When talking about addiction, we are usually referring to one person. However, addiction is more commonly a family disease. A family is a unit, and if one person is sick, all others are affected to some degree. Because of this, addiction treatment often requires family therapy.
What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is a type of therapy designed to target the dynamics of the group rather than an individual. Family therapy is based on the idea that there is a certain connection only found within the family bond. If one or more people within the family unit is suffering, then the health of the whole suffers, too.
Family therapy has a great potential of helping to increase the success rate of recovery, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In the past, addiction treatment focused mainly on the individual, but in recent years, therapy has shifted to a more integrated style.
How to Know if Family Therapy is Right for You
In families where one or more people are struggling with a dependence to alcohol and/or a drug/s, it’s easy for sober members to single out the addicted individual and perceive him as the sole problem, which is unfair and most likely untrue. No one is all good or all bad.
While it can be difficult to not judge a loved one for abusing substances, consider the fact that they are most likely living a nightmare. Because drug or alcohol dependence exists on a surface level, it can be hard to see the other problems lurking below the surface.
Addiction is sometimes referred to as a disease of loneliness. By this definition, family therapy can offer a way to strengthen bonds within a family. Connection is vital to the success of recovery.
Who is Considered Family?
The definition of family is loosely bound and does not necessarily mean the family in which one was born into. Rather, family is the unit in which you share the tightest bonds. In this case, family therapy does not require people to be married or share a bloodline.
Family Therapy and Drug Rehab
In addition to offering family therapy services, First Step Center of Arizona provides individualized care for each client at its inpatient residential treatment center. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized program tailored to meet specified needs.
We offer programs and therapies like:
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If you or someone you love is dealing with substance abuse, don’t wait any longer. Get the help you need today. To find out more about family therapy or addiction treatment at First Step Center, call us now at 866.832.6398.