Why Is Family Involvement Limited During Early Recovery?

Why Is Family Involvement Limited During Early Recovery?

Many facilities either choose not to directly involve the family in treatment or increase their participation only in the later stages. Newport Beach Recovery Center allows families to contact their loved ones throughout treatment and may facilitate family therapy during later stages of treatment. We also provide support services, including referrals and information on community resources for families of individuals in recovery for substance use disorder (SUD).

We encourage treatment involvement when the family dynamic is healthy because it provides clients with an additional source of support. According to Social Work in Public Health, “Treating the individual without family involvement may limit the effectiveness of treatment for two main reasons: it ignores the devastating impact of SUDs on the family system leaving family members untreated, and it does not recognize the family as a potential system of support for change.” We believe the entire family unit should have support during the recovery process and provide referrals to family members who would like to attend individual therapy.

Why Is Family Often Not Involved in Early Recovery?

Early recovery, including treatment for detox and withdrawal, often does not include family therapy or much communication between clients and their loved ones. The reasons are practical. People in detox and withdrawal often have severe symptoms affecting their mental and physical health. Therefore, the best treatments are proper nutrition, therapeutic support, and a structured environment. In addition, contact with loved ones at that time might be emotionally destabilizing.

How Can Family Members Support Their Loved Ones?

Your family member will not be entirely cut off even during the earliest stages of detox and withdrawal, and they can do things to help support you throughout rehabilitation. For example, many facilities like Newport Beach Recovery Center will set up weekly calls with family members where they can check in with you over the phone to offer moral support and encouragement.

Can Anyone Attend Family Therapy?

Multiple therapeutic methods exist to treat family trauma and dysfunction. Family therapy is among the more popular options for individuals in residential or outpatient treatment for SUD. Anyone relevant to your recovery can attend family therapy, including:

  • Friends
  • Blood relatives
  • Adopted relatives
  • Roommates
  • Significant others
  • Mentors and sponsors

Although anyone can attend family therapy, not everyone should. In some instances, family therapy may exacerbate the issue. For example, if your loved one has opposing views on therapy or religious objections, having them attend sessions might cause more harm than good.

What Family Members Should Not Be Involved in Treatment?

Not every family member is willing or able to offer relevant support during recovery. In some cases, they do not have the emotional capacity to cope with their issues while providing compassionate encouragement to someone else. In those instances, some clients have a better outcome if their family members are not involved in the treatment process. At Newport Beach Recovery Center, we believe that families have a lot to offer, and their involvement can have a profound effect. However, in some instances involving family members may not benefit clients or their loved ones.

You should avoid regularly interacting with the following types of people during rehabilitation:

  • Anyone who reacts to treatment with shame, anger, or disgust
  • Anyone who constantly belittles you or uses your diagnosis as an excuse to blame you for their own choices
  • Anyone who has a strong religious or cultural objection to substance misuse and treatment
  • Anyone who frequently treats you disrespectfully and without regard for your mental health
  • Anyone who actively misuses substances

Individuals who will not uplift you and give you the time and space to heal should not have an opportunity to participate in your recovery. We understand relationships with family members can become strained, and you might feel compelled to “put up” with their behaviors to avoid conflict. However, allowing yourself to be emotionally mistreated or neglected can significantly impact your ability to prevent relapse during continuing care and ongoing recovery.

How Does Long-Term Recovery Affect Family Dynamics?

To succeed in long-term recovery, you should have a stable and supportive home environment and healthy relationships that encourage self-accountability. Positive family dynamics can motivate you to continue progressing in therapy despite the occasional setbacks that come with recovery.

Ongoing recovery can affect family dynamics in the following ways:

  • Improve verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Increase emotional support
  • Encourage better social interactions
  • Strengthen established boundaries
  • Improve conflict resolution and problem-solving skills

Every family member will benefit from you taking steps to repair the damage caused by maladaptive behaviors and past choices. You can take steps to strengthen those bonds and create a healthier and happier family unit using the resources at Newport Beach Recovery Center.

Newport Beach Recovery Center incorporates supportive family members in treatment when it will most benefit the client. If you and your loved ones share a strong bond and you want them to be a part of your rehabilitation, we can incorporate family therapy and support services into your treatment plan. For many people, early recovery requires complete focus on getting through the stages of detox and withdrawal. Family involvement in therapy is often limited during those stages because it can distract you from various aspects of therapy and treatment. You will collaborate with your care team to determine when or if to include your loved ones in the treatment process. Sometimes, family members cause more harm than good, and it might be in your best interest to avoid including them. To find out more about our treatment and family services, call us today at (888) 850-0363.

How Does a Family History of Mental Health Issues Affect Treatment?

How Does a Family History of Mental Health Issues Affect Treatment?

