Addiction is a family issue and each and every member of the family should be involved in the recovery process. For those who are battling addiction, couples’ therapy and family therapy are able to assist the patient in becoming aware of the dysfunction in the family system. Reasons for marital discord and conflict are identified and a treatment plan is developed to reestablish communication and trust issues, while learning new techniques and skills for the entire family to succeed in recovery.
The goal is to reduce family conflict and repair the relationship with the husband or wife as well as the children, breaking the cycle of addiction. Family sessions will help rebuild and reconnect the family by working through unresolved issues that the family has been experiencing for years.
Involving the entire family promotes sharing, open feedback and a creative search for solutions as the family learns about the illness with which the loved one is suffering. It allows the expressions of feelings that need to be dealt with in a safe environment that is not threatening.
Chances for a recovery from the addiction is increased with the combination of medical supervision, while professionals administer medications, education and family involvement. The involvement of the patient’s family is a key element in the successful treatment and relapse prevention goal.
The family must be involved in learning cognitive and behavioral skills, which will demonstrate improvement in the family’s communication skills. At the same time, education about the pros and cons of the suboxone medication enable involvement and rebuilding of trust with all members of the family system. During family therapy, the therapist will give detailed homework assignments, with clear instructions for each family member.
The goals are established separately for each member at the beginning of treatment so all parties are clear on issues needed to be resolved for complete family healing and total family recovery. The family system can then move forward.
Addiction narrows our minds and disassembles our will.