Families often play a central role in both substance abuse behavior and the recovery from that abuse. Dysfunctional family dynamics can sometimes lead individuals into the downward spiral of addiction as they seek refuge from the trauma of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Conversely, families can provide the support that helps substance abusers seek treatment and avoid the temptation of relapse. Oftentimes the impact of family dynamics is more mixed and complex, but whatever the specific issues at play, families often play a critical role in an individual’s relationship to substance abuse and recovery.
Why A Family Program for Recovery Matters
At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, we know that the effects of drug addiction on families can be devastating, and it is often not just the addict who needs to heal. Family members can be left feeling hopeless and substance abuse can cause strains in relationship. Addiction is a family disease, and our family programs for addiction treatment provide education, support, and guidance to family members who are unsure of their role in their loved one’s recovery. When loved ones of the addict take the time to learn about addiction and their part, the family can move forward together and begin the healing process.
Benefits of Our Palm Beach Family Program
At BHOPB, we understand that each family situation is unique and make sure to tailor the involvement of family members in a way that is appropriate for each individual in recovery. Participants of our family program for addiction treatment engage in group discussions, classes, and individual meetings. Loved ones who participate will learn about:
- Addiction as a disease
- Substance abuse education
- The addiction treatment process
- Healthy communication practices & expressing their emotions
- Familial roles and dynamics in addiction
- What to expect when a loved one is in treatment
- Setting boundaries and detachment
- Codependent relationships and enabling in addiction
- Self-care and coping skills
- How to help addicted loved one during recovery
- Relapse prevention
- Healing together and moving forward
We also take special care to help start the process of repairing the family relationships that have often been strained or even shattered by the painful journey of substance abuse. This can be a critical element in the potential for the long-term success of former substance abusers, and we make every effort to start this process of healing on the right foot during treatment. Sometimes these pieces cannot be completely put back together, but we help recovering addicts build their new relationships on a solid foundation that rests on an understanding of how substance abuse can be a toxic ingredient for entire families, not just the addicted individual. By coming together and working through the struggles with a therapist, the entire family unit can come out of treatment stronger than ever.
Family Addiction Education Meetings
We also offer a family addiction education and support group for families and significant others of current and former patients. This group helps families gain valuable knowledge and insight regarding their loved one’s post-treatment needs and the family’s role in their loved one’s recovery.
In addition to educating families regarding the disease of addiction and the importance of family involvement, the family addiction education and support group allows patients to exchange ideas about how to live with a loved one’s addiction and what to do after they complete treatment. Family members learn not only how to help a loved one who struggles with addiction, but also the importance of helping themselves. As they begin to focus on bettering their own lives for the sake of both themselves and their addicted loved one, their efforts toward self-care will inspire and empower the entire family unit.
Our group is open to loved ones of active drug or alcohol abusers, sober recovery patients, and patients currently in treatment. Group meetings are held each Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on our new, centralized campus located at 7859 Lake Worth Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467.
Family Weekend Program for Addiction Recovery
While your loved one is undergoing a heroin detox in Palm Beach, you may be in Miami and not even fully understand what a detox involves. For families who are unable to attend regularly scheduled family addiction education meetings or in need of more intensive healing, we offer a family weekend program for addiction recovery. This 3-day program is available for up to three family members to participate in free of charge. Days are cumulative in content and activity, so it’s important that family members are able to attend all 3 days. Our family program for addiction treatment ends with a meeting between the patient, their loved ones, and the patient’s primary therapist. Patients will only attend an hour each day due to their very full treatment schedules. Healing is a slow process, but with the help of our West Palm family weekend program, you will be well on your way.
There are many ways to show support when a loved one is suffering from substance abuse. By engaging in a family program and accompanying them to weekly meetings, you are expressing that you care and that you truly want the best for this individual in recovery. At Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, our family program for addiction treatment allows each family member to heal and move forward.
If your loved one is suffering from any drug or alcohol addiction, contact our behavioral health center in Palm Beach today. We have helped so many families come together and support their loved one through the recovery journey. It’s not too late to start over.