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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Family Counseling Shouldn't Be Missed



Blaming the addict of the family and their addiction is easy. Once a loved one, whose addiction seems to be tearing the family apart, goes to treatment everything should get better. Everything should get better once the addicted family member goes to treatment because the addiction is the source of all the problems.

Sometimes this is true. A family can be otherwise healthy, functional, and balanced outside of the presence of an addiction from a loved one. More often than not, the family has some level of hidden or plainly obvious dysfunction that is difficult for everyone to cope with.

Addiction is, in many ways, a coping mechanism. The euphoric effects produced by drugs and alcohol are a welcome alternative to painful emotions which come from a painful reality. Even families who provide the necessities of survival might lack in the necessities for emotional development. When addiction enters the picture, the flaws in the family system are exposed. While some families maintain composure, others fall apart. It does not matter how you and your family handle addiction. What is critical is how you and your family choose to handle recovery.

Family counseling is offered in most treatment programs. During the family counseling process, everyone is invited to openly participate. Speaking honestly, learning to communicate, setting healthy boundaries, developing family bonding systems, and gaining a deeper understanding of addiction helps the family system heal. Though addiction may bring a family to bare threads, recovery knits the ties of family bonding more closely together than ever before.

Family Counseling will help you:


  • Learn about the disease of addiction and how the mind of your loved one works
  • Practice identifying and setting healthy boundaries
  • Communicate without blame, shame, guilt, or judgment
  • Air out resentments, past hurts, and fears
  • Connect through honesty, vulnerability, and authenticity
  • Learn to articulate and communicate effectively
  • Practice listening skills like mirroring and reflective listening
  • Plan for the future through relapse prevention, next steps, and job or college
  • Heal the family through powerful therapeutic sessions, experiential learning, and recovery

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