Finding Hope through Family Therapy

Chris Clancy

August 8, 2018

At JourneyPure Paducah, we feel strongly that family involvement throughout one’s addiction treatment is essential for long-term recovery.

Organizations like the National Institute on Drug Abuse and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend family therapy be incorporated into any substance abuse treatment program.

We incorporate family programming into our treatment programs to ensure that our patients and their loved ones have the support necessary to thrive during and after treatment.

Why is Family Therapy Important?

Let’s face it: addiction knows no boundaries. The negative effects of addiction produce a domino effect throughout the user’s family, personal relationships, circle of friends, and co-workers. Everyone feels the effects.

Substance abuse can bring about many emotions, from sadness to anger to resentment, both for the addict and for those around them. Knowing how to cope with personal feelings about a loved one’s addiction can benefit anybody.

Some of the benefits of incorporating family therapy into treatment include:

     Assisting the substance user to gain awareness of their needs and behaviors

     Improving the mental and physical state of the entire family unit

     Permitting family members to gain self-care interventions to improve their own well-being

     Improving communication styles and relationship quality

     Helping families understand and avoid enabling behaviors

     Addressing codependent behavior that may be preventing recovery

     Learning and understanding the systems in place that support and deter substance use

     Preventing the substance use from spreading throughout the family or down through future generations.

How Does Family Programming Work?

At JourneyPure Paducah, we dedicate time to families without the patient. This time is for listening and sharing feelings about the addiction, in confidence, without the affected family member present. Families are then reunited with their loved ones for group exercises that help foster communication skills and conflict resolution.

Although it’s often an emotional process during the exchange, it’s a positive step toward healing some painful wounds.