Family Programs and Support

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Families

illustration of a group of generic cutout people standing in a circle and holding hands in support of one anotherSubstance abuse negatively impacts the abuser’s entire family, and treatment should include the family as well. In fact, without involving the family in treatment goals and expectations, an individual’s post-treatment recovery can be sabotaged by the re-enactment of dysfunctional family roles and behaviors that may have enabled and driven their prior substance abuse. By working with families during and after treatment, family programs can become a supportive resource that helps keep those in recovery on a positive path.

A number of recent research papers have looked at using new techniques such as family behavior therapy in treating substance abuse and mental health issues and have found that they can be very effective. Research published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse has shown that this approach is particularly helpful in the treatment of adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental disorders such as depression and conduct disorder.

 

Family Programs at Seaside Palm Beach

photo of a happy family consisting of a mother and father and son and daughter walking along the beach hugging one anotherAt Seaside Palm Beach, our family programs are designed to educate the people closest to our patients about the disease of addiction and the road to recovery. We offer these programs to families of current and former patients to allow them to grow and heal together with their loved ones. It is difficult, if not impossible, for a person to recover from addiction without the help and support of their family, so we make every effort to include family members in the recovery process.

Group family meetings, along with the Family Addiction Education and Support Groups, give recovering addicts and their families a chance to repair the bonds that were damaged by addiction – and build new, positive relationships that enhance the lives of every family member.

Our individual therapy sessions also enable those in recovery to explore the dysfunctional family dynamics that may underlie some of their substance abuse or mental health issues – and address these family dynamics in a new and forward-looking way.