Addiction is often called a family disease. That’s because a singular addiction can impact family dynamics, create stress for an entire family, lead to co-dependency issues and even have a genetic component. Clearly, addiction can impact the whole family. That’s one reason that family therapy is so critical, even during the initial stages of recovery at Serenity House Detox.
Addiction and Codependency
Many people who struggle also deal with co-dependent relationships. In most cases, this co-dependency happens within the family. If the physical symptoms of addiction get treated, but the co-dependency issues do not, the underlying family issues fester. Family therapy is an effective way of identifying and treating co-dependency.
Codependency typically involves poor boundaries between two or more individuals. Those who struggle with addiction often engage in co-dependency with loved ones. This means they rely on them excessively for emotional, financial or physical support.
If an individual can continue to take advantage of their loved ones and maintain this co-dependent relationship, they are unlikely to get and stay sober. By counseling family members about co-dependency and showing them how to stop enabling addiction, patients can confront their issues. This may be the only truly effective way to prevent relapse and self-harming behavior in the future.
Genetic Factors That Can Contribute to Addiction
Addiction is also called a family disease because it often runs in the family. One of the reasons this happens is because addiction can develop in part because of genetics. Certain family members may have a predisposition to an addiction gene. This makes them more likely to form a dependence on dangerous substances.
If one person in the family struggles with a drug or alcohol addiction, then it is likely that their parents, siblings or children are also susceptible. One of the best ways to prevent an addiction from forming is to highlight the genetic risk factor. In family therapy, the next generation can learn about the dangers of substance abuse, and that may save a life in the years to come.
Family Members Often Impacted by Same Major Events
In addition to the genetic component, addiction runs in families who experience the same major events. Trauma, for example, is a major cause of addiction. If an entire family lived through a violent crime, familial abuse, or a natural disaster then they may all be able to benefit from therapy.
Family therapy seeks to identify any traumatic experiences in the past and then resolve them. Even if certain family members aren’t directly struggling with addiction, resolving past issues can definitely improve the mental and emotional stability of the family.
Strengthening the Family Support Network
After detox and rehab, patients still need to rely on a support network. While that network can be made up of friends, peers, therapists or anyone else, it often includes family members. In order for the family to be an effective support network, they need to have a healthy relationship with the patient. Family therapy can heal damaged relationships and restore a healthy family dynamic.
At the end of successful family counseling, family members will all be on the same page. This makes the recovery process easier for patients, and it also ensures a strong support network is waiting, ready and prepared to fight back against the risk of relapse.
Family Therapy at Serenity House Detox
At Serenity House Detox, the primary objective is helping patients break free from the shackles of a chemical dependency. To effectively overcome a drug or alcohol addiction, it involves more than just the physical symptoms. It also has to include strategies like family therapy. Patients at Serenity House Detox can expect addiction treatment that includes all of the following:
- Inpatient drug detox
- Customized treatment plan
- One-on-one therapy
- 24/7 medical monitoring and care
- Chiropractic care
- Family and holistic therapies available
For many patients, involving the family is a large part of addiction recovery. At Serenity House Detox in Houston, Texas, you’ll be able to achieve sobriety while strengthening your family ties. Call 866-516-8356 to get started on your journey to a healthier family life, addiction-free, today.