Family Involvement In Residential Drug Or Alcohol Treatment

Addiction Treatment

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If you have a loved one in treatment for drug or alcohol addiction, there will come a point when the addiction treatment center requests that the family visits and gets involved in the patients program of recovery.  This is an excellent chance for you to see how your loved one is doing and also to express your feelings and ask questions.  The important thing to remember is that recovery from addiction is a family affair and research has shown that early family involvement reduces the chance of relapse.
While you’re visiting, the counselors will probably interview you without the presence of the addict in treatment.  This gives them a chance to hear a different viewpoint on the family dynamics and better understand how each member of the family interacts.  It also gives the counselor a chance to see the overall picture of how the addict’s behavior has affected the whole family.  This will help them better plan for the addict’s course of treatment before and after they leave the drug and alcohol treatment center.
This visit also gives the family of the addict an excellent opportunity to learn about the science of addiction.  By educating the family members, the counselors are hoping to lessen the feelings of guilt or anger associated with years of errant behavior.  Topics like enabling, relapse warning signs, and co-dependence will be addressed.  So that when your family member comes home after addiction treatment their chances of success for leading a sober and happy life will be maximized.
While the addict is in treatment, the staff of the drug and alcohol treatment center will not be able to discuss the well being of the patient.  This is due to federal privacy laws.  So don’t take it personally if you as how your loved one is doing and are not given the answers you were hoping for.  Take advantage of the time you are there during the visit to ask your loved one in person.
One of the most important things for family members of addicts to learn is that they should also seek help.  Get the advice of a marriage or family therapist, or seek out individual counseling.  The purpose of your visit is not to get treatment for you.  The focus will remain on what’s best for the addict.  But upon your return home don’t hesitate to seek out the guidance of a professional to take care of your own needs.  One thing that most people fail to recognize is that addiction is a family disease.
Call us at (877)870-4958 to discuss options for your addiction treatment or to learn how we can help your loved one.