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Family Programs: Substance Abuse Rehab

Addiction affects more than just the patient – it affects everyone around them, and particularly their families. That’s why it’s important to treat both the addict and his or her loved ones and address the ways the addiction has impacted each in a family program.

Who Should Attend Family Counseling?

First and foremost, parents should attend family programs as they are often the most affected by the addicts behavior and struggle.

Although the environment may not seem suitable for children, kids often help get the addict out of their denial shells.

Often the most entrenched of the groups would be significant others. Even if they are enablers or abusers themselves, if the one going to rehabilitation sees they have their loved ones support, they will feel more confident in their choices.

Some friends are as close as family and should be included in these programs.

Who Conducts a Family Program Session?

A medical and family care specialist usually conducts the family program sessions. Patients need to trust their therapist to be able to open up and talk about their issues. Parents, whether married or divorced, spouses, siblings, and even grandparents can attend these sessions, as usually they are tailored according to the specific group needs.

What Happens During a Therapy Session?

Family Program Counseling

Family program therapy sessions have different approaches depending on the problem you are trying to solve. However, in most cases, the therapist will begin by observing everyone together. That way, they can hear everyone’s point of view, see how they interact with each other and understand what role each member plays.

After getting a perspective on the most important topics, besides the main problem, she or he may spend time separately with each family member.

How Long or Often Should One Go to Therapy?

One family’s dynamic will be completely different from another’s. Therefore, the duration of therapy often depends on their availability as well as the severity of the issues. As such, it can take up to a few years of therapy for some families to come to a resolution.

Is This Enough to Treat Addiction?

Typically, addiction treatment requires a complex, personalized plan, according to each person’s needs. Besides counseling and other behavioral therapies, medication is also an important part of the treatment, because it assists the detoxification stage, where the patient needs to get the substance out of their system.

Will Insurance Cover This Type of Therapy?

Patients can pay for their rehab treatment through insurance. If you don’t have insurance or sufficient funds to pay for the treatment, you can arrange a payment plan with the facility.

It is important that every family member feels as if the family program therapist is on the side of the entire family, and not just on one of a specific member. A family therapist will need to have the training and credentials that qualify them to perform family therapy.

Addiction is a complex illness that has a dramatic impact both on the user and their loved ones. More often than not, families don’t know how to respond to the addiction and make crucial mistakes that worsen the situation instead of helping it. A family program can give both the addict and the family members the tools to learn how to communicate and help each other.

One of our primary goals with family therapy at Windward Way is to educate about the disease of addiction and provide everyone with ways to effectively communicate with their loved one.

We know that as soon as clients return to their setting they came from, an effective family therapy in addiction treatment will need to give everyone the tools to engage each other in a healthy manner. Our aim is to provide the foremost family related addiction treatment to reach long-term outcomes.

We know your interests lie in a sustained long-term recovery for your child, spouse or loved one—you’ve already made huge strides by reaching out to our treatment center in the first place. Call us now at 855-491-7694. We can show you how our addiction treatment program doesn’t leave the family behind but welcomes them in.

Our intensive family program can include (after clinical approval):

  • Visitation opportunities 
  • Family program workshops
  • Weekly phone updates for family members
  • Weekly family therapy sessions, via phone, Skype or in person (phone or skype therapy sessions are only available to residents of California due to state licensing laws)

Windward Way has been granted full access to workshops designed by Dr. Kenneth Perlmutter, Founder of the Family Recovery Institute and family systems psychologist with nearly 30 years of experience. In these workshops, we actively lead sessions alongside families experiencing the stress and uncertainty of having a member in treatment.

Our family care specialists are pros you can trust when it comes to marriage and family therapy. We have designed our family-based addiction rehab for clients who are receiving treatment at any level of care within our programs. We strongly encourage and welcome parents (married or divorced), spouses, siblings 12 or older, and grandparents to attend. The workshop will be tailored to meet the needs of the specific group in attendance.

Together, we will create an intimate, carefully contained and sacred workspace to address family issues that relate directly to a client’s lack of insight into his addictive behavior. The first two days focus on family members’ experience and needs. The client member attends on day three.

We invite you to discuss with the clinical team the options for visiting with your loved one while you’re in the area. Depending on the clinical assessment, passes will be planned to support spending time together.

In addition, many families will be scheduled to meet in an individual family session with your loved one and some members of her team. Call us now to explore how we can develop a recovery for you or for some you love: 855-491-7694.