Addiction is a disease of the mind, body and spirit that can greatly impact a person’s physical and mental health. An effective treatment program addresses each aspect of a person’s well-being by getting to the root of the problem. Someone who’s suffering from this immensely challenging condition is behaving in a dysfunctional manner through no fault of their own. In an attempt to help their struggling loved one, family members often fall into dysfunctional behavior as well, which is why family therapy for substance abuse problems is essential.
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No matter how conscientious or kind you were before you developed a substance use disorder, there will be a negative effect on your family. Addiction hijacks the reward and motivation centers in your brain, making your substance of choice your number one priority. Most people find themselves in a cycle of denial and lying to aid them in hiding or pursuing drug use. This can be confusing and harmful to the people who trust and love you.
What Happens During Family Therapy for Drug Addiction?
Family therapy sessions are an essential part of the recovery process because they allow members of the entire family system to learn about the condition from a professional. Loved ones are usually under immense pressure when someone they care about is struggling with drug abuse. Therapy lets them learn how to express their feelings in a way that’s constructive for everyone. It also provides them with the knowledge they need to help them navigate challenging decisions along the recovery journey.
Honesty and Substance Abuse Disorders
One of the subjects you’ll come across most frequently during family therapy is honesty. The role being honest plays during recovery cannot be overstated. Being honest with yourself, your family and your counselor is the only way to overcome addiction for good.
Addiction leads to dishonesty in various forms: denial, projection, minimization, intellectualization, hostility, diversion and rationalization. Someone with an active substance use disorder is likely to call upon these tactics to facilitate their addiction.