What is Family Systems at Silicon Beach Outpatient?
Family Systems Therapy at Silicon Beach Outpatient is one of the therapy methods used by the therapists at our outpatient facility. Family Systems Therapy uses a systems view on the family and as part of an emotional unit. Each part of the system is in relation to the whole. It suggests that any individual’s behavior inside that system directly affects the functioning of the whole unit.
When a person is abusing drugs or alcohol, it has a direct effect on all the members within a family. Silicon Beach Outpatient focuses on the whole family unit so that everyone in the family recognizes their own needs, and can be used to provide guidance and healing to not only the addict but also to everyone else affected. Addressing the family as a whole makes the addict feel as if they are not battling the addiction alone. This also creates an opportunity to show other family members the roles that they could've been playing to encourage this behavior.
Co-dependency or enabling are huge issues that often occur in family units. By having a Family Systems Therapy approach to treatment, it allows everyone in the family to see the problems at hand and react accordingly with the suggestions that are discovered in therapy.
There must not only be changes from the family member who uses substances, but for the family as a whole. With the whole family working together this creates an environment where everyone in the household are on track with the same goals of sustained recovery for the addict.
One of the major goals of Family Systems Therapy is prevention, especially since substance abuse and addiction can pass from one generation to the next. If the family unit as a whole does not tolerate the abuse of drugs and alcohol, this will reduce the risk for other family traumas such as chronic unemployment, criminal behavior, and continued drug abuse.
How Effective is Family Systems Therapy?
Research suggests that having family therapy in the therapeutic approach for substance abuse and addiction is more beneficial than not. Silicon Beach Outpatient thinks that recovery should be a family effort due to its ability to increase the engagement in treatment, reduce the drug and alcohol use, discourage relapse, and improve social and family functioning.
For additional information about Silicon Beach Outpatient and our outpatient drug treatment facility, please contact us today at 844.415.8198.