The consequences of addiction can have a widespread and rippling effect. It often has the greatest impact on those closest to the individual in addiction. The effects of addiction upon family units and significant others can be devastating and cause a variety of issues.
These often include:
- Financial strain
- Emotional pain
- Feelings of betrayal
- Breakdown of relationships
- Anxiety, stress and depression
Each family member develops their own way of coping and responding to the situation often according to their personal beliefs. These can be unhealthy and ineffective for both themselves and the individual in addiction.
Examples of this might include:
- Denial of the problem
- Attempts to control the addictive behaviour
- Aggressive communication
- Enabling of negative behaviour
- Total detachment from the individual in addiction
At Acquiesce we offer a range of family therapies that includes, Behavioural Couple’s Therapy, Psychoeducation, Mediation and Bonding sessions plus family days and activities.
Evidence shows that incorporating family therapy as part of an individual’s treatment programme can be an important factor in the effectiveness and success of their treatment.
Family therapy can have many benefits. It aims to provide all concerned with a greater understanding of addiction and recovery. This helps to demystify any confusion and offer clarity of a family members role and limitations within the process. It allows a recognition of current responses and provides alternatives and often more productive ways to manage issues. Through identifying and promoting healthy communication styles it helps to improve relationship quality. Family members will gain an awareness of self-care interventions to improve their own well-being. All of this enables the healing process for both the family members and the individuals in addiction.
If your loved one is not yet ready to address their issues of addiction you can still access support from our Family Therapy Programme.