Goals of the Silver Pines Family Program
- Move out of denial to awareness.
- Regain lost inner calm and achieve peace.
- Let go of results and outcomes.
- Effectively communicate with their loved one without judgment and anger.
- Set and stick to boundaries and use leverage effectively.
- Be aware of the stages of change and triggers for relapse.
- Get support.
- Heal relationships.
Benefits of Strategic Family Therapy in the Recovery Process
We know that addiction is a family disease, and everyone is impacted. Family recovery means loved ones and the individual in treatment are doing something to manage the impact of this disease. Family recovery can be difficult and is certainly a commitment, but we promise to be there with you each step of the way. Nobody needs to make this journey alone. Not only do we offer weekend in-person family counseling for addiction, but we also offer a family support group via Zoom.
There are no guarantees that a loved one will get and stay sober, but research supports the value of involving the entire family system throughout the treatment and recovery process. The best chance of success is a team-based approach, like strategic family therapy, since recovery happens in community. Provided below are some findings regarding when the entire family system gets involved in the recovery of their loved ones.
- People remain in treatment longer when there’s family involvement, and those who stay in treatment longer typically have better outcomes and the best chance at recovery
- Individuals who have social support while in treatment have better outcomes than those who are isolated, even if their family is not directly involved in treatment. The benefits include lower relapse rates and higher rates of abstinence
- Relationships are one of the spheres most harmed by substance use disorder and addiction, so it makes sense to involve all of those who have been affected
- Loved ones have a better chance of getting into recovery.
- When there’s family involvement in treatment, each family member’s mental health typically improves, including reduced stress and anxiety.
- Involving family members in treatment also improves overall family functioning, family interactions, cohesion, communication, and intimacy
- When couples receive therapy for substance abuse, there are improvements in other family relationships, like relationships with their children, even when they aren’t directly a part of treatment.
What Are the Techniques Used in Family Therapy?
Years ago, addiction was classified as a moral failing or even a choice. There is widespread agreement among medical professionals today that addiction is a disease, and those who have been diagnosed with addiction require medical care.
So, what is family therapy and how is it used in addiction treatment? Family therapy for substance use disorder and addiction involves teaching all family members about addiction and how they can participate in helping their loved one in recovery. Through family therapy, family members learn that addiction isn’t something that their loved one can simply avoid. Recovery isn’t just a choice. It involves a course of treatment and therapy, including family therapy for substance abuse. Once family members know this, they are more likely to show patience and compassion for their loved ones who are struggling with addiction. And they are more likely to participate in strategic family therapy.
Another critical element of family therapy for addiction treatment is education on the genetic aspect of addiction. Significant evidence shows that addiction runs in families and that certain people are genetically predisposed to the disease. Learning about this can go a long way in ensuring that family members adequately educate their children about the risks. This can make a big difference and even stop a future addiction before it develops.
Uniting Family Members with Their Loved One In Recovery
At Silver Pines, we aim to unite each family member with their loved one to fight substance use disorder and addiction and to improve family relationships and interactions. We support family therapy and a compassionate and understanding treatment style instead of combative and comfrontational. 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 for addiction treatment, and most importantly, taking care of themselves throughout their recovery program.
Virtual Family Support Group
At Silver Pines, we aim to unite each family member with their loved one to fight substance use disorder.