Addiction might seem like an individual disease, but it can take a toll on the whole family. Daniel Headrick, MD, and the addiction specialists at Tres Vistas Recovery understand that substance use disorder is a family disease. They provide support services for families to help them process the trauma of addiction, develop healthy coping skills, and provide support for their loved ones while holding appropriate boundaries. To learn about how family services complement recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, call the office in San Juan Capistrano, California today.
Addiction doesn’t only affect the person with a dependency on drugs or alcohol. Addiction can have a lasting effect on family members as well. Struggling to navigate the emotional entanglement that occurs when a loved one struggles with addiction can cause intense distress, impact self-esteem, and may lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
Family services at Tres Vistas Recovery provide education, healthy coping strategies, and emotional support for families.
Drug and alcohol addiction has both short and long-term effects on family members. Substance dependency often leads to conflict, the erosion of trust, and a break-down in communication. Addiction can create financial, legal, or medical problems that affect the entire household or extended family.
Witnessing the harmful physical and psychological effects of substance abuse can cause a trauma response in some family members. Partners, children, parents, and other relatives of the person with substance use disorder may develop unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as codependency.
Children who grow up with substance abuse in the home may develop mood disorders like anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They also have an increased risk of developing an addiction to drugs or alcohol themselves.
Tres Vistas Recovery offers the following family services for the duration of your loved one’s recovery program:
When your loved one enters treatment, they can request the inclusion of specific family members. The patient’s experienced clinician provides information via phone within the first seven days of treatment. There are also two onsite family therapy sessions offered during a standard 30-day recovery period.
On Sundays from 12:00-2:00 pm, approved family members may visit their loved one at Tres Vistas Recovery.
Periodically, Tres Vistas Recovery hosts a six-hour family day event that includes interactive groups exclusively for family members as well as activities to participate in with their loved one.
On Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm, family recovery specialist Ottis Johnson, CADC- CAS, hosts a support meeting for families. Sessions focus on the issues families face, coping skills, developing healthy boundaries, and providing appropriate support for the patient.
Tres Vistas Recovery recommends that family members work with an individual therapist and attend Al-Anon meetings to ensure comprehensive support when coping with addiction in the family.
To learn more about family services at Tres Vistas Recovery, call the office today.