Family Therapy

family therapy

There is no method of treatment that works universally. In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all option. Each individual requires care that meets their unique needs. However, there is one constant in all of this in that most abusers have families or loved ones that have been impacted negatively by this disease. Granite Mountain offers those families options to be sure that they’re not forgotten amid all the heartache. It is called family therapy. 

Addiction is an illness that deserves a good deal of attention. It is worth noting, however, that some of this attention deserves to go to the families and loved ones of those involved. 

Substance abuse does not discriminate, and it has no qualms with catching others in the crossfires. Sometimes, those that have been hurt the most aren’t the abusers, but in fact, their families. 

What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy sessions at Granite Mountain typically include the following:

  • Therapy sessions with a professionally licensed counselor and the family
  • Family education activities
  • Group therapy sessions with substance abuse victims and their loved ones 

The goal of family therapy is to evaluate one’s home and family life concerning their substance abuse. This allows our team of professional therapists and psychiatrists to identify what exactly the center of the problem is. Identifying the root causes will allow for a smoother healing process.

Just like each patient that steps through the doors of our treatment facility is unique and requires individualized care, every family member also has needed to be met; at Granite Mountain, our goal is to meet those needs. This is a very delicate process due to the amount of emotion one feels regarding the impact that the residual effects of substance abuse have had on them.

To combat substance abuse as a family, one needs to have all of the necessary tools at their disposal and know how to use them. Family therapy aims to do just that while mending the broken relationships between loved ones. Oftentimes our counselors find that substance abuse started with an unhealthy family dynamic. This is an important factor in determining the significance of family therapy on one’s recovery journey.

Why Choose Family Therapy?

Support is a catalyst for success. Those who suffer from addiction have been impacted, and so have their families. At Granite Mountain, we are committed to healing the dynamic between users and their loved ones through family therapy. This is because we value those who are afflicted by substance abuse, whether they’re the ones abusing, or just experiencing the residual effects of it all. 

Our goal is to care for them in a way that nobody ever has in the realm of professional health-care. We do this so that families can be restored, relationships can be mended, and patients can learn to trust in their loved ones.

Substance abuse has dangerous long-term effects. It is because of this that it is imperative to find help as soon as possible. It doesn’t take much to destroy trust these days, and substance abuse finds a way to creep in and expedite the process if left unchecked. Family members will avoid bringing the problems up altogether because of the irritability it causes. This is why it is so significant to seek help. 

At Granite Mountain, what we want is for broken families to be mended. To do so, every member needs to work together as a team. Grace and understanding are at the forefront of everything we do, and as a result, the impossible is possible. Those who attend our family therapy sessions are often enamored by the validation and understanding they feel; when everyone who has been hurt feels understood, it improves the health of the overall health of a family.

Should We Consider Family Therapy?

Substance abuse never only affects one person. It has a way of impacting familial by-standers. When this happens, family therapy should be seriously considered. Sometimes, family therapy is the last step in one’s treatment. If this is the case, a family must be prepared. This particular sort of therapy has the potential to make a positive impact on loved ones and substance abusers in recovery.

Different Types of Therapy

Due to the unique needs of each patient, several kinds of therapy exist. There’s no doubt that therapy is important, and oftentimes it propels one’s rehab further than it’s ever gone before. Some of the different kinds of therapy include the following:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy

Individual Therapy

When it comes to individual therapy, the name truly implies the intent. Those who participate in individual therapy are the sole focus of each session. This allows our professionally trained therapists to help patients strengthen themselves on a more intimate basis. This allows those who suffer to address their substance abuse within the confines of a closed session. This is helpful because some people need more privacy when it comes to their recovery. 

The purpose of individual therapy is to help patients cope with their addiction. It allows individuals the opportunity to change their perspective on their illness into a more positive view. Giving each individual a safe space to throw down their emotional baggage allows them to change their perspective. Sometimes, people don’t become addicted to using a drug as an end to itself, but rather as a means to an end, to achieve some sort of relief from whatever dragged them there in the first place.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is another method of treatment in which patients come together to confide in each other, disclosing details concerning their substance abuse. This gives a gateway to conversations concerning the origin of their abuse and even the way it has impacted those that love them. Mediated by a licensed therapist, group therapy sessions provide patients with a vast array of skills to help them along in their recovery journey. Every area of substance abuse, from physical to mental, is covered in these sessions. 

The purpose of group therapy is to empower individuals and help build a support system around them so that they are held accountable concerning their drug use and life in general. This support system of sorts provides individuals with a safe space to communicate the effects of their addiction amongst their rehab group members. Ultimately, uniting each patient against a common threat is fuel to the fire of recovery. 

Here at Granite Mountain, we desire to provide each individual with a safe space to feel as though they’re not alone, and that they’re understood. Meeting each patient with compassion and grace improves the likelihood of success in the recovery process. Nobody wants to feel isolated, especially those suffering from something as painful as substance abuse. The unity one feels in group therapy has had a positive impact on those who participate. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) provides patients with coping strategies and aims to help improve their behaviors when it comes to substance abuse and mental illness. This method is used to evaluate one’s specific thought process. This allows our professional therapists to understand someone’s motivations for their actions. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) aims to treat the following illnesses:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Substance abuse

Skills training, team consultation, and individualized care is at the center of DBT. This allows patients to receive help when it comes to their psychological disorders, including borderline personality disorder. DBT is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that helps evaluate the thoughts and motivations of each patient, in hopes to provide them with the tools to overcome their mental illness.

Our Family at Granite

At Granite Mountain, we’re committed to providing you and your family with the best treatment experience possible. Our patients and their loved ones deserve the best, so our family wants to be all-in on overseeing your recovery journey. Some of our family members include the following:

  • Our staff – Those who work for us at Granite long to provide you and your family with every need you may have while participating in recovery.
  • Doctors – Our doctors aim to facilitate a safe environment for one’s recovery management. This includes catering to one’s mental and physical well-being.
  • Therapists – Professionally trained and licensed therapists at Granite Mountain work well with patients and their loved ones who struggle with everything substance abuse throws at them.

Join the Granite Family

Our philosophy at Granite Mountain is to help those in need by whatever means necessary as it pertains to their substance abuse recovery. Because of this, we will do whatever it takes to provide patients and their families with the best addiction treatment available. If you or a loved one suffer from substance abuse and would like information on where to go from here, you can contact us, or call us at (928) 756-0694.

References

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma13-4784.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64269/

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma15-4219.pdf

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/evidence-based-approaches-to-drug-addiction-treatment/behavioral-5

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-adolescent-substance-use-disorder-treatment-research-based-guide/evidence-based-approaches-to-treating-adolescent-substance-use-disorders/family-based-approaches

https://www.verywellfamily.com/when-do-i-need-family-counselor-1270709

 

Article Reviewed by Gregory Struve

Gregory StruveGreg received a Master’s in Counseling from the Adler Graduate School in 2006. He trained at one of the top trauma and anxiety treatment centers in the world until 2008, when he became a faculty member at Grand Canyon University. From 2011 to 2016 he directed a program that lead the field in terms of innovative treatment of anxiety and trauma. During that time he even made several appearances on A&E’s intervention.