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Can an Addiction Treatment Center Help Families of Addicts, Too?

families of addictsAddiction affects everything that is in its path, including the family of the affected individual. If your loved one suffers from addiction and is receiving treatment, you are probably wondering if their treatment will also help you. Because families play an important role in the individual’s recovery, most rehab programs emphasize family involvement.

When your loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, you can develop your own mental health issues as a result of the chaos that is unfolding in front of you. Constantly worrying about your loved one’s safety can really take its toll on your mental health. Addiction recovery includes everyone, not just the person who was abusing substances, and there are many ways an addiction center can help families of addicts heal.

How Does Addiction Affect Loved Ones?

You will experience your own stressors and pain when your loved one abuses drugs or alcohol. Sometimes your pain can present like an addiction, as you become consumed with your loved one’s well-being, whereabouts, and use of drugs and alcohol. In other words, drug addiction can create chaos in your family system, proving the need for support for all family members.

Addiction can tear a family apart. As your loved one’s behavior becomes more and more erratic, it causes stress on each member of your family. This is one of the many ways addiction affects the loved ones of the addict.

Other ways that addiction affects the entire family include:

  • Financial hardship
  • Stolen money or items
  • Parental grief or guilt
  • Young children being exposed to substances or addictive behaviors
  • Witnessing the side effects of drugs
  • Reckless behavior within the home
  • Dangerous people coming into the home
  • Substances in the home
  • Increased risk of more addiction in the family
  • Broken relationships
  • Overall chaos
  • Constant arguments or physical altercations
  • Loss of trust

Can an Addiction Treatment Center Help the Families of Addicts?

Addiction affects your entire family so rehab programs often offer services to members of an addict’s family. When the addicted individual’s family heals from their hardships, they have a higher chance of remaining sober after leaving their treatment program. Providing services to your entire family helps you and your loved one in the same manner.

Some of the ways an addiction treatment center can help families of addicts include:

Family Therapy

Family therapy helps to improve family conflict and resolve family issues that resulted from or contributed to your loved one’s issues with addiction. Additionally, family therapy is effective in helping you and every member of your family recover from the effects of witnessing and experiencing addiction in your home. This process allows you and your family to address issues that created resentments, estrangements, and misunderstandings.

Family therapy focuses on varying problems that include but is not limited to:

  • Marital strain
  • Substance abuse
  • Conflict resolution
  • Trauma
  • Grief
  • Relationship dynamics
  • Infidelity
  • Addiction stigma
  • Health concerns
  • Mental health issues
  • Parenting concerns
  • Domestic violence
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • Financial concerns
  • Communication issues
  • Improved functioning within the family

Addiction Education

A vital part of recovering from the effects of your loved one’s addiction is understanding why they behaved the way they did in the first place. The only way to fully understand the intricacies of your loved one’s substance abuse is to become educated on the disease of addiction.

During family therapy sessions, some of the meetings may be focused on addiction education and the science behind the disease. This will help you begin to understand how the drugs affected your loved ones, why they behaved the way they did, and how you can help them recover from here on out.

Peace of Mind

Another way that rehab programs will help your family is by providing you with peace of mind. During your loved one’s addiction, you probably spent a lot of time lying awake at night wondering if they were okay and alive. Once they enter an addiction treatment program, you can rest assured that they are in a safe and supportive environment.

Having this peace of mind will allow you to begin focusing on yourself instead of having to obsess over your loved one’s well-being. You will finally have time to practice the self-care techniques you probably neglected during their active addiction, providing you with stress relief and time for yourself.

Referrals to Support Groups

Lastly, your loved one’s addiction treatment program can help you by referring you to support groups. There are groups intended for the families of addicts that allow you to connect with other individuals who were affected by addiction in some manner.

Al-Anon is one of the most common support groups that provide this care.

According to Al-Anon, this program helps people as “members share their own experience, strength, and hope.” You will meet others who share your feelings and frustrations, if not your exact situation. We come together to learn a better way of life, to find happiness whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not.”[1]

Al-Anon and other support groups can provide you with the peer support and camaraderie you need to recover from the effects of your loved one’s addiction.

Family-Focused Addiction Treatment at Woburn Wellness

If you or your loved one suffer from addiction, it’s time to seek professional treatment. Not only can drug and alcohol rehab help the addicted individual recover, but also the entire family. Each member of the family is affected by addiction, so addiction treatment should focus on each person belonging to an affected family.

At Woburn Wellness, we provide our patients with family-focused addiction treatment that can help you and your loved one recover. Contact us today to get started.

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