Family Counseling Services for Addiction for Charlotte Residents
Family Counseling for Addiction for Charlotte, NC Residents
If you or someone you love is suffering from an addiction to substances, you know how overwhelming this disease can be. When a family member is diagnosed with a substance use disorder, getting treatment is the next logical step towards healing.
Obtaining family counseling services during rehab is also very important because:
· Your family holds a lot of weight when it comes to making changes in your life.
· Having your family participate in your rehab therapy makes it more likely that you’ll remain on the road to recovery.
· By including your family in your therapeutic sessions, they will discover and discuss ways to begin healing the damage addiction has caused them in their lives.
· Family therapy tends to increase happiness in the group.
Each member of your family will feel the repercussions initiated by your reliance on drugs or alcohol. Through family counseling sessions, you’ll gain a better understanding as to why you began using substances in the first place. You’ll also discover how some of our family members may have contributed to or are keenly affected by your substance abuse. These insights will be immensely helpful to your recovery efforts.
At JC’s Recovery Center in Hollywood, Florida, we offer family therapy as part of our rehab programs, because addiction touches on everyone with whom you have a relationship. This can mean your parents, children, spouse, and other relatives you have a close relationship with.
Finding success in rehab treatment will require that you have a strong relationship with your family and close friends. They will be a considerable part of your primary support system when you’ve recovered from substance addiction. Investing in these relationships through counseling can be the cornerstone of your ability to prevent relapse after recovery.
How Addiction Affects The Family
When you’re in the throes of addiction, you may not be fully aware of your disease’s impact on your family and friends. The truth is that addiction takes a toll on a person’s immediate family, extended family members, and close friends who consider them family.
Your loved ones are impacted by addiction in different ways. Each relationship with a family member is unique, which is why addiction affects everyone differently. Parents may react in one way, while older and younger siblings act out in another direction. If you have your own children, they will inevitably be affected in multiple ways by this disease. The same is true of a spouse.
At JC’s Recovery & Counseling Center, Charlotte residents seeking rehab for addiction will engage in family counseling sessions as part of their treatment plan. If you’ve come to JC’s Recovery in South Florida from the Charlotte area, you may have made a temporary move away from a family member to undergo treatment with us. Perhaps you have a family who already lives in the area. Regardless, family counseling can also take place through long-distance methods, via phone, or computer.
Your family has likely noticed some changes in your behavior over time. Some members may dismiss these changes, while others will take careful notes and try to find out what’s happening. These differences may include:
· Physical appearance – you’ve lost or gained weight; your skin is suddenly breaking out with acne; your arms and face may have sores and scars from being picked at; your teeth seem to be rotting; your overall appearance is being neglected
· Physical health – so many health issues can crop up related to substance abuse; you may have insomnia, changes in blood pressure, have breathing difficulties
· Mental health – when you’re addicted to substances, you may have sudden mood swings, anxiety, paranoia, and depression
· Word or school – addiction affects your performance at work or in school; your grades may suddenly be suffering, or your job is at risk
If someone in your family shows these symptoms, you may choose to downplay these patterns that point to addiction. In the long run, though, having a substance use disorder will eventually come out and touch the family on many levels, such as:
Once addiction has come out into the open, everyone in the family will be affected in one way or another. As the person suffering from addiction, you play a key role in the family, while the people around you play supporting roles. You turn to substances to cope with your issues, which often leads to lying, cheating, and manipulating others. There are specific roles that family members tend to take when a loved one is addicted to substances:
The Hero: An older child or sibling will often try to portray an aura of normalcy outside the home and when among other family members. It’s a form of denial that ends up causing a lot of stress and anxiety from within.
The Scapegoat: A child may act out in response to a parent’s or sibling’s addiction issues. They’ll behave poorly to distract everyone from what is happening.
The Mascot: Instead of acting out, a person may respond to these family troubles by trying to make everyone laugh, even when it’s evident that the family is feeling uncomfortable. Feeling the need to provide comic relief can be stressful for this person.
The Enabler: This family member will deny that there’s anything amiss. Their role is to smooth things over to protect the family and make light of the situation. The enabler makes excuses for the actions of the person afflicted with addiction. This is often the role of a spouse or a child.
Learning Coping Skills as a Family
To effectively deal with addiction as a family unit, communication and education are essential. Ideally, the whole family will join together in therapy, but this isn’t always possible. It is crucial that the person suffering from addiction be involved in family therapy.
At JC’s Recovery in South Florida, our Family Program educates family members about addiction as a brain disease with causes and effects. During our family therapy sessions, each person will learn tools to understand how addiction treatment and recovery work. They’ll also learn:
· The leading roles the family plays during recovery
· How to interact in positive ways with someone facing addiction
· How to develop a healthier relationship
· The differences between dependency and inter-dependency
· Ways to work through familial conflicts
· Improved ways to communicate
Bringing Families Together to Heal
When you arrive at our South Florida center from Charlotte, you’ll immediately feel the impact our family-like environment has on our clients and staff members. Our main goal remains to fully support you in recovery and help you and your family reconnect in a climate of understanding, compassion, and healing.
We are a faith-based recovery center that relies on prayer, Christian values, and the Bible’s teachings. We combine those powerful tools with evidence-based therapies to help people suffering from addiction regain their lives.
People come to JC’s Recovery from all over the country, of all different faiths, to take part in our rehab programs. If you or someone in your life is suffering from an addiction to substances, call 844-524-6873 today.
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