Help For Families of Addicts
Substance abuse disorders cause more than just problems for the addict. It can be difficult to watch your loved one struggle and even harder when they push you away. Addiction and mental health disorders can cause unhealthy relationship dynamics or even ruin relationships altogether. Because our intensive outpatient program in Naples has patients live in the comfort of their own home during treatment, strong family relationships are imperative to assist patients through their treatment and recovery.
Your addicted loved one needs you during their journey to recovery, but it can be difficult to know how to help. Especially if your loved one is struggling with a mental health disorder and in our co-occurring disorder treatment, it is hard to know what to do. You may be feeling lost, hopeless, and hurt. These feelings are valid and normal, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At Cypress West Intensive Outpatient, we offer a program for families of addicts so that both the addict and their loved ones can move forward with their lives. Our family program consists of family or couples therapy sessions, as well as access to a family support group with other patient’s family members. This program is used to address the specific needs and issues of our patient’s family relationships, marriage, or partnership. The patient’s primary therapists work with the patients and their families to determine the appropriate scheduling and frequency for the greatest results.
Why Programs for Families of Addicts Are Important
Therapy for family members of addicts is important because they are often negatively impacted by their loved one’s addiction, but their concerns are often left by the wayside. The same holds true for family members of those with a mental illness. At our mental health and addiction treatment center in Naples, we encourage all of our patients and their families to participate in our family program. The family support group meets on a regular basis throughout treatment. This program is meant to be a source of support and collaboration with both therapeutic and clinical benefits.
The Entire Family Needs to Heal
Addiction and mental health problems can greatly impact our patients’ families and close relationships. The relationships can become toxic or strained. When patients enter recovery, their families also need to recover. Often unhealthy relationship dynamics will develop during addiction and these problems will not just immediately go away when the drug abuse stops. Trust has been broken and the relationship has been jeopardized. It requires hard work to mend these relationships, but our family therapy program is designed to help facilitate the healing process.
Setting the Addict Up For Success
Because most of our patients will still be living with their families during treatment, it is important that their home environment is supportive and conducive to their recovery. Our family program for addiction and mental health helps loved ones learn how to promote the recovery process. Family members will learn how to set boundaries and expectations for the patient as well as how to best support them. With these changes, the patient will have the best chance of long-term success.
If your relationship with a family member is tearing you apart because of their addiction problems or mental health issues, you can act. There is help for families of addicts and loved ones of those who struggle with mental illness. You do not need to sit by and wait until your relationship is beyond repair. Reach out to us immediately to see if we can help.