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One of the most important things to remember about addiction is that it’s not an isolated incident. Addiction has an enormous impact on family members and the patterns we set together. Conversely, often addiction calls for the need to re-examine family dynamics, communication and conflict style. Through finding and establishing new patterns, we can better support the recovery of a loved one.
Connection Supports Sober Living
The single biggest reason that we incorporate family dynamics and family therapy into our addiction recovery program is that we know that our patients will need a support system after they leave recovery. Family is the best resource for people struggling to establish a sober lifestyle. Love and support counter the isolation and shame that tend to send people into relapse. Encouragement and practical support can help patients overcome hurdles that inevitably crop up post-addiction-recovery, from finding a new place to navigating new relationships.
Although we often want to heal connections that may have been strained or damaged during addiction, it’s a hard hurdle to overcome. Sometimes we’re simply not equipped with the techniques and communication skills to get past it. Our family dynamics focus can help repair these vital relationships in order to better support recovery.
Troubleshooting Family Patterns
Even when we mean well, there are some family patterns that can fuel addiction. This doesn’t mean that there were mistakes, or that there was faulty parenting. It simply means that special challenges need special care.
Authoritarian style families with minimal communication can foster the secrecy and alienation that addiction thrives on. Misdirected help, defensiveness, and troublesome patterns that we’ve learned from parents before us can all contribute to crippling a parents’ ability to help a child overcome addiction. Troubleshooting through professional counseling can help us see our unhelpful patterns and find new solutions. Often, problems stem from assumptions that we make about each other or ourselves. Although it’s no one’s fault, we can feel pressure to act in a certain way because of subconscious or misinterpreted signals from our loved ones.
Therapy Benefits More than the Patient
Whether or not our past patterns are constructive, examination of family patterns and dynamics can only help us.
Although family members of patients may never have struggled with addiction, we all have personal struggles. Taking a closer look at family dynamics can help us to understand ourselves and our loved ones better, and further empower us to help those we love.
Real Stories of Recovery
"I started using drugs and alcohol when I was seventeen. It all started with alcohol and marijuana on the weekends. By age eighteen I had moved on to pain pills, shortly after I was a full blown heroin addict. I knew I needed to stop and could see my life going down the drain. Scholarships to college were lost...
"I had come to a place of complete darkness and hopelessness in my life - if I had waited any longer to get help I don't think I would be alive today. The transformation I made in those two months is truly astonishing to me. With the help of the staff and other clients I was able to completely change my life...
"Therapia for Women saved my life. I walked into those doors scared, addicted, and ready to end my life. I had lost everything due to my addiction and...
"First, I wanted to thank you for all you have done for Jeff, our family, and the amazing Band of Brothers. In 20+ years, I don't think I've met a person who could get through to Jeff the way that you have. Yes, you had a captive (no pun intended) audience with him, but, per his own words, 'If it hadn't been Davee...
"I am a 39 year old man who had lost everything that mattered in life - wives, children, a lucrative business, family and friends. I had given up on life and had decided I was a hopeless case. After trying to end it all one night I decided I needed help or I was going to die or end up in jail for a very long time. I luckily found Therápia...