Should You Consider Family Therapy?

March 3rd, 2020

Families with an individual(s) struggling with addiction or other mental health problems face a much higher hill to climb than others in order to find happiness and amicability. More often than not, the amount of work for just about every member involved has to be much higher. They frequently must demonstrate perseverance and resilience when low points are inevitably reached. Many of these families who do find happiness through the rough will probably credit some of their success to family therapy, because for most of them it likely played a huge role.

Family therapy means going as a collective to meet with a professional and discuss problems, communication, and other issues that they are facing amongst each other. The main objective of each session is to find the best way to work through these problems with the help of a neutral moderator that understands their goals and how they can achieve them. So, with all of this in mind, should you consider family therapy if any of this sounds helpful to your situation? The obvious answer is a resounding yes, and what really needs to be considered is the consequences of ignoring or not getting your family involved if you are suffering through addiction or other mental health problems.

While everybody should at least consider family therapy, not everybody is in the position to take part in it. If you do not have a good relationship with your family members or do not communicate with them anymore for reasons beyond your journey to recovery, it is perfectly fine to not want to partake in therapy like this. There are plenty of support systems besides trusting in family members, and any professional institution will be devoted to helping you find what works best for you.

Why Support Systems Matter

A recurring concept you’ll see in a lot of our blog posts is that we’re very big on support systems. They’ve been proven to be an essential part of the healing process. Support systems allow someone facing addiction to surround themselves with like-minded and supportive individuals who want the same thing that you do. Additionally, they allow for a direct output to voice their struggles and push a healthy type of peer pressure at all times. The low points of recovery don’t fall so low and the highs become more frequent.

When someone struggling chooses to invest in family therapy with their loved ones, they are establishing another support system to confide in. A great aspect about family therapy is that it zooms the scope out beyond just who is fighting, but also every member of the family. This can be essential for the ones who are sacrificing huge amounts of time, money, or resources to fight for someone else’s recovery.

Everybody needs an outlet to voice their struggles, each and every member of a family that’s fighting. It can be a great chance for relatives to express to somebody recovering just how much they mean to them, or illustrate how hard they’ve been working to help them find success. Family therapy serves as a grounding point and something to cling to during tougher times.

The Impact of the Recovery Process on Families

Just about everybody knows that recovery is not even close to an easy process to achieve, or even maintain. It takes more time, money, and resources than people usually have to offer up willingly. For this exact reason, the recovery process almost always has to involve other people in order to come to fruition. Even more so, a lot of the time other people get involved is when they are a direct family member or someone very close to them (like family).

Watching and helping someone who is going through a difficult struggle can be stressful if you love them. Many may even blame themselves for something that is out of their control. Even worse, if you are the one struggling you may not have the energy or ability to even realize that other people are also challenged by your problems. When enough time passes, trust and communication will erode and relationships can be damaged or even destroyed irreparably in some of the worst cases.

Family therapy not only acknowledges the harsh reality of helping someone recover, but seeks to either proactively stop it from happening in the future or help heal damages that have already occurred. 

Some Final Thoughts

Family therapy is not a catch-all solution to recovery or maintaining a good relationship with family. It’s imperative that those trying to fight addiction or mental health ailments take part in multiple forms of treatment solution at a time. It’s highly recommended that other support systems are found, ideally ones involving the help of professionals. If family can see their struggling kin fighting hard to make a change, they’re even more like to want to maintain their help, support, and love. 

Windmill Wellness is proud to offer family therapy alongside addiction and mental health struggle recovery services. Through a blend of traditional and proven methods paired with newer and more technological treatments, we seek to not only eradicate the problem but help find out what brought someone there in the first place. By rooting out the source of struggle, recovery becomes a more concise and effective process that minimizes the chances of relapse in the future. 

Take the time to learn more about us and our treatment techniques if family therapy seems like a good solution for you. Take the first steps and reach out to us with an email or a phone call, we’ll be happy to talk with you.