How Family Counseling Can Help You Better Understand Your Loved One’s Addiction

When a loved one has an addiction, it affects not only their health and wellbeing, but also has a major impact on the family and friends close to them. As a result, those associated with a addicted person often go through the same kind of emotional and behavioral turmoil as the addict.

One way to prevent the fallout addiction can cause in your extended family is to get involved in professional counseling. To help multiple family members affected by addiction, Dr. Sherman offers opportunities for family counseling.

How family counseling works

Family counseling is the prime opportunity not only to help your loved one fight back against their addiction, but it’s also the ideal way to express all your concerns and questions about the situation.

Through family counseling services, you can directly address the issues that personally affect your emotional and physical health without fear of judgment or criticism. Family counseling is a safe place where you can open up lines of communication.

In some cases, family counseling sessions may include all members of the family, including the loved one struggling with addiction. In other cases, counseling sessions may be done one-on-one for the good of individual family members. Generally, counseling services are available for all members of the family, and Dr. Sherman can establish a custom treatment plan to cater to family members of varying age.

By speaking out loud about your concerns and feelings surrounding your loved one, you can learn more about yourself and your loved one’s struggle. Dr. Sherman offers guidance along the way to ensure all family members feel included and validated.

Gain insight and resources about addiction

Because addiction is such a complex issue, family counseling can provide you and your family members with educational opportunities to better understand the root cause of addiction.

These resources also address behaviors and beliefs that may be impacting the patient’s tendency to keep using alcohol or drugs. In many cases, family members have no idea how to truly support recovery and need to learn techniques, such as setting boundaries and how to stick with them.

Achieving your own recovery

Hoping for the successful recovery of a loved one addicted to drugs or alcohol is just part of the equation. In order to bring back the close, trusting relationship between family members, each of those affected by the addiction also needs to achieve recovery.

Your recovery as someone close to another person in addiction is immensely important. It’s where you learn to accept and overcome the myriad feelings associated with a loved one in addiction. This recovery is necessary for your own health and welfare, and often vital to your family as a unit.

Without proper treatment, family members of those with addictions can fall victim to common mental health issues associated with addiction, including chronic depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By discussing the impact addiction has had on your life, you can reduce your risk for developing mental, emotional, and even physical effects of constant stress and worry.

If life with a loved one working through addiction is becoming overwhelming for you and your family, consider the many benefits family counseling can offer. Book an appointment online or by calling Dr. Sherman’s office today.

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