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ABTRS’s Approach to Family Therapy

At A Better Today Recovery Services, we understand that addiction affects the entire family, not just the person that is struggling with a drug & alcohol addiction.

The families of our patients have told us that a negative change in one member of the family impacts the whole family and affects each person differently.

Children of a loved one struggling with substance abuse can harbor different feelings than the spouse. Their addiction can inflict stress to a breaking point.

Addiction has the potential to test family bonds causing the whole family to experience situations where they themselves are forced to compromises their morals and make bad decisions out of love.

Sometimes the family must witness the struggling addict manipulate, steal, and commit crimes to hide their growing addiction.

Family therapy focuses on educating the whole family, young and old, about addiction being a disease and how to handle the negative repercussions of drug abuse.

Special fellowship groups like Nar-Anon and Al-Anon can offer support and healing.

A Better Today Recovery Services has adopted the three C’s involved in family therapy that help create a deeper understanding of your loved one’s addiction. The three C’s are:

You did not cause the addiction.

You cannot control the addiction.

You cannot cure the addiction.

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A Better Today’s Family Day Events offers a pleasant environment to learn and heal together during treatment.

ABTRS’s Approach Focuses on Family Therapy During Treatment to Ensure Long Term Success

ABTRS understands that having a strong support system within the family ensures long term sobriety and dedication to their recovery plan. We encourage family involvement in the recovery process with educational session on the addicted brain and co-occurring disorders.

ABTRS’s Family Weekend Workshop offers the whole family a wonderful day with their loved one during their treatment. Rebuilding those bridges and creating good memories is important for the whole family and the healing process. Master’s level therapists offer literature and presentations on addiction as a disease and what to expect after treatment.

Family members of graduated patients have shared their feelings of frustration and helplessness with us during their loved one’s active addiction. After attending Family Day Events, they were confident that they could help them stay sober while still respecting their aftercare program.

It is beneficial to have the support of their families while seeking treatment; the hope and care you feel for your addicted loved one plays a big part in their recovery. Leaving our facility with confidence in your loved one’s treatment plan is our goal and with the feedback from our patient’s family, we are achieving high success rates of long term recovery. A Better Today believes their future is worth it just as much as you do. Let us help you take back control.

Why is it Important to Rebuilding Strong Family Bonds During Drug & Alcohol Treatment?

A Better Today Recovery Services offers therapy sessions led by a master’s level therapist with the patient during their treatment. The therapist will work as a mediator to encourage families to discuss pressing issues in a safe environment. Issues that substance abuse has caused the family can be addressed with the intentions of moving past them for a healthier relationship.

The loved one may feel overwhelmed with guilt and shame about their destructive behavior in active addiction. Communicating with their loved ones may provide a sense of closure that could encourage a positive drive to be the person they want to be when they were not influenced by drugs.

Having their family show support during the healing process is an important part to the ABTRS approach to drug and alcohol treatment. This makes the first steps on the journey through recovery less stressful; causing them to absorb relapse prevention and coping mechanism training with a positive attitude.

Getting involved in your family’s treatment plan in an important milestone in long term sobriety. ABTRS is more than happy to include the whole family to encourage long-lasting recovery.

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Treatment Techniques that Suit your Needs

5 Family Therapy Techniques

Structural Therapy

Salvador Minuchin developed the foundation of a family therapy technique called Structural family therapy. This technique focuses on the interaction of each family member. Observing how they interact, behave, communicate with each other gives insight on how the family dynamic operates. The family therapist can then help the family grow and develop the family as a unit and help them identify and outgrow other negative growth patterns.

Strategic Therapy

Strategic therapy has five parts to strategic therapy including a brief social stage, the problem stage, interactional stage, the goal-setting stage and the task-setting stage. This family therapy technique focuses on creating change in behaviors more than changing the understanding of each family member. Identifying the dysfunctional behaviors in a family dynamic to then introduce a new more positive behavior is the ultimate goal of the technique.

Systemic Therapy

Systemic Therapy is based on Murray Bowen’s research and has become a foundation of family therapy or family systems therapy. There are eight interlocking concepts to the Bowenian technique that all lead to a goal of creating an understanding of the emotional well-being as a family unit. Being a foundation of many therapy techniques, many therapists have adapted Bowen’s model away from linear causality.

Narrative Therapy

Many of these family therapies focus on the family as a unit. Narrative therapy is different. Narrative therapy encourages the person to embrace the person’s individuality and to utilize their skills to address the problem by creating personal stories that help them identify who they are and empower them to navigate their lives. The ultimate goal of narrative therapy is to aid the person in finding clarity and support.

Transgenerational Therapy

Transgenerational therapy focuses on examining the interactions between each family member across multiple generations. By observing and analyzing family interactions the core issues within the family dynamic can be resolved. This technique does not explore the causation of the conflict by shine light on the conflict and discuss is across generations.

Transgenerational therapy is often paired with another one of Murray Bowen’s models of family therapy. In regard to substance abuse, looking at how a younger sibling views drug and alcohol abuse could influence the struggling addicts decisions when they are sober and in recovery. This family therapy technique has the potential to influence the patterns of substance abuse in a family as each family member goes through each stage of life.

How Does A Better Today Recovery Service’s Family Day Event Help with Drug & Alcohol Treatment for my Loved One?

A Better Today Recovery Services knows it is very common for addicts to hurt the ones who love them the most. That is why we feel so passionately about the quality of service we provide each patient. Family Therapy allows open discussions about their pain in a non-threatening environment. Constructive, healthy communication during and after treatment is important to ensure healthy boundaries are established and there is a level of respected shared between each family member.

Educating both the family and patient is important in maintaining long term recovery. Every Saturday, ABTRS offers Family Day Events that provides master level presenters, literature for finding and receiving support, and good memories for the whole family. This is done in a group setting with family members of other patients.

Topics discussing the addicted brain, relapse prevention, setting boundary standards, speakers who have addicted loved ones and the destruction of enabling are some presentations that help go deeper into the struggles of addiction as a family disease.

We pride ourselves on the level of care we offer and always encourage feedback to improve our Family Day experience. A Better Today Recovery Center is patient focused on providing the level of care that encourages long lasting recovery from substance abuse. Reach out today and trust that ABTRS cares about your loved one’s future just as much as you do.

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Reliable Sources About Treatment Modalities Matters

A Better Today Recovery Services firmly believes that substance abuse treatment needs to be both individualized and proven to be effective. The influence of addiction varies from person to person making the need for various methodology and effectiveness important for a long-lasting recovery. We have adopted various treatment methods that are proven to be effective by the scientific and psychological community.

If you are going to trust us with you or your loved one’s treatment plan, we want to be entirely transparent about the sources we utilize. We take pride in offering up to date and relevant information that are factual and backed by years of research. Learn more about our treatment methods listed below. It might be a dry read but we believe knowledge empowers people to make good choices.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2004. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 39.) Chapter 1 Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64269/

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 34. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12- 3952. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1999. 

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