The goal of family therapy is to reduce the impact of addiction on both the person who struggles with substance abuse and their family by initiating communication. Families are taught how to use their strengths and resources to help their loved one live without substance abuse and are allowed to ask questions/begin a dialogue. Contributing factors such as parenting skills, abuse, depression, family conflict and unemployment may be addressed as necessary in treatment.
It is important to determine the appropriateness and level of involvement of family members. Counselors will discuss the home environment to ensure it is a safe place for the person with substance use disorder and their family. Everyone must feel safe and able to voice their feelings and opinions without fear of retribution. The most common forms of family therapy are behavioral contracting, behavioral marital therapy, multidimensional family therapy, solution-focused therapy and multifamily groups. Some of the benefits gained by family therapy participants include understanding the nature of addiction and how it affects behavior, awareness of family dynamics, improved communication, trust, setting boundaries, learning self-care and sharing feelings/owning your emotions.
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Search for therapists in your area who specialize in substance abuse disorder and utilize behaviroal contracting, behavioral marital therapy, multidimensional family therapy, solution-focused therapy, and multifamily groups. Check out the following resources for help in searching for a Family Therapist in your area.
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