Addiction touches people from all walks of life. Whether you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse, process addiction, or co-occurring disorders, you probably know that addiction reaches beyond those struggling with abuse. Addiction adversely affects family, friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances. No matter where someone is in addiction recovery, family support is critical to sobriety. Family therapy programs in Colorado can help those struggling gain perspective, repair relationships, and live full, healthy lives beyond addiction.
If you or someone in your life needs addiction support, call Mile High Recovery Center. Our Denver, Colorado addiction treatment center focuses on structured family recovery for a safe and successful sober life. Reach us at 303-268-2144 or visit us online today for more information about our support groups.
What Is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is integral to recovery—many programs across the country work to integrate family therapy into addiction treatment programs. Family therapy is a type of group therapy that includes any affected family members, whether that’s immediate family or a chosen family. The goal of family therapy is to help participants understand the addiction, how it’s affected their lives, and how to heal.
In family therapy sessions, a licensed family therapist will guide the group through exercises and discussions to help them communicate better, understand addiction’s effects, and develop a plan for moving forward. Family therapy is beneficial for those with addiction, as well as those affected by someone else’s addiction.
Benefits of family therapy include:
- Understanding family dynamics
- Safe, inclusive space to voice feelings
- Addressing feelings and perspectives of family members who may not speak their minds
- Help people reframe relationships and behaviors
- Shift perspectives
Family therapy can help those struggling with addiction better understand how their substance abuse has affected loved ones. These loved ones also gain a new understanding of addiction triggers and how their behaviors affect their loved one’s addiction. A therapist can help families change behaviors, relationships, and toxic patterns. Family pressures, unhealed trauma, and communication difficulties can trigger addictive behavior for many.
Do I Need Family Therapy?
Most addiction recovery programs include family therapy because it works. Here are some signs family therapy may be right for you:
- Your relationships focus on blame and shame.
- Your family has unprocessed trauma, such as losing a family member, abuse, or traumatic life events.
- Your family struggles to understand your addiction.
- You struggle to understand their position.
- Family members are often misheard or misunderstood.
- You feel that nothing ever changes in your relationships.
- You suspect there may be toxic relationships affecting your sobriety.
- You wish someone could moderate daily conversations at home.
While family therapy is a wonderful addition to individual therapy for addiction recovery, you may not convince loved ones to participate. In these situations, group therapy can be especially beneficial as you build a support system with others determined to stay sober.
Structured Family Recovery in Denver, Colorado
Addiction recovery can be challenging for family members to understand. A therapist can help. If someone in your family is struggling with addiction and looking for support in the Denver Metro area, Mile High Recovery Center can help. Our comprehensive programs include:
- Partial hospitalization
- Intensive outpatient
- Structured family therapy
- Alumni programs
- Support groups, including Suboxone support groups
- Medically assisted detox
- Long-term addiction recovery
- Tiered recovery programs
- Individual therapy
- Dual diagnosis
When a person chooses recovery, they know there is a long road ahead. The road is easier to travel with strong and healthy relationships. Family therapy can help couples regain trust, parents and children break toxic patterns, and help loved ones better communicate. At Mile High Recovery Center, we believe family therapy is key to addiction recovery. We also know support groups can help clients build a thriving community.
Begin Family Therapy Today with Mile High Recovery Center
No one should undergo addiction recovery alone. If you and your family are ready for dynamic, inclusive support in Denver’s City Center neighborhood, call Mile High Recovery Center today 303-268-2144. We know we are all stronger together.