Information for Family Members of Those in an Addiction Treatment Program
Due to the way that addiction affects the lives of the individual’s loved ones and family members, it is viewed as a family disease.
The involvement of the family is an integral part in a successful recovery. While the client is in treatment at Sober Techniques, family members will receive weekly updates via the client’s case manager. If the family lives outside the area, phone sessions will be scheduled.
Family members are also invited to participate in family therapy with the client where they will participate in written exercises and counseling.
While the client is in recovery the involvement of the family will vary, but they are always encouraged to participate in the program.
Here at Sober Techniques, it is our belief that family involvement is one of the most important parts of the healing process. Throughout family therapy, the client and his or her family members are guided through the act of building a support structure that will be there for the client after treatment comes to an end. We also focus on the importance of supporting family members through their own healing process and recovery from the effects of their loved one’s addiction.
We strongly recommend that families participate in Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. These are support groups specifically for those who have a loved one battling the disease of addiction. These groups are a great introduction to our family support program at Sober Techniques.
At our luxurious recovery center, the focus is on the recovery of each and every client.
Our experienced staff encourage our clients to continue to keep in touch with them regarding the successes and challenges of his or her own personal recovery, even after the addiction treatment program has ended. When treatment is complete, our clients are filled with confidence, excitement, and a solid foundation for sustained recovery.
Addiction is considered to be a disease of the brain because of the way that drugs and alcohol alter the structure of the brain, as well as how it functions. These types of changes in the brain can last for a very long time. Addiction attacks the mid-brain which results in neurological dysfunction. The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) reports that addiction is a chronic disease comprised of brain reward, memory, motivation, and related circuitry. When a client is operating with dysfunctional brain circuitry, they are impacted on biological, psychological, and social levels. Addiction’s consistent set of symptoms includes: craving, dependency, impaired decision making or the ability to realize that there is an increasing problem, and distorted thinking. ASAM calls addiction a progressive disease and states that addiction can cause permanent disability or even death if the user does not enroll into an addiction treatment program.