Family Therapy (FT) is a talk therapy that teaches your family how they can support your recovery and help you avoid relapse. In simple terms, FT helps your loved ones learn coping, communication, and conflict resolution skills that create a supportive home environment for your sobriety.
Definition of Family Therapy:
FT is a talk therapy that helps your loved ones find and deal with family patterns or behaviors that could cause you to relapse. Family therapists will often have sessions with you and your significant other, just you, and you with your family. By looking at all your relationships, therapists strengthen your family’s support system.
Family Therapy Benefits:
- Builds a Supportive Home: Your family or loved ones will have the tools they need to help you stay sober.
- Includes loved ones in your recovery: Builds a support network for you at home.
- Improved communication skills: You and your loved ones will be able to process and recover from past family problems and traumas.
- Problem Solving: Gives your family unit tools to help resolve future conflicts or stresses.
- Addiction Education: Helps your loved ones understand why addiction is a disease that you didn’t choose, how it works, and how to help you stay sober.
How Does It Help Recovery?
Family Therapy is a way to create a supportive home for you to return to after rehab. This includes teaching your family about the disease model of addiction and what they should expect during your recovery. It may also involve communication and problem-solving skills. Together these help your family understand what it means to struggle with addiction, ways to talk about past family issues, and how to deal with future stresses.
Goals for Family Therapy:
There are 5 goals of Family Therapy that increase your loved one’s ability to help you and each other. FT believes that negative interactions drive addiction. As a result, FT reduces negative interactions by teaching your loved ones how to communicate and problem solve.
Group Awareness: Your loved ones learn how their actions affect other family members. This helps to change behaviors in the future.
Open Lines of Communication: Every family has problems. FT helps every member to talk about those problems in healthy productive ways that lead to solutions.
Conflict Resolution: FT helps your loved ones learn how to resolve conflicts instead of sweeping them under the rug.
Family Cohesion: The ability of you and your loved ones to think and act as a united whole instead of disagreeing parts. Fewer things are capable of creating disagreements.
More Family Support: As you and your family recover from the social damage of addiction, you become more able to trust and support each other in the future.
Family Therapy Techniques: How Does It Work?
Family therapy aims to build the supportive ability of your loved ones. It does this by healing the social damage that addiction caused and removing any dynamics that could lead to relapse.
Assess: You and your family attend a session with a therapist or team of therapists. In the first sessions, the goal is to learn what the family believes to be the problem.
Explain Treatment: Once your therapist understands every family member’s view of the problem, he/she will explain what to expect from therapy.
History Taking: The therapist needs to understand the family dynamics in the past so that he/she can better help them with current problems. Therapists ask how the family coped with past problems.
Gain Insight: Shows family members how certain actions have led to different emotional reactions (unconscious or conscious) from other members. The goal of this is to trigger insights that affect future behavior.
Change Behaviors: Replaces harmful parenting or communication styles with healthy ones. Usually, this involves modeling by the therapist or other members. Or there could be role-playing during sessions followed by reflection, or signing behavior contracts.
Create Empathy: An exercise in walking a mile in someone’s shoes. It creates empathy and adjustments by altering the family structure. This can include role reversal, boundary-making, or role-playing.
Don’t Wait to Reach Out:
Tree House Recovery is a men’s rehab that treats the physical, mental, and social factors of addiction. Family Therapy is a crucial part of our social approach that will help your family learn the best way to help you stay sober and healthy. To learn more, call 855-202-2138. Learn who answers, or click here to learn about us on Youtube.