Family counseling for alcohol and drug addiction can be very positive and influential. It can help address the steps needed in improving communication and ultimately help begin movement towards a healthy life away from drug and alcohol abuse. Positive family involvement can also help lead the rest of your family toward a journey of recovery and self-discovery. Each family is different, so the approach of family involvement with will differ with every person and family.
Improvements can include;
-Helping clients increase their self-awareness and understanding of their needs and behaviors
-Improving the mental and physical state of the whole family unit
-Understanding the process of addiction and the factors that can cause somebody to become addicted
-Helping family members gain self-care processes to improve their own individual well-being
-Improves communication and quality of the relationship
-Helping families gain knowledge in avoiding enabling behaviors
-Learning and understanding the processes in place that support and deter substance abuse
-Preventing drug addiction and alcoholism from spreading throughout the family or down through future generations
Self-Help for Families- Fully Supported by ATA
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are organizations that are self-supported through member donations. Meetings are available to help family members and friends of Substance Abusers recover from the effects of living with the Substance problem, even if their loved ones haven’t recovered. The key focus of the two groups is to support members by letting them know they aren’t alone in their struggle. ATA also provides individual counseling and help for these family members.
"Our goal in Family Counseling is to increase awareness and to help develop the above focus points, so they become consistent behaviors in everyday life. This can help strengthen the whole family unit and hopefully decrease the influence of substance use for all family members".
Addiction- A Family Disease
When one person in the family develops a substance abuse issue, it doesn’t solely affect them. No matter what their substance of choice happens to be, their addiction becomes a family disease, because it causes stress to the people living in the family home and to those people closest to the user. One of the casualties of a battle with addiction is the trail of damaged relationships it leaves in its wake. With the right kind of help, repairing relationships after addiction is possible.
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