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The Importance of Family in Addiction Treatment

Patient Center
10.23.2020

Substance use disorder (SUD) affects the entire family. When someone is battling SUD, they may feel alone in their struggle but they aren’t. SUD has a ripple effect that touches every life around it. And when a family can come together with the education and tools they need to support their loved one, recovery is possible. At Wellbridge, we understand the importance of family in addiction treatment and offer an integrated family program to help heal and empower everyone affected.

The Importance of Family in Addiction Treatment

The support of families and loved ones can make a world of difference when it comes to lasting SUD recovery. Family provides support by providing somewhere to turn when triggers or emotions feel overwhelming. They can be a source of comfort. And they can provide a driving “why” when they are questioning if sobriety is worth the work.

Understanding the Family Dynamic

We also understand that providing that support can be difficult when emotional pain has occurred due to SUD. Family dynamics around addiction can become complicated and healing must happen for valuable support to take place. That’s why we’ve integrated the family program into our treatment approach – with a focus on healing family dynamics and educating family members on how to best support a lasting recovery.

Our treatment program is individualized to each family’s specific situation in order to assist in supporting lasting change. With weekly individual, evidence-based family therapy sessions (conducted via telehealth or in-person with COVID precautions in place), family members are empowered to get involved, and stay involved, in the recovery process.

Wellbridge’s Family Program: What to Expect

Some of the topics that families can expect to tackle in these weekly family therapy sessions are:

  • Learning concrete skills as a family to help support each other in your loved one’s recovery
  • Thinking about alcohol and drugs differently
  • How other issues such as mood, emotions, stress, and mental health relate to SUD
  • Helping one another change habits
  • Handling troubling situations and challenges together
  • Working together to identify and monitor relapse warning signs
  • Learning how to communicate more effectively in general, and in regards to SUD specifically
  • Having a better understanding of past events as a family to plan for the future

We know that dealing with SUD can be difficult for everyone involved – we’re here to help. To learn more about our inpatient treatment program and how family can get involved in the recovery process, contact us today.