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Family Support and Programming

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Family Support and Programming

Addiction affects entire families, not just the individuals engaging in substance misuse. When seeking treatment, your family also needs healing and to learn how to support you in your journey. A family therapy program at Gateway provides the support and care your family, and you both need. This therapy also helps your loved ones know how to help you achieve your goals in recovery, so you feel supported along the way.

Your health insurance helps you pay for the family therapy, just as it supports other methods of treatment. Use your Meridian Health Drug Rehab Coverage Illinois or other health benefits at Gateway. Call Gateway for insurance verification and to learn what your policy supports.

Which Family Members Does Your Family Therapy Program Include?

Family was once singularly defined as your blood relatives. Specifically, people understood family as a male parent, female parent, and siblings living together in one home. Now, society is accepting a broader sense of family. Today’s families include anyone close to you and supportive in your life journey.

For treatment purposes and your family therapy program at Gateway, your family includes your close emotional connections that endure over time. People committed to your recovery are part of your family and the type of people you need around you for ultimate life success. This definition of family means the people participating in your treatment can include blood relatives, extended family, friends, or anyone else emotionally invested in your well-being. For this reason, our addiction therapy services include family therapy in Illinois.

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A Family Therapy Program Brings Change

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Families function in many ways in a household or as a group. Functioning is sometimes healthy. For others, the functioning is very unhealthy. Nonetheless, the family is a system of parts working together for common goals. The family also affects each individual in their life pursuits.

When one person in the family changes, it affects how the whole unit operates. Addiction brings significant transition into a group of loved ones, often breaking down the unit and hurting individuals in many ways. But through positive change, you can heal the individuals in your family and bring everyone back together. Through a family therapy program, the whole unit learns how to work better together.

Family therapy for addiction helps rebuild the strength and bonds of the family. It shows the group how healthy families function and the benefits of working together toward common goals. The family learns about addiction, how to break the cycle of unhealthy behaviors related to substance misuse, and how to foster healthier individual growth for the future.

Your family therapy for addiction also helps your loved ones understand your mental health problems if you require dual diagnosis treatment. They learn how to support your best mental health with sobriety. They also learn how to heal from their own struggles during the crisis the substance abuse caused. Through all of this insight, learning, and communication, your family comes out of rehab treatment healthier, happier, and more prepared to work together for a better future.

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The Role of Family in Addiction Recovery

The role of the family in addiction recovery is significant. Family members who experience a loved one struggling with a substance use disorder may come face-to-face with several painful emotions. Families dealing with addiction may feel a sense of hopelessness when seeing their loved one caught in the grips of alcohol or drug addiction and may not know how to approach the situation.

While families impacted by substance misuse may develop dysfunctional coping patterns, therapy programs can encourage healthy family dynamics.

When a family member embodies healthy roles and behaviors in the wake of addiction and recovery, he or she may hold their loved one accountable for their behavior and offer rewards for positive choices. Refusing to focus on the individual’s behavior and creating and implementing healthy boundaries are the building blocks of recovery for families dealing with addiction.

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How Family Involvement Affects Treatment Outcomes

Family involvement in substance use disorder treatment is crucial. Support from family members can prevent relapses, improve psychiatric symptoms and increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

If family members receive the education and support they need along the way, they can develop new dynamics that support the recovery of individuals who suffer from substance addiction.

Outcomes of family support, programming and therapy in the wake of substance use disorder are multifaceted. The effects of family therapies for individuals suffering from substance use disorder include:

  • Reduced problem behaviors
  • Reduced substance use
  • Better retention and completion of recovery programs
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Who Benefits from Family Support and Programming?

Family therapy for addiction helps the person suffering from substance use disorder as well as their family.

Because addiction can affect everyone in different ways, the entire family unit must have the opportunity to come together and heal from addiction or substance use. Individual therapy and group counseling sessions at Gateway Foundation are available to both the patient enrolled in our drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs and their family members.

While individual therapy sessions allow family members to voice their concerns privately, group therapy allows each person to discuss their feelings, opinions, and perceptions of the situation in a more secure and controlled environment. These counseling sessions help you, and your family members heal, move past the substance use disorder and feel like your voices are being heard.

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A Complete Therapy Treatment Program

Any course treatment you choose must include a complete therapy program. Gateway provides an array of therapies within multiple levels of care. So you receive the precise level of treatment you need for your best healing and greater chances of long-term recovery.

Programs and therapies of Gateway include:

We Help Families Dealing with Addiction

Your family includes the people closest to you, those also most affected by your addiction. When you decide to enter treatment for your recovery, your family members also benefit individually and as a unit. Choose a treatment program you can trust, like the Gateway Foundation. Gateway has helped multiple generations of Americans achieve the healthy recovery they deserve.

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Contact Gateway Foundation for Family Support During Addiction Recovery

Call Gateway now at 877-379-6748 to learn more about the family therapy program and other aspects of quality treatment. Together with the people you love most, you can build a better future. Call today and start bringing healing and happiness back into your home for all members of your family.