What Is a Family Therapy Program?
Facilitated by a psychologist, clinical social worker, or licensed therapist, family therapy is often a short-term approach to healing and repairing the lines of communication within the family dynamic. It may include all members of your family or only those willing and able to participate in the family counseling sessions.
Because addiction treatment is most successful when the person in recovery has a support system, family therapy is often an essential part of addiction treatment.
The therapist facilitating family therapy sessions will help all family members communicate more effectively with each other. This may include teaching conflict resolution skills, identifying and changing negative communication patterns, and increasing empathy and understanding between family members.
Family therapy aims to help the family function more effectively and support the person in addiction recovery in making healthy lifestyle choices.
What Can Family Therapy Services Do For Us?
Family therapy sessions have the potential to teach many skills and help to improve a variety of issues, including:
- Strengthening connections
- Getting through stressful events
- Improve relationships with your partner or children
- Work through issues marital issues
- Encouraging understanding
- Reducing grief and anger
- Helping with financial problems
- Managing and resolving conflicts between parents and children
- Addressing the impact of substance abuse
- Coping with mental illness
Addiction and Family Counseling
One of the most valuable things is getting support from people in a similar situation and learning what works for them. A family therapy program can help everyone live as fully as possible in the relationship without enabling someone who struggles with addiction or alcoholism.
You may pursue family therapy in addition to other forms of treatment, especially if one or more family members have a mental illness, addiction, or polysubstance abuse. In addiction cases, family members can attend family counseling while the individual who is battling a substance use disorder participates in detox, rehab, and other addiction treatment programs, including:
- Daytime outpatient rehab
- Evening outpatient rehab
- Addiction partial hospitalization
What To Expect During Family Counseling
Usually, several family members will be together in the same room for family therapy sessions. Individuals in family therapy may also see an individual therapist.
Family counseling sessions typically last one hour or less and tend to run for roughly a dozen sessions. Of course, the exact number of sessions needed to accomplish the goals you and your family have for the therapy may differ based on the therapist’s professional recommendation.
During family therapy, you can expect to be asked to:
- Examine your family members’ ability to solve problems
- Discuss how you can better express emotions, ideas, and thoughts with each other in a healthy and productive manner
- Explore the roles, rules, and behavior patterns that exist within your family dynamic to pinpoint the issue(s) that are contributing to the conflict(s) your family is suffering from and find constructive methods of working through the issues
- Identify the strengths inherent within each family member and ways to utilize those strengths effectively.
- Understand the struggles of your family member(s) as they work through matters of mental health and substance abuse
- Develop empathy
- Find common ground allowing you to relate to each other
- Set goals and work to achieve them