Family involvement is a critical part of the recovery process.
It is a key component of healing that cannot be overlooked, as addiction takes an emotional toll on everyone in the family unit. As part of our treatment services, we offer family support. These family-focused treatment services help the family unit heal while also breaking destructive cycles.
Addiction is a Family Disease.
We Offer Support for the Whole Family.
Substance use and addiction can damage family dynamics by weakening communication, breaking trust and creating painful emotions. Some drug users assume that their use is only hurting themselves and no one else, but this is not the case. Family members often feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to their loved one’s addiction.
Fortunately, family members do not have to feel this way. By participating in family therapy, they can learn how to help their loved one achieve and maintain sobriety. They can identify their role in the recovery process and work toward building a positive, supportive and loving home where their loved one can thrive.
Another important part of family intervention is breaking destructive cycles.
It’s not just genes that are passed down to children – generational patterns can also be passed down. Generational cycles are negative patterns or traits that are inherited from your family’s history. Breaking cycles takes work, but it’s worth the effort. You can improve your family’s lives, as well as the lives of future generations.
Some examples of generational patterns are:
Enmeshed relationships are those without boundaries. Family members lose their sense of self and end up being responsible for others’ emotions and drama.
Parentification is when parents rely on their children to meet their emotional needs. Children end up being put in roles they’re not mature enough to handle.
Projection is when parents place their fears, insecurities and unlived lives on their children. This causes children to feel trapped by their parent’s expectations.
Parents who engage in emotional offloading tend to blame their children or get defensive. In other words, they ‘dump’ their emotions on their children.
Family Education is Key to Long Lasting Recovery
Huntington Beach Recovery Center makes it easy for families to participate in their loved one’s recovery. We create many opportunities for family members to be involved, as we know this is key to healing. People in recovery must know that they are loved and cared for, and that they are worth a better life.
With customized treatment plans, we can tackle a wide range of issues that are impacting your family. But in general, here are some of the more common topics that we discuss:
- Information about addiction as a disease
- How addiction affects the family unit
- What the addiction recovery process looks like
- Where to find support for the family
- How to support your loved one
- Ways to rebuild trust in relationships
- Importance of setting healthy boundaries
- Positive communication styles