Why “Family” Matters in Addiction Recovery

Why “Family” Matters in Addiction Recovery

Working with addiction specialists at Yale and other universities, Aware Recovery Care has developed a novel and demonstratively effective home-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment program.

The program is novel for several reasons – including its home-based approach, its reliance on a team of addiction specialists assigned to each client, and its reliance on technology.

But perhaps no one thing distinguishes Aware Recovery Care from others in the field more than its focus on working within the family unit to help those trapped by addiction.

What do we mean by working within the family unit?

Aware Recovery Care has developed what’s referred to as a family systems treatment component to its addiction treatment protocol.

Family systems therapy views the family as an emotional unit and uses this concept to describe the complex interactions within each family.

Families are, by their nature, emotionally interdependent. This interdependence presumably evolved to allow families to protect, shelter, and feed their members. Heightened stresses can, however, disrupt these processes and lead to problems.

In fact, symptoms in individuals (including addiction) are often expressions of dysfunction within a family.

As an example, when family members get anxious, that anxiety is often contagious. As the level of anxiety escalates within the family, the emotional bonds within that unit may become frayed and become far more stressful than comforting. Often in these cases, one member of the family absorbs a disproportionate share of the family’s emotional burden and begins to feel overwhelmed, isolated, or out of control.

It’s these individuals that are often most vulnerable to problems such as depression, alcoholism and/or drug addiction.

In light of the family’s importance in any individual’s mental and physical health, Aware Recovery Care has a dedicated family wellness team to work with those identified as client family allies (or allies in the family). The services this team provides include uniquely tailored monthly Family Education Facilitator sessions with telephone support as needed. Additionally, the family and client have four Family Systems Therapy sessions with a licensed therapist who collaborates with each client’s treatment team Care Coordinator. Aware also offers four standing Family Meetings that give the treatment team, the client, and the family an opportunity to talk about progress and ongoing needs for the client and the family. These family wellness services allow clients’ loved ones to experience a parallel recovery process where it can have the greatest effect – in the home.

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and need help in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, the recovery teams at Aware Recovery Care are here to help. And we come to you, regardless of where you live. Our unique in-home treatment model of care gives clients a significantly better chance of recovery compared to traditional inpatient rehab care. Please get in touch with one of our Recovery Specialists to learn more.