Family Program in Addiction Treatment | Learn Rehab Skills that Help Addiction in a Family Program

Family Program in Addiction Treatment | Learn Rehab Skills that Help Addiction in a Family Program


Hi, I’m Dr. Allison Hopkins the clinical
director at Channel Islands Rehab in Ventura County California. Today’s
episode is about a family program in an addiction treatment center. A good addiction treatment program will have a family program. The disease of addiction
impacts the entire family as well as the person living with the addiction. In a
family program, family members learn skills to help their loved one and
themselves function as a family and expressing their feelings in a healthy
way. I am a child of an alcoholic, my biological dad is an alcoholic, and I was
impacted by my parents divorce. It’s important to break the cycle of
addiction. In my experience, I have adults groups taking place at the same time as
a child’s group; discussing the same topic. Topics such as self-esteem, dealing
with feelings in a healthy way, decision-making skills and celebrating
each individual within that family. This format allows the family to communicate and it strengthens the bond when the client returns home from treatment. I
encourage families to have at least one meal a day together and start the meal
with sharing information about their day: What went well, what didn’t go so well,
what didn’t feel so good about their day. I stress the importance of a family
program as a cornerstone of addiction treatment because this disease impacts
the entire family and all family members need to learn to cope, develop, and grow.
As you can see it is important that treatment you receive needs to be
combined with other treatments and methods
as no one treatment fits all, a whole client approach. The disease of addiction
affects the mind, body and spirit. Next time we will discuss self-hypnosis and how lasting recovery is within reach. Thank you for listening.

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