What to Expect

Family Therapy

When a loved one suffers from heroin, opioid, or alcohol addiction – family members do, too.

Dr. Deni Carise: Recovery Centers of America - Family Program

Patients participate on a weekly basis in these family services:

  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Family education sessions
  • Family orientation group
  • Family community Seminars/Support Group
  • Family Community Meetings (Al-Anon, ACOA)
  • Development of treatment plan and plan updates
  • Intensive case management
  • Continuing family or couples counseling

We treat the whole family to make the family whole again.
Addiction to drugs or alcohol affects more than the person who uses. With a family member addicted to drugs, the rest of the family usually suffers from anger, hopelessness, uncertainty, shame, confusion, fear, and feelings of helplessness.

According to The Evidence Base of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, “Relationship problems are usually best treated by meeting with those in the relationships. Often that means working with all the members of the family or the household together.” (The Evidence Base of Family Therapy and Systemic Practice by Peter Stratton, Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy, University of Leeds, UK. [2017])

Alcohol and drug abuse family support.
Evidence-based research shows that addiction treatment must include the entire family so they can be treated as a unit. To that end, when you enter treatment at Recovery Centers of America (RCA), your family will be involved from the very start. Our team will explain to family members what your treatment will involve, and help them to better understand the disease of addiction.

We offer many opportunities for patients and family members to participate in family services on a weekly basis:

  • Family and couples therapy
  • Family education sessions
  • Family orientation group
  • Family treatment plan development and updates
  • Family community seminars, support groups, and meetings
  • Continuing care and couples counseling

Everyone in the family will learn about key topics like boundaries, family dynamics, and addiction treatment aftercare. Empowering family members with information and facts enables them to stand by their loved ones, and helps them to put the family back together.

Our primary goals in family therapy are to:

  1. Help the family support their loved one in treatment in a way that offers the best chance at long-term recovery.
  2. Strengthen the whole family’s emotional health so everyone can thrive.
  3. Transform stress to strength, guilt to forgiveness, and anger to peace.*

To get information about family therapy at RCA, call 1-800-RECOVERY today.

* As reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) by the Knowledge Application Program, 2017.

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