FAMILY GROUPS

Research indicates that family participation and engagement in treatment is often critical in order to optimize and maintain long term recovery. At The Recovery Spot, we understand that dynamics within families are unique. We work with families to design tailored programs in order to establish a comprehensive, sustainable family environment that has the best chance of supporting the client’s recovery process.

We involve family members throughout the treatment process. We provide programming, educational opportunities and resources for families to participate in their loved one’s treatment. We also offer services specifically designed to meet family members’ needs as they work toward personal recovery.

We work hard to ensure that families understand the nature and consequences of both addiction, mental health issues, and any other underlying disorders. We do this by:

● Educating the family regarding expectations during various stages of a loved one’s recovery

● Teaching you how to communicate effectively, thus erasing old ‘scripts’ and patterns

● Restructuring roles and re-establish boundaries between the client and family members

● Restoring unity among nuclear and extended family members

● Breaking cycles of enabling actions and triggering dynamics

If you or someone you know are struggling with addiction, co-occurring mental health issues or chronic pain, call us now for a consultation – Our toll free number is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week: 1-866-677-6869.

Family can also be a very important influence when it comes to helping an addict recover. It can start when families unknowingly have a system of dysfunction. When the negative dynamics of families are changed, recovering from substance abuse can occur, and the chances of others becoming addicts decrease significantly.

Families may function with a system that is only understood by its members. A dysfunctional home environment has a variety of different attributes.

  • Secrecy – Secrets are kept and protected. Honesty is often punished
  • Fear – This could be a home situation where violence or abuse is present
  • Conflict – This occurs when families are not able to successfully resolve important issues with one another
  • Role reversal – This sometimes develops when parents are intimidated by children who have too much influence on decisions in the home
  • Emotional Chaos – This emerges in a home where people do not get their emotional needs met, and chaos ensues as they try to resolve these issues

Many families have members who struggle with addictive behavior. It is common for a member of such families to assist the addicted person with their substance abuse. It is also common for members of families to help one another in various circumstances.

Many families struggle not to help the addict. They intentionally help the addict avoid experiencing the consequences of their behavior. When someone else deals with the problems caused by an addict, this is known as an enabling dynamic. Doing this will only promote addictive behavior.

This refers to relationships within families where one family member actually relies on the addict’s substance abuse. This type of relationship often occurs between a parent and child or between spouses. The non-addicted person may unknowingly work to maintain the other person’s substance abuse.

This situation can be very complicated when a family member may believe they must support the addict, even when the addict has destructive behavior. A codependent person will go against others who tell them the addict is sick and needs help. They will try to protect the addict even when told the person they love could die or experience terrible suffering.

When this happens, they unintentionally assist the addict’s substance abuse. A co-dependent person may lend them money and more to help support their substance abuse.

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