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Friday, June 30, 2017

How to Get the Most Out of Family Therapy

Addiction is a disease that impacts the entire family – and the pain and confusion doesn’t just dissipate once a loved one enters rehab. Family therapy can help heal and strengthen the entire family bond and diminish the negative impact of substance abuse for all members. In fact, patients who include family therapy as part of their overall addiction treatment have been show to have better engagement and higher rates of sobriety. Some other benefits: 
  • Learning healthy boundaries and enabling behaviors 
  • Understanding of family patterns and dynamic
  • Improving mental and physical state of family unit 
  • Increasing communication and awareness of one another’s needs
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Gaining greater empathy toward one another
  • Improving anger management 
  • Preventing substance abuse from spread throughout the family
Giving Family Therapy Your All
For family therapy to work best, it requires more than just showing up. You must do the work both during and after your scheduled sessions. For example, you may be given assignments as part of therapy, such as communicating with each other in a different manner. Here are a few tips to make the most out of your family therapy: 
  • Be an active listener. This means that you’ll need to make an effort to listen carefully, ask appropriate questions and be open and honest with your therapist. 
  • Reflect on your sessions. After each session, take a few minutes to write down your thoughts and feelings. This can help you better process what you learned and better prepare for the next session. 
  • Practice self-care. Family therapy takes time and energy and it's best to approach each session with a healthy mindset. To this end, it’s important to fuel your body with the right food and manage stress so you have a clear head.
Help for Families at Red Oak
We know that addiction affects the entire family. As part of our family program, we take into account the role of parenting and family relationships in addiction recovery and create the opportunity for families to find their way back to each other. To learn more, call: 866-831-9107.

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