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Family Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Family therapy and addiction treatment at The Recovery Village Kansas City can help the entire family recover from the effects of addiction.

Addiction Is A Family Disease

Addiction can impact everyone in that person’s life, especially their family. Family members often learn unhealthy ways to cope with their loved one’s addiction. They may minimize and deny the addiction and enable the person. 

Many families experience conflict and tension due to addiction. They may argue, stop communicating and even have division among each other. The addiction can lead to pain, fear, and anger within the family. The family may stop trusting in their loved one with the addiction and have difficulty knowing when and how to trust.

The Importance of Family Involvement in Addiction Treatment

Many feel hopeless, emotionally drained and exhausted from facing addiction-related issues in their family. The afflicted person may feel lost, alone and ashamed of how their addiction affected the family. 

Family involvement in treatment can lead to better outcomes, including:

  • Support and encouragement for the person
  • A smoother transition home 
  • Relapse prevention
  • An increased likelihood of remaining in treatment
  • A stronger family unit

How We Involve Loved Ones in Our Treatment Process

We can offer family therapy sessions once per week at the patient’s request with clinician approval. You can participate in family therapy virtually or in person when possible. We may offer family therapy in our inpatient, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP).

During family therapy sessions, family members can learn more about and address:

  • Communication skills
  • Education regarding the addiction
  • Resolving conflict
  • Healthy behaviors and coping skills
  • How to establish healthy boundaries
  • Relapse prevention planning
  • Helping the family make positive changes

Getting Your Loved One Help

If your loved one needs intensive addiction or mental health treatment, our Recovery Advocates can help. You do not have to take on this responsibility alone. We can teach you more about the treatment process, connect your loved one to treatment and begin their recovery journey.