Addiction affects everybody around you – especially your family. Those closest to you have to witness every stage of your addiction as you progressively get worse. Thankfully, family therapy allows each member to witness your recovery as you finally say goodbye to drug or alcohol.
Family therapy for drug addiction in Northern IL gives everyone a chance to heal from the destruction that addiction causes. It is a component of substance abuse treatment. When your family works together to help you with your addiction, you have a greater chance of achieving a full recovery. To find out more about family therapy, call Northern Illinois Recovery Center.
Addiction Affects the Entire Family
Addiction is a family disease. It affects the family unit and puts everyone at risk. At best, your family becomes dysfunctional as painful experiences dominate relationships. Your children, spouse, extended family, and in-laws all become victims who are not equipped to handle your substance abuse.
What Are the Effects of Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse can affect each family differently. Some of the most common ways that families suffer from substance abuse include:
Negative Feelings & Emotions
Members of your family may experience a wide range of emotions such as embarrassment, anger, guilt, resentment, anxiety, and fear. You may not be aware that your family is feeling this way, because they may not talk about it.
Safety and Security
Addiction can cause safety issues to arise in the home. These issues can include abuse, driving under the influence, allowing strangers in the home, or subjecting your family to dangerous situations. Children are especially vulnerable when you are drunk or high all of the time.
Addiction may cause you to abandon your responsibilities at home or work. People around you may no longer depend on you to perform even the simplest of chores or responsibilities.
Communication always becomes an issue. When negativity overruns your home, your family members may communicate intensely with arguments or yelling. Or, they may withdraw and not communicate with you at all. Pretty soon, even basic communication comes to a halt.
Structure and Boundaries
Substance abuse can cause all structure and boundaries to break down quickly. The home environment may become chaotic at best. With no rules, no structure, and no boundaries, everyone may feel as though they in a ‘free for all’ with each person taking care of themselves.
Family Therapy for Addiction
There are numerous types of treatment for families who are suffering from drug addiction. Some of the main treatment options that are available may include:
- Experiential therapy program
- Holistic therapy program
- Psychotherapy program
- Trauma therapy program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Mindfulness-based treatment program
We Provide Healing Through Family Therapy
There is always a way out of addiction, even if things seem hopeless and lost. Northern Illinois Recovery Center offers treatment for the entire family. To find out more about what options are available for you, call us today at 855.786.1978. We are here to help you break the cycle of addiction with family therapy.