Addiction affects everyone in a person’s life. Family therapy can be a challenging and healing approach to addiction recovery. It can deepen understanding between loved ones, shift perspectives, improve communications, and change family dynamics to help the whole family recover.
If your family is affected by addiction, call Northpoint Recovery to start family therapy today. At Northpoint Recovery, we know the importance of family in addiction recovery. Call us at 208.486.0130 to learn more about our family therapy programs as well as our other addiction and mental health therapies.
What Is Family Therapy for Addiction Recovery?
As the name implies, family therapy is group therapy you undertake with your family, loved ones, or chosen family. Family therapy isn’t just a group version of individual therapy. Instead, family therapy places unique demands on both the participants and the therapist. The therapist balances the needs and emotions of many family members, and the goal of therapy is to help the family as a system, not individuals. It’s best to start family therapy only if you’re already in individual therapy or have already made significant progress toward your recovery.
What Happens in Family Therapy?
Family therapy isn’t a single type of therapy or approach. Just as there are many types of individual therapy (cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, etc.), there are many approaches to family therapy. Some family therapists draw on principles gleaned from approaches to individual therapy. For instance, a family therapist specializing in CBT might encourage each family member to closely examine how their emotions affect her behaviors and how these behaviors affect the family system. Many family therapists will use cognitive-behavioral therapy to help families understand and change family dynamics for better communication.
Family systems therapy treats the family as an institution or system where each member plays a specific role. Defining and clarifying these roles can help improve family relationships. Addressing inappropriate roles may improve outcomes. Family systems therapy can encourage a deeper understanding of family roles and shift behavior and judgment around addiction and mental health disorders.
Is Family Therapy Right For Me?
Family therapy can be deeply healing for most individuals and families. However, it’s not right in every addiction recovery treatment. Here are some reasons family therapy may not be right for you:
- You have just started your recovery journey, and your family is unsupportive.
- One or more members of your family have a history of being abusive.
- You want to use family therapy to air grievances rather than heal.
- You’re not comfortable being honest with your family.
- Your family does not want to participate; family therapy only works when each participant is happily and willingly there.
While family therapy may not be right for everyone, it can help most people at the right time in their recovery. If your family isn’t ready now, it doesn’t mean they won’t be ready later in recovery.
Start Family Therapy and Addiction Recovery in Idaho Today
Northpoint Recovery is here to help your family manage addiction and mental health disorders.
Our team treats dual diagnosis for addiction recovery in individual, group, and family therapy.
With several clinics and treatment options across Idaho, Northpoint Recovery can help you and your loved ones with the level of care and support you need. Our inpatient addiction recovery programs make family therapy and addiction treatment accessible across the state.
Call Northpoint Recovery To Learn More About Family Therapy for Addiction Recovery and Co-Occurring Disorders
Help your family grow and heal with family therapy at Northpoint Recovery today. Call us now at 208.486.0130 to find the right family therapist for you and your loved ones.