Individuals who grow up in a family where loved ones struggle with substance misuse and mental health issues have a much higher risk of developing substance use disorder (SUD) and dual diagnosis. In addition, adolescents and young adults are more likely to experience problems with substance misuse if a parent has untreated SUD. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “about 12.3 percent of children aged 17 or younger” lived with “at least one parent with a SUD.” Being in such close proximity to the damaging effects of substance misuse can contribute to the following:

  • Behavioral issues
  • Lack of academic success
  • Reduced social skills
  • Family dysfunction

Treatment for individuals with a family history of substance misuse often involves trauma and family therapy to identify and resolve underlying issues. The rehabilitation programs at Newport Beach Recovery Center can treat SUD and help you recover from a family history of substance misuse or mental health disorders.

How Do Toxic Family Dynamics Increase the Risk of Substance Misuse?

The following toxic family dynamics can affect SUD treatment and recovery:

  • Generational trauma
  • Co-dependency
  • Domestic abuse
  • Childhood sexual or physical abuse
  • Parental fighting or a hostile divorce
  • Enabling behaviors
  • Stigmatizing behaviors
  • Indifference or neglect

Unsafe living environments also contribute to family issues during recovery. Newport Beach Recovery Center offers family therapy and support services. We also provide referrals and information on local community self-help groups and assistance locating financial or housing services if you do not have a safe place to return after treatment. We believe that education and a supportive community can help families heal and grow together while overcoming the effects of SUD.

How Can You Avoid Co-dependency and Enabling Relationships?

People with a family history of mental health issues have a higher risk of becoming part of an enabling or codependent relationship. You might not have had healthy role models to look up to during adolescence and young adulthood. Suppose you have difficulty recognizing or avoiding toxic relationships. In that case, it might be helpful to participate in a family-focused self-help group, family therapy, or classes on developing healthy family dynamics.

Below are a few ways you can avoid unhealthy relationships:

  • Learn to recognize signs of a codependent or enabling relationship
  • Set clear boundaries in your relationships
  • Communicate your needs clearly and actively listen to the needs of the other person
  • Increase your self-awareness and feelings of self-worth
  • Do not do things to please or protect the other person at the risk of your own mental or physical well-being
  • Practice conflict resolution and problem-solving skills
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help outside the relationship

In a relationship, people should healthily support one another. If you often make excuses for the other person or do things to make them happy, you might be in a toxic relationship. You can talk to an individual therapist or family counselor about ways to improve and repair damaged relationships and unhealthy dynamics. Romantic, sibling and parental relationships are the most common to develop co-dependency and enabling behaviors.

How Do You Break the Cycle of Multi-Generational Substance Misuse?

In some families, multiple generations actively engage in substance misuse. You can break the cycle by doing the following:

  • Entering a rehabilitation program and actively engaging in recovery
  • Cutting ties with toxic family members
  • Attending therapy and counseling to repair relationships
  • Becoming a role model to your family members by showing them how sobriety can improve overall health
  • Moving out of toxic home environments

When Should You Cut Ties With Family Members?

Breaking the cycle of abuse and substance misuse can sometimes mean cutting off ties with your close friends and family. You might hesitate out of a sense of loyalty or fear of being alone. However, you will not have to go through recovery on your own. A vibrant and diverse recovery community exists in most cities around the country. Deciding to distance yourself from the toxic people in your life can free you from their influence and allow you to build lasting, meaningful relationships with others who genuinely have your best interest at heart.

Cutting ties is a big step, and not recognizing when to take them can keep you living in an unhealthy environment. You would benefit from breaking off relationships with family members who do the following:

  • Verbally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abuse you
  • Dismiss your needs and concerns
  • Enable or actively encourage substance misuse
  • Engage in substance misuse or unhealthy risk-taking behaviors
  • Treat you unfairly or badly because of your past substance misuse
  • Judge you harshly for attending treatment

If the people in your life do not uplift you somehow, they may not have a place in your sober future. Not everyone wants to get better, and loved ones who choose to continue spreading negativity or hate should not inhibit your recovery. Cutting ties is not easy. However, sometimes it is necessary.

A family history of substance misuse and mental health issues can impact recovery in multiple ways. Some people may have a genetic risk of developing certain disorders, while others might not have a strong support system. If you feel like your family has contributed to your substance misuse, you can address that during therapy. In some cases, family-focused self-help groups and counseling can help heal the family. Suppose however, you are part of a family that actively supports addictive behaviors or undermines your choices. In that case, sober, you might benefit from setting clear boundaries and cutting ties with toxic family members. Making these changes is never easy, and you may need to overcome enabling or codependent relationships to maintain sustainable sobriety. To find out more about Newport Beach Recovery Center and the family services we offer, call us today at (888) 850-0363.