingual and is prepared to help you to begin the journey to recovery.