Family Counseling in Addiction Rehab
It has often been said that addiction is a family affair and that’s because the illness not only destroys the life of the sufferer, but also negatively impacts those close to them. Some of the negative behaviors exhibited by people with addiction issues can break even the strongest relationships. Stealing money, telling lies and being generally devious is enough to tip some relationships over the brink completely and can lead to irreparable damage.
Family counseling provides the perfect platform to build bridges between an addict and their closest loved ones, as it presents an opportunity for completely open and honest communication. With guidance from a qualified therapist, the relevant feelings and emotions can be brought into the open more effectively allowing the healing process to begin. Many people attending family counseling in a rehab center will be speaking openly for the very first time in a long while. Where they may have been unable to reach their addicted relative before, they are allowed an opportunity to do so – and vice versa.
In many cases, addicts become withdrawn from those closest to them, mainly because they are not at a point where they want to seek treatment and fear harsh judgment as a result. They may not even be aware of the problems they have created in their own family as a result of their negative behaviors or that they are in any way addicted to alcohol or drugs. Whatever the scenario within the family of an addict, the common denominator is usually a complete lack of communication and consequently zero understanding of what addiction is for the sufferer and those close to them.
It doesn’t matter what lies at the root of someone’s addiction; whether it is the result of a mental illness, dependence on prescription drugs, a response to a major trauma or as a means to self-medicate anxiety – it is something they do not talk openly about. Admitting there is a problem is the first step towards getting treatment but it is also the biggest obstacle preventing many from doing so. The reason this can become a wider problem is because others around an addict will find it difficult to verbalize because they aren’t afforded the opportunity and when they are, things can become confrontational.
The importance of family counseling in rehab should never be underestimated. This is because addicts and their families have to find a way to communicate with each other better in order to provide solid support during recovery. CASA Recovery is a specialist team offering first-class drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Southern California. Family counseling is an integral part of our highly-effective drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs at our center in San Juan Capistrano, CA. For more information about family counseling in rehab, contact us in confidence today.
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