FAMILY INTENSIVE SERIVCES
Addiction is a family disease in that it affects the entire family. Whether you’re a parent, sibling, spouse, friend, or chosen family – if you love someone with an addiction, there is a good chance you are hurting from that addiction too.
WHAT IS OUR FAMILY Intensive Therapy?
Recovery Unplugged's family-intensive therapy options are designed to provide comprehensive support and healing for families and loved ones affected by addiction and mental health disorders. Recognizing that addiction impacts not just the individual struggling with substance abuse, but also the people who love them, Recovery Unplugged offers intensive family therapy programs that are a crucial part of the recovery process.
These programs are tailored to address the unique needs of each family and typically involve immersive, concentrated therapy sessions that focus on improving communication, strengthening relationships, and promoting understanding and empathy among loved ones. Intensive family therapy at Recovery Unplugged recognizes the crucial role families and loved ones play in the recovery journey; and aims to heal and rebuild relationships, enhance the family's ability to provide support, and foster healthy communication patterns that can promote lasting recovery.
Family-intensive therapy is a vital component of the recovery process, as it addresses the multifaceted impact of addiction on not just the family unit, but on all relationships a person is at risk of losing to their addiction. Recovery Unplugged empowers families to play an active role in supporting their loved ones in their journey to lasting sobriety as well as set boundaries that will protect their peace and sense of self along the way.
WHY ARE LOVED ONES ENCOURAGED TO SEEK THERAPY?
Often, the people closest to an addict play a major role in motivating them to seek help. This could be through a frank conversation about their concerns with their loved one’s drinking or drug habits, a formal intervention with an addiction professional, or the eventual consequence of family and loved ones who can no longer be a part of the addict’s lifestyle detaching altogether. Not only does research support family involvement in the recovery process being linked to higher recovery rates, it also recognizes the toll that loving someone with an addiction takes on a person or group 1.
In family therapy, members of the family have the opportunity to talk through how their loved one’s addiction has affected them personally, but it also gives a healthy pathway to discuss the ways that their relationship with the addict may have impacted their connection with other family members as well. A husband who resents his wife for enabling their addicted child, a wife who blames their child’s addiction on her husband’s emotional distance, a sibling who feels unseen by parents who seem consumed by the needs of another child – these fractures affect the entire organism of the family system, and it doesn’t stop with biological family either. Friends, romantic partners, and chosen family all suffer disruption to relationships when addiction takes over; and they all play a role in helping their loved one overcome addiction – but they have to help themselves first. Whether it’s family therapy focusing on healthy communication or individual therapy focusing on codependent behaviors, when loved ones are willing to join in the intricacies of recovery by recognizing the parts of themselves that may also need healing, there is a consistently better outcome for all involved 3.
WHO CAN JOIN FAMILY-INTENSIVE THERAPY?
Family-intensive therapy at Recovery Unplugged is open to anyone who loves an addict and wants to see them recover. This includes friends, romantic partners, or members of a mutual community with no bias on religion, sex, gender or sexual orientation, race, or ability. We know that “family” can be represented in people outside of our bloodline and believe in the healing power of love over all else. We encourage anyone who is willing to be a part of their loved one’s recovery to join our family-intensive therapy program.
While we want nothing more than for every member of every family to overcome the total upheaval addiction brings, we know not everyone is ready and willing to accept help at the same time. Regardless, it’s never too early to start working on rebuilding the relationships with your family members, friends, partners, and yourself. The more united of a front you can present to your loved one struggling with addiction, the more likely they are to accept help and begin treatment 2. Your healing is not dependent on anyone else’s timeline, and we are here to help you each step of the way – regardless of what those steps may look like.
WHAT DOES FAMILY-INTENSIVE THERAPY LOOK LIKE?
Recovery Unplugged understands that people – and the dynamics of their relationships – are not one-size-fits-all. That’s why we’ve developed multiple options to choose from when navigating our program offerings. You’ll be able to choose a family session from 1 to 6 hours in length with a focus on relationship history, dynamics, and therapeutic intervention. Review our options below:
A 60-minute session aims to examine your family's ability to solve problems and express thoughts and feelings in a healthy way. By exploring the dynamics that inform issues contributing to conflict within your family, your therapist will guide you in finding healthy ways to work through any friction that may exist within your group.
LEVEL 1 FAMILY INTENSIVE
A level 1 family intensive is a 3-hour immersive experience into intensive family therapy involving complex family system dynamics, experiential therapy techniques and education that is pertinent to addressing past pain, enhancing communication skills and finding resolution to family conflicts.
LEVEL 2 FAMILY INTENSIVE
A level 2 Family intensive is a 6-hour immersive experience into intensive family therapy involving complex family system dynamics, experiential therapy techniques and education that is pertinent to addressing past pain, enhancing communication skills and finding resolution to family conflicts. A level 2 experience is designed to handle more complex system issues than compared to a level 1.
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