The Benefits of Family Involvement in Bay Area Treatment Planning
One of the main things you learn after entering treatment is how essential your support network is. Typically, your support system is a group of family and close friends that support your recovery and are there for you during times of struggle.
If you’re not sure how family involvement plays a part in your recovery journey, you’ve come to the right place. Not only are we going to share examples of family involvement with, but we’re also going to fill you in on what you stand to gain from family therapy sessions.
What Role Does Family Play in Treatment?
It’s important to realize that your family isn’t the same as other families; therefore, your family’s role in your recovery is different from others. However, we must ensure that you understand your family can make or break your will to remain sober.
There are several roles that families take on in recovery. After reading some of the examples below, you’ll start to get a better idea of where your family falls.
While your family might not like your addiction, it doesn’t mean they’re doing all they can to stop enabling your lifestyle. There are times when families will help a person that’s active in their addiction with things like:
- Providing a place to sleep
- Giving money for drugs or alcohol
- Bailing them out of dangerous situations
While a family member understands they aren’t helping you make a difference in your life, in their minds, it’s better than allowing you to face the consequences of your actions.
Codependency is when a family member and addict rely on each other. For the family member, they’ve become accustomed to the daily routine and lifestyle of the addict, and in a way, it’s the one thing that keeps their relationship together.
The addict will continue to use the family member, and they will become the sole person an addict turns to when they are in need.
Family History of Addiction
In some families, addiction is something that’s passed down. When you grow up seeing someone abuse drugs and alcohol, to a certain extent, this becomes normal to you and others in the family.
Because of this false sense of reality, it’s not uncommon for you or others in your family exposed to this type of behavior to adapt to living the same lifestyle as older family members.
How to Involve the Family
During the initial phases of treatment, one condition of your treatment is that you do not have contact with your family until you’re in a place where you both can move forward positively. This doesn’t mean there aren’t things going on behind the scenes that will get your family involved in your rehabilitation.
When it comes to family engagement, there are plans in the works that your treatment team will be used to ensure you’re returning to an atmosphere that supports your recovery.
Getting Everyone On Board
The first step in increasing family engagement is educating the family about your addiction. Although they’ve lived with you throughout a significant part of your addiction, it doesn’t mean they understand what’s going on.
Your healthcare team will detail for them the highs and lows of your addiction and explain the process starting from detox throughout your sobriety journey.
From there, families will learn about different programs offered in your treatment facility that is not only geared towards those in recovery but also their families.
Gather Your Team
After the initial education phase, it’s time to create a team of family members that agree to be there for you while you’re in recovery and after, without enabling any negative behaviors. Family members that are detrimental to the recovery process will be left out.
Then, your team members will take part in programs that teach them how their behavior has contributed to your addiction. As they continue to work through their own program, they will learn ways to deal with their issues and other issues caused by their addiction.
It’s not uncommon that a large part of family involvement at treatment centers revolves around family therapy sessions. In family therapy sessions, the family will work through issues that have lingered for years, sometimes before addiction came into the picture and other times because of the addiction.
While in therapy, both the person in recovery and the addict will get to speak on these issues in a constructive manner rather than an accusatory manner. The counselor will guide you through a process that insights healing and forgiveness.
In treatment, you learn that all things must be brought into the light before you can move on from them and heal. Keep in mind that your family members might not be ready to hear your apology for the things you’ve done during your initial therapy sessions.
But eventually, they’ll come around.
Family Involvement 101: One Key to Staying Sober
One key part of staying sober is your family’s role in your recovery journey, otherwise known as family involvement. Your family has to work on not enabling your behavior.
Or falling back on codependent relationships that have fueled your addiction this far.
Are you ready to take your life back and begin living a healthier life? If so, the next thing you need to do is contact Wellness Retreat Recovery Center.
We’re here for not only you but also your family.
Let us help you both turn over a new leaf and begin working together towards a brighter future.