What Family Therapy Is
Family therapy at Victory Recovery Partners (VRP) entails helping patients a together with their family members, better understand behavioral patterns, facilitate communication, and promote healing. Here, spouses, partners, parents, or children join the counseling sessions. Significant others may sometimes be invited either to private family therapy sessions or to open sessions that include a group of other recovering patients.
Research has found that behavioral health services which include family therapy tend to work better than treatment that does not, and – when combined with individual treatment – can reduce rates of relapse, improve medication adherence, reduce psychiatric symptoms, and relieve stress.
The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence considers addiction a family disease. Substance use disorder affects the entire family and all the individuals who comprise it. Additionally, it should be noted that family members often enable – sometimes unwittingly – patients’ substance use disorder. Involving them in treatment is therefore fundamental to achieving effective and lasting recovery.
How Family Therapy Works
Family therapy typically involves a VRP behavioral health expert meeting with the patient and at least one other member of the family (a spouse, parent, significant other, sibling, or any other individual who has a close relationship with the patient).
During these sessions, VRP behavioral health clinicians help family members acquire new skills to promote the patient’s recovery and create healthier interactions at home. VRP’s clinicians teach members of the family how to communicate more effectively and behave in ways that support the patient’s recovery instead of hindering it. Family members also work with VRP and the patient to set goals related the roles they play in assisting the patient’s recovery.
Benefits of Family Therapy
- Addressing family or home life issues that may contribute to substance use disorder
- Gaining a deeper understanding of the disease of addiction and teaching family members how to support healing recovery
- Creating stronger relationships with others
- Building a stronger sense of self-worth
- Increasing patients’ motivation to achieve long-term, lasting recovery
- Improving patients’ coping skills in high-risk situations
- Learning healthy ways to manage stress