Family Program for Mental Health Disorders and Addiction Recovery
Goals of the Step to Recovery Family Program
- Change your state of denial into one of awareness.
- Get back in touch with your inner calm and achieve peace.
- Let go of outcomes and results.
- Communicate effectively with their loved one without being judgmental or angry.
- Make sure boundaries are set and adhered to, and use leverage wisely.
- Understand the stages of change and the triggers that lead to relapse.
- Get support.
- Heal relationships.
Benefits of Strategic Family Therapy in the Recovery Process
Mental health disorders and addiction affect the entire family. In family recovery, loved ones and the individual in treatment work together to manage these disorders’ effects. The process of family recovery can be challenging, but we promise to be there to support you every step of the way. Nobody needs to make this journey alone. Not only do we offer weekend in-person family counseling, but we also offer a family support group via Zoom.
There are no guarantees that a loved one will get better or stay on the right path, but research supports the value of involving the entire family system throughout the treatment and recovery process. Team-based approaches like strategic family therapy have the greatest chance of success since recovery happens within communities. The following are some findings regarding the involvement of the entire family system in a loved one’s recovery:
- When there is family involvement in treatment, people tend to stay in treatment longer, and those who stay in treatment longer generally have better outcomes.
- People who have social support during treatment have better outcomes than those who are isolated, even if they are not directly involved in treatment.
- Mental health disorders and addiction harm relationships, which makes it important to involve everyone who has been affected.
- The chances of loved ones recovering are better.
- As a result of family involvement in treatment, everyone’s mental health typically improves, including stress and anxiety levels.
- As well as improving family functioning, interactions, cohesion, communication, and intimacy, family members can also become more involved in treatment.
- Couples’ relationships with their children improve when they receive therapy, even if they aren’t directly treated.
What Are the Techniques Used in Family Therapy?
Years ago, addiction and mental illness were classified as moral failing. There is widespread agreement among medical professionals today that addiction is a disease, mental illness is a disorder, and that those diagnosed require medical care or therapy.
So, what is family therapy, and how is it used in treatment? Family therapy for substance use and mental health disorders involves teaching all family members about the condition (s) and how they can participate in helping their loved one in recovery. Family therapy teaches family members that this is not something their loved one can simply avoid. Recovery isn’t just a choice. It involves a course of treatment and therapy, including family therapy. Once family members know this, they are more likely to show patience and compassion for their loved ones who are struggling. And they are more likely to participate in strategic family therapy.
Another critical element of family therapy for addiction and mental health disorders is education on the genetic aspect. Evidence shows that these disorders can run in families and that certain people are genetically predisposed. Learning about this can go a long way in ensuring that family members adequately educate their children about the risks. This can make a substantial difference and even stop future addictions or challenges before they develop.
Uniting Family Members with Their Loved One In Recovery
At Step to Recovery, we aim to unite each family member with their loved one to help those struggling to fight their addiction or mental illness and improve family relationships and interactions. We support family therapy and a treatment style that is compassionate and understanding as opposed to combative and confrontational. We teach each family they can be their loved one’s best chance at recovery by advocating for their treatment, supporting their loved one’s treatment plan, fully participating in all family therapy treatment, and most importantly, taking care of themselves throughout their own recovery program.