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Family Therapy Programs in Addiction Treatment

Many people assume that the substance user is the one who needs therapy. The reality is, that substance abuse affects every aspect of their relationships with their family. A dysfunctional family unit has to be repaired to help an individual successfully recover from their substance use disorder.

Trust is ruined. Addicts steal from their loved ones. They lie to their loved ones. Families lie to protect the reputation of the substance user. Communication amongst everyone is shattered. With the help of family therapy, all of that can be repaired. You can experience a loving family unit that supports and loves one another fully.

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Types Of Family Therapy

Finding the right family therapy module is important for success in healing. Here are four different types of modules that you can consider:

  • Bowenian – the focus of this type of therapy is strengthening the family bond while also promoting individualism for each member. This helps combat codependency and provides a positive sense of self.
  • Systemic – the focus here is on the emotions of each individual in the family unit. By discovering underlying issues, the therapist can facilitate change in thought patterns and communication. 
  • Structural – this form of family therapy looks at the family structure. The therapist learns about the family dynamic and sets about changing interactions for a healthier family unit.
  • Strategic – this type of family therapy looks at patterns of sequences in the family unit. It is similar to structural family therapy. The key thing here is that the therapist will help the family solve issues based on the patterns they have in place.

What Happens During Family Therapy Sessions?

Family therapy is a scary endeavor and we know how helpful it is to know what is coming. Firstly, you are introduced to the licensed therapist individually so they can analyze the family unit. Then a treatment plan is created for every member to agree to.

The therapist will then help guide each session to tackle issues that are most pressing and detrimental to the family unit. They will create a safe environment to speak openly about emotions, conflicts, and fears. They listen with compassion and act as a guiding light for the family throughout the therapy. 

Get Back To Your Life With Our Family Therapy Program

Your family can become a better unit with a little help. No matter how intense someone’s substance use disorder is, everything can be repaired. Call our licensed professionals today to learn more about getting the family therapy you need. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Family Therapy

How Many Sessions Are Required For Family Therapy?

Treatment for individuals is patient-centered and family therapy follows that same idea. Our team at Magnified wants to ensure your family is getting the most out of therapy and are successful in healing. We set a standard for one family session weekly and encourage family involvement throughout the healing process. 

Can You do Remote Family Therapy?

Yes, telehealth is a great way to do family therapy. Our therapists welcome this at our programs.

How Can Family Therapy Help?

Family therapy can change the dynamic of the family unit completely. Each family member are given opportunities to talk about their relationships with one another. What hurts, what works, and what everyone is willing to do to repair. When facilitated by a licensed therapist, the family can learn new ways of having relationships with one another. You can tackle the hard stuff and feel safe in processing those emotions and trust issues. There are different types of family therapies and one is going to be the right fit for your family.

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Magnified Health Systems aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.

This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

This content is verified and moderated by Dr. Brendan Bickley

Dr. Bickley graduated from U.C. Irvine with honors: Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, Cum Laude. He has been featured on national radio and print media. He is also a frequent lecturer at National Conferences. He holds an A.S. degree in Drug & Alcohol Studies, and two B.A. degrees in Criminology & Psychology, and masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed California Drug & Alcohol Counselor Level II, a licensed Clinical Supervisor and is certified in treating Eating Disorders.

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