Generally, individuals who become dependent on drugs or alcohol have families who have watched them fall victim to the tightening grasp of addiction. No matter a family’s efforts, the addicted individual continues to use despite the consequences. This can wreak havoc to a family dynamic, resulting in loss of trust, understanding, and healthy relationship boundaries. Once the addicted individual has decided to seek help through treatment, they have the option of selecting a facility that provides family counseling services. Counseling family members that have been affected by their loved one’s addiction can help to aid the healing process, provide helpful information, and prepare the family unit to support their recovering loved one.

Why is Counseling Family throughout Treatment Necessary?

The individuals with the highest chance of a recovery success have a support system behind them. Recovery is not easy, but it’s even harder if the people closest to an individual are not openly supportive of their recovery. Additionally, addiction is a disease of secrets and deception. Undoubtedly, when a loved one develops addictive behaviors, family members are the ones to pick up the pieces of their wreckage. This creates mistrust and crosses healthy family boundaries. Counseling family throughout treatment allows both families and the addicted loved one to openly express their feelings, develop healthy boundaries, and become a supportive unit geared toward success in recovery.  There are many beneficial qualities to counseling family throughout treatment including:

Communication- Addiction is a disease that often comes with dishonesty and deceit. Family members will be lied to and even manipulated so that the addicted loved one can get their fix. This perpetual routine of deceit leads to mistrust, hurt, and misunderstanding. Counseling family throughout addiction treatment allows the family unit to develop effective ways to communicate without lies and manipulation.

Expression- For a family, it can be emotionally stressful watching a loved one turn down the dark path of addiction. They often have no way of expressing the way that this addiction makes them feel, and family counseling is a safe and professionally guided setting in which they can do so. Additionally, throughout counseling, addicted individuals have the opportunity to open up to family and loved ones about their addiction and newfound sobriety.

Boundaries- Manipulation, enabling, and dishonesty by both family members and the addicted loved one can lead to diminished appropriate family boundaries. Learning new sober and communication skills provide families with the tools they need to set new, healthy boundaries that will allow the family unit to stay supportive and effective throughout recovery.

Counseling Family Members at Discovery Institute

At Discovery Institute, we offer a complete family counseling program that addresses many aspects of addiction and addictive behaviors throughout treatment. During family counseling, families will address:

  • Emotional family experiences that may have resulted in the development of addictive behaviors.
  • What an unhealthy family environment looks like in terms of enabling, codependency, and finger pointing.
  • The progress an addicted loved one is making throughout their time in treatment.
  • How to keep the family environment safe for their recovering loved one.
  • Additional outside sources for continued support once treatment concludes.

Ready for Family Counseling Services?

If you think that your family may benefit from the advantages that family counseling throughout addiction treatment has to offer, The Discovery Institute of New Jersey can help. Aside from family counseling, our facility offers all types of treatment programs. Each individual that comes through our doors will be assessed for their own specific needs; matched with the programs that our specialists deem most necessary and helpful. If this includes family counseling, your family will be able to benefit from the healing that therapy can bring. Give your family member the best chance of recovery success by providing them with the opportunity to have the help they need to get better. Ready to talk to an addiction specialist about what programs you or a loved one might need to kick an addiction to the curb for good? Give us a call today at 888-616-7177 to hear more about our many programs and services. Or, visit our website to learn about why addiction treatment is vital to the health and safety of your loved one as they attempt to begin their recovery journey.


Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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