Family Recovery Programme

Dealing with addiction is hard; not just for the addict, but for those family and close friends who are affected by the addict’s destructive behaviours. At Banbury Lodge, we provide pre, during and post-rehab support for you and your loved ones and help mend broken and fragmented relationships.

Addiction is a progressive illness and results in many families going through tough times but broken trust can be rebuilt and forgiveness forthcoming – Our team of qualified professionals are here to uncover root causes of addiction and help heal addicts and their families.

Our Family First Approach

We provide family therapy sessions during the patient’s rehab stay and for 1yr afterwards. Here family members and/or loved ones meet privately with one our addiction counsellors and work through issues, concerns and emotional breakdowns caused by the client’s destructive behaviour. Families can learn to accept the past and move forward together as a unit but this takes time.

Family issues are often a factor that contributes to a human-being becoming an addicted person. Using alcohol and/or drugs to numb/cope with past traumas or current circumstances are all too common. Childhood, trauma, abandonment, neglect, abuse etc… can have serious repercussions in later life.

However, it should be noted that many of our clients have had perfectly healthy and nurturing childhoods but ended up alcoholics or drug addicts nonetheless still went on to leave a trail of fragmented relationships with those they love most.

How Does It Work?

Family therapy in addiction treatment can be delivered in various different therapeutic styles including:

  • Marriage and family therapy.
  • Strategic family therapy.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Couples therapy.
  • Solution-focused family therapy.

Because of the range of approaches available to the counsellor, and the difference in individual need, family therapy will look and feel different for everybody.

Additionally, there are many different therapeutic approaches including:

  • Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT). This style is often used with young people. It occurs alongside individual sessions which will look at improving emotional regulation skills, relapse prevention and communication skills. The family sessions will explore how family dynamics might be utilized to have a positive impact.
  • Family behaviour therapy (FBT). This broad approach looks at the addictive behaviour as well as contributing factors like mental health issues, family problems, employment, and financial concerns. Treatment focuses on building interpersonal skills to improve home life and developing goals to address addictive behaviour.
  • Community and family approach (CRA). This approach encompasses not only the family but includes the community as well. Sessions will help you to improve communication and patterns in the family that might have been unhelpful. Additionally, this style aims to empower you to build a wider support system.

How Can It Help Families Dealing With Addiction?

Opens Up Communication

Living with addiction in the family is never easy. It is not just the addicted person who suffers the consequences of their addiction. Unfortunately, spouses, parents, siblings, and children often bear the brunt of addiction as well.

Active addiction often leads to a breakdown in communication. Family members may retreat into hurt silence or blame themselves for what is happening. Family therapy is designed to help break down that mistrust and guilt.

Improving Relationship Quality

Through family therapy, you will learn to practice positive communication skills, in conjunction with self-care skills. This combination will provide the opportunity for respectful, boundaries, and assertive communication.

Each family member will be able to take responsibility for their own recovery while processing their thoughts and feelings in a facilitated environment. Family therapy will also help families be aware of, and understand, enabling behaviours which may get in the way of recovery.

Understanding Addiction

Through therapy, family members can learn about the nature and processes of addiction, as well as the systems in place that will help support the addicted person when they leave treatment.

There are a number of interventions which can continue long after primary treatment is completed. It can be useful for the family members to learn about the 12 step fellowships, and to be aware of the ongoing work that may be required to bring about long term sobriety.

Family therapy offers an amazing opportunity to heal maladaptive patterns that might be playing out in your family. You can expect many positives to result from the treatment.