When an addiction to alcohol or drugs takes root in someone’s life, the addict isn’t the only person who ends up suffering because of that substance abuse. Close friends and family of an addict are also heavily impacted by the addict’s choices and behavior.

Taking that into consideration, most rehabs in NJ include some form of family therapy that focuses on healing relationships and giving families and patients the tools needed to keep the home drug free.


Family Counseling

At Discovery, we use two forms of family counseling to help rebuild the relationships that are so often injured when someone has an addiction. These types of family counseling are individual family counseling and group family counseling.

In individual family counseling, the patient’s family members actually spend time with the therapist without having the addict present. The family members are seen on an individual basis by the therapist where they can discuss their anxieties, fears, and feelings that are linked to the addict’s behavior and addiction. This type of therapy is less about the relationships themselves and much more focused on helping heal the damage done to the individual people in the addict’s life.

On the other hand, group family counseling is centered around bringing the family together with the patient so they can work out the problems caused by the substance abuse and addiction. Group family counseling is done under the supervision and unobtrusive guidance of a professional therapist.


Role of Family in Rehabilitation

The most important aspect of family counseling is helping the patient’s family members understand that they will play a large part in making sure the patient doesn’t relapse. When rebuilding the connections through counseling, the hope is that the patient realizes how they are impacting their loved ones and that they will feel a sense of accountability toward the people in their lives, thereby thwarting relapse.

To get a family member the help they need or to ask any questions you might have about rehabs in NJ, contact Discovery right away.

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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