What Is Family of Choice Therapy?
Substance abuse not only affects the person seeking treatment it affects their family and friends too. Worries and resentment can build up over time, eroding the trust and respect that keep relationships strong. We don’t limit treatment to the person in treatment only. We help our clients to return from treatment to a supportive family system. This is not always a person’s biological family. Our clients tell us who they consider their family support system and we include them in our Family of Choice Therapy.
What Are the Benefits of Family Therapy?
As a companion to a fully-integrated residential detox and inpatient treatment program, CARUS Recovery offers an innovative approach to family therapy. This healing therapy program invites everyone who plays an important role in your life to take part in your recovery journey. Through discussions, psycho-educational programs, and professional counselling sessions, we help you reconnect with the ones you love the most.
Together, participants learn about the ways that substance use disorders can damage relationships. They talk honestly about the ways that negative behaviors have impacted their lives. Above all, they work to rebuild broken connections and support one another through a challenging time. Our family and significant other therapy program helps every participant reflect on their unique role in the recovery process.
Here are more of the specific benefits of family and significant other therapy:
- Helping families to avoid enabling or codependent behaviors that prevent recovery
- Encouraging respectful, honest communication between all parties
- Replacing the unhealthy relationship patterns that can sometimes support substance abuse with new, healthier patterns
- Learning to share about feelings such as anger, guilt, or fear in a safe environment
Some families also receive restorative self-care interventions, encouraging each member to improve their own mental and emotional wellness. In cases where deep relational wounds have occurred, we offer further counseling to help loved ones cope with the trauma caused by substance use disorder.
Who Can Participate In Family of Choice Therapy?
Rather than focusing on just one person, family therapy treats every relationship as a unit. This approach creates a secure atmosphere and encourages participants to focus on the emotional wellbeing of everyone involved.
At CARUS Recovery, sessions are designed to provide a welcoming environment for all participants. Our caring, licensed counselors offer guidance to anyone, no matter their age or relationship to the patient. Parents, significant others, siblings, and children 18 or older are all welcome to take part in this powerful therapeutic approach.
The Importance of Support
Substance use disorders can be isolating, tearing apart your most valuable relationships and placing barriers between you and those you love. Healing those connections is one of the most integral steps to getting your life back on track.
Research has shown that support from families, friends, and partners is a crucial part of recovery. People who receive this support make faster recoveries and are less likely to experience a relapse. That’s why CARUS Recovery takes proactive steps to involve all the people who matter most to you.
Learn About Family and Significant Other Therapy
If you want to hear more about how family and significant other therapy can bring hope and healing to your relationships, contact us or call 888-616-9065 to speak confidentially with a licensed counsellor.