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Faith-Based Family Program for Addiction

Addiction is a family disease. One family member’s substance abuse can have a drastic impact on the rest of its members.

People who are addicted prioritize their substance abuse and can therefore act out in ways that hurt those closest to them. They may push their loved ones away, betray their trust, or fall into toxic relationship dynamics with them.  Although the addict needs to get sober, their family and friends need help as well.

Because of the many problems that addiction can cause for a person’s loved ones, we offer a faith-based family program for addiction to help both the addict and the loved one with recovery.

What are the advantages of family therapy in promoting family strengths?

Family therapy in the context of substance use disorder (SUD) recovery can significantly benefit the family unit by promoting family strengths. By engaging in family therapy, families can experience various advantages that contribute to their overall well-being and resilience. Some of these advantages include enhanced treatment retention rates, a deeper understanding of addiction and its impact on family dynamics, increased support for the individual in recovery, improved preparedness for treatment and recovery processes, heightened awareness of potential relapse indicators, and the facilitation of positive changes within the family, such as improved communication patterns and behaviors. Through family therapy, families can identify and build upon their inherent strengths, leading to greater cohesion, resilience, and sustained support for each other throughout the recovery journey. 

How can family therapy help in improving treatment retention?

Family therapy can play a crucial role in enhancing treatment retention for individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) by offering various advantages. In addition to enhancing treatment retention, family therapy can provide valuable support and encouragement to individuals struggling with SUDs. By involving families in the therapy process, it creates a strong support system that can help individuals stay motivated and committed to their treatment goals. Furthermore, family therapy can address underlying family issues that may contribute to or worsen substance use, ultimately leading to better treatment outcomes and improved retention rates. The involvement of family members can also help individuals feel more connected, understood, and supported, which can be instrumental in their recovery journey and in maintaining their engagement with treatment.

What are the different types of family therapy approaches used in addiction treatment programs?

In addiction treatment programs, various types of family therapy approaches are employed to address the impact of substance abuse on the family unit. Family therapy can manifest in different formats, such as entire family sessions with a therapist, meetings involving only specific family members, or individual sessions for each person. The duration and content of these therapy sessions vary based on the family's unique needs. Some common types of family therapy approaches used in addiction treatment programs include:

  • Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT)
  • Family Behavior Therapy (FBT)
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT)
  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
  • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
  • Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
  • Family Recovery Support Groups
  • Family Peer Recovery Support Services

These approaches are designed to address underlying family dynamics, improve communication, enhance problem-solving skills, and provide support to both the individual struggling with addiction and their family members. Each type of family therapy approach brings a unique perspective and set of interventions to assist families in navigating the challenges associated with addiction.

How can families help and stay connected in the journey of addiction recovery?

Families play a crucial role in supporting their loved ones through the journey of addiction recovery. One way families can help and stay connected during this process is by engaging in family therapy programs specifically designed to improve family relationships and provide support to the individual in recovery. These programs may incorporate various therapeutic approaches, support groups, family retreats, parenting classes, and activities such as play therapy for children. It is important to acknowledge that family involvement may not be suitable for everyone, as some members may feel emotionally drained, fearful of the unknown, or hesitant to share their challenges with an outsider. In such cases, enlisting the help of a family therapist to facilitate individual conversations with each family member can be beneficial. This approach allows those who are willing to participate in therapy to do so, while also giving others the opportunity to join when they feel comfortable and ready. By actively participating in therapy sessions and openly addressing concerns within a supportive environment, families can not only help their loved one in recovery but also strengthen their connections and relationships with one another throughout the process. 

Help for Families of Addicts

At Faith in Recovery, we understand that your loved one’s addiction has been hard on your entire family. To help all family members heal, we offer a faith-based program for the families of addicts that helps everyone move past substance abuse together.

Although your loved one may be in our faith-based partial hospitalization program getting sober, this doesn’t help the rest of your family who is trying to recover from the devastation that substance abuse has brought to them each individually. Whether their trust was betrayed, the addict pushed them away, or they are struggling to understand addiction, your family needs help.

Along with the many faith-based addiction therapies we provide for our patients during treatment, we also offer faith-based counseling for family members of drug addicts and alcoholics that help each member of the family move forward. The loved one in recovery as well as their closest friends and family will gather in a group with a trained professional so that everyone participating can learn, grow, heal, and prepare for the future. Each family member is able to confront their loved one in a constructive manner. This type group therapy for family members of addicts allows each person to feel heard and for the recovering addict to better understand how their substance abuse has hurt others.

Along with promoting open communication between family members, our faith-based family program for addiction also focuses on substance abuse education. It is natural for family members to struggle with understanding addiction and the recovery process. Substance abuse education can help the family better understand their loved one and help mend some of these damaged relationships. Life in recovery is usually uncharted territory for the addict as well. In order to give your loved one their greatest chance of success in sobriety, the family will also learn how to approach life in recovery with their loved one and the best way to provide support.

As a Christian rehab center in Florida, we strongly believe that faith can be a guiding light for many people, so we take our family addiction program one step further. A loved one’s substance abuse problem can cause some people to question their faith, but God may have the answers your family is looking for. If religion and faith are important to your family, our trained therapist leading this group will use these principles to aid your family in the healing process and help you look at this situation in another way. This faith-based approach to family therapy could not only strengthen each member’s faith but also connect your family spiritually.