Helping Couples Restore Trust and Love
Our Couples Therapy program is ideal for couples in which both parties are suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. We have developed quality and effective gender-specific programs to offer both parties the treatment and care they need. In addition to rebuilding their individual lives and taking the necessary steps to become balanced, independent and functional people, they will have the opportunity to fix their relationships through weekly couples therapy sessions, in which
- The therapist asks about any substance abuse-related incidents since the last session
- Couples discuss their continued compliance with the pre-established terms of recovery
- The couple and therapist examine the couple’s completed homework assignment from last session
- The couple and therapist discuss any new or re-emerging relationship problems since the last session
- Therapists assign regular homework assignments meant to build on the material covered at sessions
Couples are encouraged to use their time at Seaside as an opportunity to repair and grow their relationships. We even allow both parties to share rooms. Seaside offers couples therapy as part of a broader, comprehensive course of treatment. This therapy is most effective when both parties are honest with each other and committed to their recovery, which is actually the sort of dynamic Seaside strives to create.
Restoring Harmony and Balance to Relationships
The impact of addiction is felt more within the romantic relationship than perhaps any other, particularly when both members of the couple are battling drugs and alcohol. If not properly addressed and managed, addiction will quickly erode any trust and intimacy that has been built up in the union, whether it’s a married couple of 40 years or a boyfriend and girlfriend in a less matured relationship.
Seaside is mindful of the vital role that significant others play in the recovery process and the importance of repairing relationships so that patients can continue their healing with the support of those closest to them. Our Couples Therapy Program helps patients and their significant others identify and address the key issues that have caused their relationship to deteriorate, whether they’re related to addiction or another, deeper-rooted issue.
Couples Therapy and Codependency
Codependency is a particularly common issue in couples therapy. It can be a powerful strain on the relationship as well as the individual health of the two parties. Although Seaside offers a separate program for codependency treatment, couples therapy can help to uncover the codependent or enabling tendencies within a relationship. Depending on the level of codependency the therapist feels is present, they may endeavor to treat couples on their own or recommend specialized care in our designated codependency treatment module.