When a parent is the family member suffering from addiction, the effects are innumerable. Drug addiction increases the likelihood of domestic violence, creates financial struggle and negatively impacts child development. Research indicates that children of addicts are significantly more likely to become addicts themselves, due to a genetic link to chemical dependency or the tendency of children to adopt parent behaviors. In short, parental alcohol or drug addiction can put a family’s immediate stability at risk and jeopardize the current and future well-being of children.
Why is Family Therapy Necessary During Intensive Outpatient Treatment?
Recovery might begin at the individual level, but family-level treatment is also an important component of rehabilitation. Over the course of active addiction, members of an addict’s family suffer a number of significant effects. Addiction can cause misunderstandings, animosities, resentment, and many other negative emotions. Family therapy is a form of action-oriented, focused counseling that helps families learn about addiction, in an effort to become more understanding and empathetic of their loved one’s disease. The ultimate goal of family therapy is to restore peace and unity as the addicted individual continues on the path to recovery from addiction.