Addiction affects families, and families can affect addiction. The erosion of trust and healthy communication can interfere with healing for the person in recovery and family members. That’s why family therapy is offered in most addiction treatment programs. If you live in the Mile High City of Denver or its environs, are suffering from an addiction, and thinking about rehab, consider looking for Colorado family therapy services.
At Mile High Recovery in Denver, our addiction treatment programs, both inpatient and outpatient, include family therapy. What are your expectations for family therapy? If you expect a safe, supportive environment to engage in family therapy, experienced clinicians who will engage your entire family with compassion and professionalism, and positive outcomes for everyone, reach out to Mile High today. Your family therapy expectations deserve to be met. Connecting with our staff is easy—call 303-268-2144.
What to Expect in Family Therapy
Expectations for family therapy can reasonably include:
- Mending communication – In family therapy, you will establish sustainable guidelines for family interactions, practice healthy communication, listen with empathy and openness, and develop a new understanding of one another that makes all the above possible.
- Developing compassion – As your communications improve, the family can begin to understand the pain of suffering from the disease of addiction, and the person in recovery will realize the impact their addiction has had on the family.
- Rebuilding trust – Compassion and communication will enable the family to regain the trust lost when one of their own was struggling with addiction.
- Practicing self-regulation – Addiction often leads to all family members acting out of highly activated emotions. The family can practice strategies to calm and manage emotions in family therapy while replacing impulsiveness with thoughtful listening and actions.
- Solving problems together – It is easier to problem-solve when a family can communicate and manage emotions. Rather than arousing anger or frustration, family members can meet challenges with collaboration toward shared goals.
- Understanding co-dependence – A pattern of co-dependence may have emerged between family members and the loved one struggling with addiction. When everyone begins to understand how past patterns of behavior have kept them stuck in unhealthy roles, they can realign their behaviors to a new, much healthier norm.
- Setting boundaries – Part of the dynamic in many families involves blurred or non-existent boundaries or, conversely, such rigidity that there is no room for compassion to grow. Establishing healthy boundaries prevents all family members from feeling responsible for or guilty about one another’s choices and outcomes while allowing them to feel supportive, supported, and loved.
Family therapy benefits all members of the family who invest time and fully engage in the process. It is a fundamental piece of addiction treatment.
Is Family Therapy Real Therapy?
Family therapy is conducted by a trained, licensed therapist in a clinical setting or remotely. A therapist may choose to use a specific approach to therapy or a therapeutic modality such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). All sessions are protected under HIPAA laws that are guided by national standards to protect everyone’s confidential information.
Family therapy is a proven approach in the rehab setting. It supports recovery for the person with a substance use disorder (SUD) and creates family healing to the benefit of all. Regarding family therapy expectations, everyone can expect to benefit both personally and as part of the family. A family that has gone through family therapy functions better and can support their loved one in recovery with greater efficacy and compassion.
Get Help With Family Therapy at Mile High Recovery
Contact Mile High Recovery today if you want to know what to expect in family therapy. Your entire family will benefit as you or your loved one—whoever is seeking recovery—begins the healing process of addiction treatment.
Don’t wait. Please find out more by calling us at 303-268-2144 or connecting online.