Drug and alcohol addiction changes lives. It impacts the way a person communicates, how he or she sees themselves, and how they interact with others. It is very common for relationships to suffer significant damage even if the members of that relationship want things to improve. When this happens, addiction therapy programs can help by providing the right strategies for rebuilding relationships from the ground up. At Archstone Behavioral Health, our family therapy programs can help with the process.
Before Rebuilding Relationships, Find Yourself
Before it is possible to rebuild relationships with family or friends, a person with substance use disorder needs to start on the path towards healing from addiction. That means going through medical detox and working through underlying mental health disorders. You cannot be a good friend or welcome a loved one back into your life until you have reached a level of stability. Once you do that in a professional setting, it is then possible to start rebuilding relationships.
Where Does Rebuilding Relationships Start?
Once you are no longer dependent on substances, you’ll be able to see a bit more clearly what’s happened to important relationships in your life. There’s often a lot of reason to need to work on rebuilding:
- People with addiction often lie about what they are doing because they don’t want to hurt a loved one.
- Anger is a common emotion for family members to experience because they may not understand the addiction.
- Fear of what is to come for a loved one using drugs and alcohol is very real.
- Poor communication can lead to plenty of misleading situations and dishonesty.
- Pain from the past trauma experienced may be misplaced and often feels impossible to overcome.
Because of all of this and other components of relationships that may suffer damage as a result of addiction, it’s critical for family and friends to work with a person with addiction through counseling.
Working to Build Trust in Relationships
One of the components to rebuilding these relationships is working on trust. The family and friends of a person with addiction may have a hard time trusting someone that hasn’t been honest about their drug and alcohol use or perhaps made empty promises before. A person with addiction may find it hard to trust a person who doesn’t understand their addiction or perhaps put them in a place of being at risk.
During therapy, the goal is to work through all of these challenges. This is done through individual and group therapy sessions with close family members. Talking is a big part of the healing process. Using role-playing scenarios, educational materials, and hands-on therapies can help people to see how every person in the relationship needs to change to make it through addiction recovery. That is not easy to do.
Overcoming the Addiction Through Treatment
The first step is to enroll in treatment programs that can help to address your specific needs. Our team at Archstone Behavioral Health offers a range of treatment programs that can help, including:
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Partial hospitalization program
- Residential treatment programs
- Psychotherapy program
During these programs, you’ll learn a great deal about yourself, your addiction, and the strategies you can take to rebuild important relationships. You’ll have the tools available to do just that in therapy.
Improve Your Future: Call Archstone Behavioral Health
How important is it for you to start rebuilding relationships? To do that, you have to start on the path of addiction recovery. Our team at Archstone Behavioral Health offers a treatment plan to help you start to heal and overcome the challenges you’re facing. All you have to do is to reach out to us now online or by calling 561.631.9478 to learn how to get started.