As the family member of someone who struggles with addiction, you are likely a driving force behind your loved one’s decision to get help. We honor you as an individual who will be deeply impacted by your family member’s treatment experience. Therefore, we include you in the process and provide meaningful opportunities for your own personal growth and healing. Our approach to working with family and friends is layered and comprehensive. We understand that your schedules and geographic locations may pose some limitations in terms of how you are able to participate, so we make several options available.
Issues like addiction, intimacy disorders, eating disorders and mental illness can tear families apart. If one member is struggling with addiction or behavioral health problems, the entire family is struggling in some way. Research shows addiction and mental health treatment is more effective when family members are actively engaged in the recovery process. The Oak Forest mental health treatment programs involve family members so that everyone can recover together.
What is Family Therapy?
Overall, family counseling is a type of talk therapy that helps relatives resolve conflicts. Additionally, families learn skills for strengthening their relationships and getting through hard times. Each person has the opportunity for further emotional support as well. Licensed therapists provide this service to our families. As a part of treatment, therapy might include every family member or only those willing to participate.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends that families are involved in treatment. Studies suggest that addiction treatment is more effective when it includes family therapy. Family support plays an important role in the success of people recovering from addiction and mental health issues. Family participation can:
- Increase the chances people stay in treatment
- Improve social and family relationships
- Help prevent relapse
Family-based approaches address the client’s primary substance abuse or mental health disorder during the recovery process. Treatment programs focus on improving family communication and addressing conflicts. They also educate loved ones on co-occurring disorders or substance use disorders. There’s extensive research on the role of family programs in addiction treatment. While much of this research is specific to adolescents, similar principles apply to all ages and types of behavioral health problems. Drug and alcohol abuse and other behavioral health issues put the entire family under immense stress. The Oak Forest Recovery family programs are both educational and therapeutic. Activities and topics help families learn more about addiction and mental illness, while connecting them with people experiencing similar struggles. Knowing other families are struggling with the same issues can be empowering.
Don’t let mental health, trauma, substance abuse, or any other issue destroy your family. Seek help to rebuild your relationships. Reach out to Oak Forest Recovery, Agoura Hills, California today at (805) 390-6647 or submit the form below to begin your journey.