Addiction can have a big effect on your familial relationships, just like your family relationships can have a big effect on your recovery. One of the best ways to restore relationships that may have been damaged due to addiction, as well as build a better support system within your family, is by having you and your loved ones participate in family therapy.
While this treatment can be very beneficial for everyone involved, there are still some misconceptions that can deter loved ones from participating. We’re here to debunk a few of the myths surrounding family therapy.
What You Should Know About Family Therapy
What is the Purpose of Family Therapy?
The main focus of this form of therapy is to help loved ones make interpersonal and environmental changes that support both the person with the addiction and the family as a whole. This can include traditional family members, extended family, and elected family.
Common Myths about Family Therapy
It’s Only for Dysfunctional Families
Your family doesn’t need to be falling apart at the seams to benefit from family therapy. Even if everyone seems to function normally, if you have dealt with a loved one’s addiction, family therapy can help heal the group.
There’s Nothing to Talk About
You may think that you have nothing to say to your loved one who has struggled with addiction, but family therapy can help you make the decision to talk things through with your loved one as well as decide what you want to say if you can’t think of anything off the bat.
You Already Know How to Handle Things
Although you may think that you need to take certain steps in order to help your loved one, there is always more to learn. Family therapy can help you understand potential triggers, when to call for emergency help, and how to provide healthy support and motivation to your loved one in recovery.
Family Therapy in Pennsylvania
Silvermist Recovery Center encourages family involvement and pursues continued communication with our clients’ loved ones as they receive help in our young adult rehab program. Contact us today to speak to one of our addiction counselors today.