Family Counselling Services for Addiction for Boston Residents
Family Counselling for Addiction for Boston, MA Residents
Often referred to as a ‘family disease,’ substance addiction doesn’t just impact the individual addiction sufferer; it also affects their family. As a chronic and frequently progressive condition, substance addiction will affect a person’s physical and mental health, spiritual well-being, family and other relationships, and even their finances and job. Addiction hurts everything it touches. Families invariably struggle and suffer when their loved one becomes stricken by this disease. Family therapy, however, can help promote understanding and healing for everyone in the family unit.
JC’s Recovery in South Florida features a wide range of treatment programs for substance addiction sufferers, including family therapy. We attract clients from cities all over the country, including Boston, to our Hollywood, Florida, location. We maintain a faith-based rehab campus and professional therapists and addiction specialists who provide caring support for each client. We believe that family therapy can be an essential component of any treatment plan. It has an educational focus to help each family member understand the dynamics of this disease. We also focus on coping and communication strategies that foster real healing and healthy ways to connect. With family therapy, you can learn to cope with addiction together so you can heal together too.
Drug and alcohol abuse in Boston continues to plague thousands of individuals and their families. Once this abuse turns into a full-blown addiction, it can profoundly harm individuals and their families. While Boston is home to a wide range of rehab facilities and family therapists, your family may find it to be in their best interest to travel to our South Florida rehab campus to spend time in a neutral location. With plenty of warmth and sunshine, coming here can allow you to escape from old patterns of behavior and communication temporarily. Taking a break from your Boston home can help you ‘reset’ your family dynamics. That’s important as you work to develop new, healthy ways to communicate with one another and support your loved one recovering from addiction.
Family dynamics aren’t set in stone, though it can feel like that. Our therapists know that each family is unique. However, we also understand what constitutes healthy ways of communicating and behaving. Some types of dysfunctional behaviors can fuel substance addiction. We’ll try to identify any problematic behaviors your family may be exhibiting and how they can develop new ways of connecting. Our therapists don’t judge; they help families assess and evaluate their state for themselves. Then, we work together to improve the family dynamic to heal from the pain that addiction caused their family to experience.
How Addiction Affects the Family
Substance addiction brings chaos and suffering to families. JC’s Recovery has helped hundreds of families overcome this chaos to find peace and harmony in healing. We are a Christian rehab center that features highly experienced family therapists who employ many different strategies to help families in crisis. That crisis can take many forms; we understand how dark it can get for families and what behaviors associated with substance addiction can wreak havoc with our most important relationships.
Sadly, it is commonplace for addiction sufferers to engage in high-risk behaviors or behaviors that harm other family members in some way. What are some of the types of actions we have addressed in therapy? Some include, infidelity, lying, using family funds to buy drugs, job loss, legal trouble, stealing, psychological and physical abuse.
These behaviors are the dark reality that often accompanies life when a family member is addicted to drugs or alcohol. How do individual family members heal from this? How do they cope with all the emotions that inevitably surface with these types of situations? The truth is–sometimes they don’t heal. Sometimes they remain estranged from one another and broken.
Another truth that is often uncovered is that unhealthy, destructive, or unproductive behaviors are associated with the addiction sufferer in question. Often, family members struggle with behaviors that foster dysfunction rather than healthy relating. It’s not uncommon for families of addiction sufferers to have an ‘enabler,’ someone who may not mean to, but fosters unhealthy behaviors in their loved one. For instance, giving an addiction sufferer money, knowing that they are likely to use it to purchase drugs, is an enabling behavior.
At JC’s Recovery in South Florida, we believe there is always hope and always a chance to heal what has been broken. We acknowledge that past behaviors cannot be undone, but we can impact the future with new strategies for coping with the recovery journey together.
Learning Coping Skills as a Family
At our recovery center, families learn about substance addiction dynamics and how to cope individually and as a family. We help individuals identify their enabling behaviors and discussing alternative actions that will ultimately support their loved ones’ recovery. When faced with a loved one’s addiction, family members often don’t know what to do or the right way to deal with them? How can the family help? Our family therapists have many different solutions for these types of questions. We discuss and practice them, gauging their results, and sometimes exchanging them for different coping strategies.
We also help family members cope with their own emotions. They have been through trauma; it’s different from the trauma their loved one has suffered, but it’s trauma nonetheless. The fear that family members experience for their loved one and themselves is often profound. Yes, we have counseled spouses about their anxiety each time they log in to their online bank account. Will the mortgage payment still be there? Will their heartbeat rapidly increase because their loved one is late coming home?
Many of the feelings that family members experience aren’t the choices they want to make. But our therapists can help them cope with these feelings going forward. They can arm them with strategies for identifying genuine signs and symptoms of relapse while teaching them how to self-calm and distinguish real concerns from past experiences.
Bringing Families Together to Heal
No matter how out of control your family dynamic has seemed because of a loved one’s addiction, there is hope if you are all willing to attend treatment. Healing takes time and an understanding of addiction and one’s thoughts and behaviors, as well as a commitment to practice new ways of coping and connecting. We have the expertise needed to gently guide families to a new place of calm, understanding, and real healing.
As a faith-based rehab, we fully acknowledge that we also have faith in individuals seeking to improve their situation, to make it healthier and happier. We have faith that this is all possible, and we help families also rely on their Christian faith to transform their suffering into healing.
If you and your family are struggling to heal in association with substance addiction, consider traveling to JC’s Recovery Center and spend time with us on our Southern Florida rehab campus. You’ll experience the benefit of our experience and long-time experience in helping families cope with addiction fallout. We can help your family forge a path to a brighter future together.