Addiction is a family disease. The disease of addiction and its implications for mental and physical health mean that this illness affects more than just the individual sufferer. For every person afflicted with addiction or substance use disorder, many other people may be negatively affected. Effectively treating addiction often entails involving appropriate family members and understanding family dynamics.
Family members affected by their loved one’s addiction should be educated about the disease of addiction and be made aware of treatment and support services that can help them process and manage life with a person currently misusing substances. Living with the disease of addiction can be a traumatic and negative experience. The side effects of an addiction-based lifestyle often have negative medical, legal, or financial implications for individuals and families. Futures works to help align families with the resources they need to navigate these specialized challenges effectively.
Family members can also play a vital role in their loved one’s ongoing recovery process. Through counseling, coaching, and education, family members can learn how to improve communication, avoid enabling behaviors, maintain healthy boundaries, identify signs of risk and relapse, and know where to turn for help when and if their loved one is struggling. Positive and healthy family relationships develop when people in recovery and their loved ones share a common understanding of the disease of addiction, develop appropriate expectations and rules, and know how to support one another.
Futures strives to strike a collaborative chord with family members from the very first contact. We understand deeply the importance of each moment leading up to the decision to enter any treatment program and are here to support those involved to arrive at the best choice for the individual. As a natural extension of this spirit of collaboration, we invite families who have a loved one at Futures to join us for a two-day Family Intensive. Family members are welcomed to Futures and participate in family specific psycho-educational groups, process groups, and therapy sessions with members of the clinical team, including their loved one’s primary therapist. These sessions provide a foundation for family support, further reinforce the connections between Futures and families, and foster the positive healing that accompanies the therapeutic transition from addiction to recovery.