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Importance of Family Healing and Counseling in Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

If you have a loved one who requires drug and alcohol rehab in a medical facility, it is very important that you are a part of their addiction treatment. You can support your loved one by visiting them at the facility or taking them to and from their treatment every day, but it is also extremely beneficial for both you and your loved one participate in family healing and counseling.

According to a study from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “It is important to understand the complex role that families can play in substance abuse treatment.” This treatment will not only help your loved one in addiction treatment but it can also be very helpful to you.

Family Counseling Benefits for the Addict

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Family counseling can be extremely beneficial during recovery.

Addicted individuals can learn many things from family healing services with a professional counselor. In many cases, the behavior of the addict will have caused problems between them and their loved ones to the point where trust is broken and serious wounds develop. With the help of the counselor facilitating these meetings, the addict will be able to listen to the words of their family members and understand their needs during treatment, allowing them to work on their relationships with their loved ones as well as their personal recovery goals.

In addition, another goal of this treatment type “is to help everyone [who attends the session] give the right kind of support to the family member in behavioral health treatment, so that recovery sticks and relapse is avoided” (SAMHSA). Support from family members is often key to keeping patients in treatment and helping them succeed, which is why loved ones are encouraged to attend counseling with the addict. In general, family behavioral therapy is very effective and beneficial for adults, but it is also especially helpful to adolescent addicts who need the support of their parents and other loved ones during this trying time.

Family Counseling Benefits for the Family

For the loved ones of an addict, family counseling can create a number of benefits as well. Not only does the addict often come to understand their family member’s needs more significantly through this type of counseling, but supporters can also feel that they have a proper outlet for their own frustrations. This can be very important in helping them learn to cope with their feelings in a healthier way and even allow them to learn how to better support their loved one.

As the National Institute on Drug Abuse states, family therapy helps set behavioral goals not only for the addict but for their family members as well. This helps the loved ones of an addict avoid codependent actions, enabling, and other behaviors that can be harmful everyone involved. Instead, significant others, friends, parents, children, and siblings of addicts can learn the proper ways to facilitate healing in both their loved one and themselves.

Do You Want to Attend Family Therapy with Your Loved One?

If you have an addict in your family and want to help them find a treatment center where they can receive addiction help and where you can also attend counseling together, call 800-481-6320 today.

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